Motorbike in Barcelona

Once of the characteristics of Barcelona's mobility system, which defines it and makes it different from many other European cities, is the important presence of motorbikes in the urban landscape.

Motorbikes, defined as a means of transport with a small volume and high level of use, have advantages when moving around in the city. The flexibility of use, low fuel consumption and small space that they need to park are factors that explain why they have increased in number, to the point that there are now more than a quarter of a million units registered. On the flip side, the accident rate is a negative aspect that must be resolved and which has become one of the most important municipal challenges as regards road safety.

The incorporation of electric technology in the motorbike sector, which is penetrating faster than in the car sector, is helping to reduce energy consumption and the ensuing emissions, as well as noise pollution.

How to park

The City Council places great importance on the promotion and preservation of pedestrian areas around the city. Recovering and improving existing areas and increasing their number is a priority, and also helps to enhance the quality of people's lives. For this reason, the measures being taken in numerous places in the city focus on traffic calming, increasing the number of 30 kph and pedestrian zones, introducing super blocks, and strategies designed to achieve more compatible, calmer and healthier forms of mobility in the city, without detriment to the use of private motor vehicles where necessary.

Meanwhile, most new bicycle lanes feature a parking strip with new parking places for motorcycles on the road surface, freeing up pavements and helping to make pedestrian areas safer, while also making it clear who has priority on public street areas.

One of the main lines of action is to improve parking for motorcycles, creating places on roadways and underground, in areas where there is a shortage of places, and gradually freeing up pavements. This even includes places where by-laws allow parking on the pavement if there are no signs prohibiting it.

Most motorcycles that are parked outside the official places provided in the city do not comply with the by-law.

The by-law states that when it’s not possible to park on the road, and providing there are no signs prohibiting it, motorcycles may park on the pavement in the following cases:

• If the pavement is between 3 and 6 metres wide, parking is possible parallel to the curb and between tree pits, without blocking vehicle entrances to buildings, litter bins or waste containers, and while keeping at least two metres away from zebra crossings and bus stops.

• If the pavement is more than 6 metres wide, motorcycles can park side by side and perpendicular to the curb, provided that there are at least 3 metres for pedestrian to pass by.

Parking is not allowed on pavements less than 3 metres wide.

Single-level streets without curbs are considered to be the same as a pavement in a normal segregated street. Therefore, if it is less than 3 metres wide, parking is prohibited.