Ensuring that Barcelona continues to progress towards a sustainable mobility model with increasingly safe and more comfortable public spaces requires commitment, shared responsibility and the voluntary participation of all the players who have the ability to take action in these fields.
This commitment was formalised in Barcelona in 1998 with the signing of the Mobility Pact, a forum for consultation and dialogue originally made up of thirty bodies and associations, as well as the City Council, which continues to operate thanks to a collective effort. As it has done since it was first set up, the Pact helps to drive initiatives and find responses to new needs that arise in relation to urban mobility and road safety. It has gradually expanded and now involves approximately a hundred associations, businesses, organisations and public bodies connected with mobility issues.
Principles of the Pact
The organisations and institutions that signed the Barcelona Mobility Pact in 1998 did so on the basis of 5 principles that had guided the actions of the committee and the shift to more sustainable forms of mobility. Those principles were as follows:
- The principle of sustainability. It is necessary to ensure that today, as well as in the future, mobility causes no harm to citizens or the environment, and that there is increased planning, efficiency, saving of resources and respect for the environment.
- Mechanisms need to be established to defend everyone's right to mobility.
- It is necessary to guarantee the quality of life of all citizens.
- It is necessary to encourage a change of attitude on the part of local authorities and citizens, through systems that guarantee road safety and discipline.
- It is necessary to design new urban development projects so they satisfy the mobility needs they generate.
Consensus on these principles enabled ten goals to be set which, though essentially still in force, were reformulated in 2016 to update the terms so they corresponded with those in the Barcelona Urban Mobility Plan and the Mobility Master Plan for the Barcelona Metropolitan Region, as well as to change the order of priority.