40 cameras will watch over the capital’s escalators and elevators

The project includes the repair, in many cases complete replacement, of the six escalators and elevators that were mainly inaugurated 10 years ago, although during this time in most cases the residents have seen these infrastructures paralyzed for longer than in operation. These are the stairs that link Paseo de Chil with Paseo de San Antonio, in the Mata area -seis cameras-; First of May with Domingo Guerra del Río street, in El Risco -cuatro-; the stairs and elevator from Miguel Servet to Centauro streets, which link the neighborhoods of San José and San Juan -12-; the stairs and elevator of Lomo Verdejo -10-; the Don Zoilo ravine elevator -four-; and, finally, that of Las Rehoyas -four-. The stairs of La Cícer are excluded as they are newly created and already have a video surveillance system.

Those of San Nicolás are the only ones that will have to be completely replaced as they are in very bad condition. In the rest of the stairs it will be necessary to change railings and some steps, among other elements; While in the elevators it will be necessary to replace keypads, ventilation systems, waterproofing of roofs and replace the automatic doors of almost all the elevators, with the exception of the one that connects the Canódromo park with the Barranquillo Don Zoilo.

“It made no sense that we made new stairs or elevators – the one that will link the hospital area of ​​the Insular with Zárate is already in the tender – and have those that already exist without functioning”, indicates the councilor for Urbanism, Javier Doreste. To prevent vandalism that these structures have suffered for years, the City Council will hire a company to monitor and supervise, both in the technical aspect and in the cleaning, all these elements “24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year, “says the councilor.

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“This will guarantee that they can always be in operation,” says the mayor. In addition, the 40 video surveillance cameras will function as a “deterrent” against possible acts of vandalism to avoid the situations that have occurred up to now – from locking the stairs with sticks, spraying the elevator buttons, breaking the windows of automatic doors or doing physiological needs in elevator cars.

Doreste affirms that this model “has been a success” on the La Cícer staircase – located next to the beach walkway – and that is why they want to transfer it to the other mechanical elements existing in the city. According to the mayor of Urbanism, there “there have been no incidents”, so it is to be expected that the cameras will achieve their objective and ward off possible vandals. And, although the residents of the capital are mostly skeptical about the bad experience that these structures have caused in the city, in places like Euskadi they work without problem.

Vertical mobility plan

The idea of ​​the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is to develop a vertical mobility plan with connections between different points in the lower and upper part of the capital. The elevator between the Blas Cabrera Felipe promenade – at the height of Zárate – and the Insular and Maternal Hospital is already up for tender. In addition, the elevator project that will link Pío XII street at the height of Doramas park with Altavista to connect the Upper City with the MetroGuagua stop that will be located nearby is already being completed. Urbanism has also devised three elements within the new special plan of San Nicolás – there will be priority with the one that will be located in the extension of Perdomo street-; There will be others predictably in the plans of the other cliffs and also between the walks from Chil and San Antonio or from La Minilla to Mesa and López. | av

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