Mobility. Over the next few weeks, there will be open sessions to inform local residents about planned operations on the bicycle lane and bus lane networks.
Extending Barcelona's cycling infrastructure involves the construction of 32 new bicycle lanes in coming months. Meanwhile, as part of the Government Measure for "Improving the quality and operation of surface public transport infrastructure" and the implementation of the final phase of the New Bus Network, the bus lane network has already been extended by 4 kilometres this summer.
In coming months, the bicycle lane and bus lane networks will grow substantially, as part of the plan for improving both of these city infrastructures, in order to reduce the number of private motor vehicles and to contribute to sustainable mobility.
For this reason, in coming weeks, there will be a series of informative sessions for the general public, held around the city. They will provide information about the city’s construction projects for bicycle and bus lanes.
The first session will be held in the district of Gràcia, on Wednesday 13 September at 6:30 pm, in the district council offices (Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia, 2); followed by a session in Sant Andreu at 6:30 pm on 18 September, in the district council’s conference hall (Plaça d’Orfila, 1); and Sant Martí, on 21 September, at 6:30 pm, in the district council’s conference hall (Plaça Valentí Almirall, 1).
After La Mercè, the sessions will continue in Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, on 26 September at 6 pm, in the Vila Florida Civic Centre (Carrer de Muntaner, 544); in Horta-Guinardó, on 27 September at 6:30 pm, in the in the district council’s Lluís Companys Hall, (Ronda del Guinardó, 49); in the Eixample, on 10 October at 6:30 pm, in the district council’s conference hall (C. d’Aragó, 311); and in Les Corts, on 11 October at 6 pm, in the district council’s conference hall (Plaça Comas, 18).
The district of Sants-Montjuïc will have two sessions: one on 3 October, focusing on the Sants neighbourhood, Can Mantega and Joan Güell; and in La Marina neighbourhood on 2 October.
Safer cycling infrastructure
During the summer, 11 bicycle-lane operations were initiated, and 21 more will commence before the end of the year. The aim is to provide the city with a cycling infrastructure which ensures that cyclists have their own place in the urban context, favouring coexistence and harmony between the various forms of transport and greater safety for the most vulnerable groups.
In order to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians, priority is given to one-way bicycle lanes, with bicycles travelling in the same direction as motorised vehicles, and on the road, where 80% of existing bicycle lanes are located, to provide pedestrians with more room on pavements.
The latest bicycle lanes transferred to roadways this summer are those on Passeig de Sant Joan, Passeig de Pujades and the connection between Avinguda Diagonal and Campus Besòs.
There are now 152 kilometres of bicycle lanes in Barcelona. In just over two years time, the network will have been extended by 31%. The aim is to work towards sustainable mobility, which does not generate pollution, and active mobility, which provides health benefits for city residents.
Faster and more efficient surface transport
Following the approval of the Government Measure for “Improving the quality and operation of surface public transport infrastructure”, this summer, and the first part of the New Bus Network’s final implementation phase, scheduled for this autumn, Barcelona City Council has begun 140 initiatives to improve the operation of bus lines and provide the city with the infrastructure it needs to introduce the first five New Bus Network lines.
The first set of operations were carried out in August, including a 4-kilometre extension to the bus lane network, the installation of 11 bus-only traffic lights and the activation of 38 traffic-light regulation programmes. Also in August, Avinguda Meridiana was provided with exclusive bus infrastructure.
The operations will continue until next autumn, and will ensure improved bus regularity (increasing from 78 to 85%) on a dozen New Bus Network lines.
The municipal government plans to increase the number of bus lanes by 12% from now to 2018, reaching a total of 182 kilometres of bus lanes.
Further information: Map of existing bicycle lanes and those under construction.