Bicycles have become more popular in Barcelona in recent years, in line with what is happening in many European capitals. The city's mild climate and relief are ideal for everyday bicycle use. 80% of the city has a gradient of less than 2% and you can get around comfortably.
The fact that the countries in which bicycles are most often used are those of central and northern Europe, where the usual weather conditions are more extreme than those of Barcelona, gives a clear idea of the advantages of cycling on day-to-day journeys, as well as the benefits to people's heath. The bicycle does not pollute or make noise and it is highly efficient for urban journeys when compared to motor vehicles.
The perception and use of the bicycle has changed a great deal over recent years, especially in the way people have come to understand its value and usefulness as a means of urban transport, and the network of bicycle lanes and adapted services has been extended. The implementation of Bicing in 2007 was also important in this change, as it led to a rapid increase in the number of users.
Seriously injuredSource: Barcelona City Council – Basic Mobility Data for 2013
(6.5% of the total number of
BICYCLE PARKING PLACES
22,350 Growth in 2010-13
UndergroundSource: Barcelona City Council – Basic Mobility Data for 2013
1,187 Growth in 2010-13
BICYCLE LANES 2011
7,7% of the total length of the street network
30kph ZONESSource: Barcelona City Council – Basic Mobility Data for 2013
Increase for 2010-2013
BICING Number of subscribers
98,786 Number of bicycles
6,000 Number of stations
421 Daily bicing journeys
(33.1% dof the total number of journeys by bicycle)
E-BICINGSource: Barcelona City Council – Basic Mobility Data for 2013 – BSM S.A. Dades Bicing Elèctric 2015
(in service: December 2014) Number of subscribers
1,500 Number of bicycles
300 Number of stations
JOURNEYS WITHIN THE CITY BY BICYCLE
On footSource: Barcelona City Council – Basic Mobility Data for 2013
46.7% By bicycle
2.4% Public transport
33.2% Private transport
Bicycle. Additions and improvements to the city’s cycling infrastructure, currently consisting of 184 km of bike lanes, have helped boost the use of the bicycle.
Mobility. Five bike lanes are coming into service, notable among which are the first section along the Eixample route and the doublé Sant Antoni Maria Claret – Indústria axis.
Mobility. The candidacy with the best overall score out of the six projects competing was ‘Pedalem Barcelona’, a joint venture between Cespa and PBSC.