Bicycling in Barcelona

The number of city residents using a bike continues to grow every year. At the same time, the city is expanding the infrastructures that make it easier to use one. Because cycling is a really healthy activity. Check out the information on bike lanes, cycle paths, 30 km/h zones, anchor points, Bicing stations, bike hire, etc.
Bicing is a form of urban transport based on bike sharing. It is a simple, practical and sustainable service that you can use for your journeys round the city. To go wherever and whenever you want, free of noise and exhaust fumes.
The end of 2014 saw the start of a new electric service to complement the current Bicing service. A pilot test is being run throughout 2015 and 2016 with 46 stations and 300 bikes using an electrical system that helps them to start and also makes long and uphill journeys in the city easier. Bicing users can take advantage of the service by paying an extra 14 euros a year. It marks another step in promoting and consolidating bike use in Barcelona.

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.

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