The Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) is to start to regulate cyclists (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Anna Ferrer, director of the Observatorio de Seguridad Vial de la DGT, revealed that new regulations on the movement of bicycles in the cities to avoid the current problems that occur between pedestrians and other road users. Examples of the current problems can be seen in the annual survey of cyclists in Catalunya which has revealed that only 26 percent of cyclists ride in the road, with one fifth of users riding exclusively on the pavements for fear of an accident. The DGT now has plans to add a paragraph dedicated to the Highway Code governing bicycle use on public roads, especially in cities regarding the size of bike lanes, helmet use by children and their presence on pavements. Ferrer explained today that the bicycle has to become part of regulatory control as currently there is little reference to it in the code and there aren't any legal inclusions. In order to creat a joint policy for the entire state, the DGT has been in talks with various groups, including the Federación de Municipios to discover the existing rules of the different cities. Although the idea of a central registration for bikes isn't obligatory, despite pressure from the Red de Ciudades por la Bicicleta, it is thought that the DGT might extend the current registration that exists in Barcelona and the metropolitan area. This current register mostly serves as a way to reduce the number of thefts. According to the annual survey, 2.5 million people use bikes frequency, although only 300,000 do so daily.
The football world champions, Mourinho and Catalan politicians are to be the new caganers (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Among the figures created this year include Sandro Rosell and children's characters like SpongeBob Squarepants, Tintin and Spiderman. The company www.caganer.com, based in Torroella, today announced the victims for this coming Christmas with 51 new representations, joining the 150 already in existence. Many Catalan politicians have found themselves taking the form of this traditional addition to the pessebre or nativity scene, perhaps thanks to the parliament elections taking place on November 28th. Artur Mas (CiU), Alicia Sánchez-Camacho (PPC), Joan Puigcercós (ERC) and Joan Herrera (ICV) join José Montilla who has already been transformed. Politicians from other regions haven't escaped either with the president from Valencia, Francisco Camps and Patxi López from the Basque Country included in this year's designs.
The Generalitat owes €154 million to universities (read article in Castilian here, El Pais) The debt of the Generalitat to public universities has amounted to €154.6 million. The rector of the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), Ana Ripoll has today given this figure which corresponds to the financing funds provided for research goals and teaching. Ripoll have said that if the amount is not paid to the universities and the UAB in particular then they are set to close the year with a significant increase in their deficit.