We are all pedestrians. Walking is a natural and healthy activity, and is the most efficient mode of transport, together with cycling. Walking allows people to exercise and admire the architectural and artistic heritage in the city, the complexity of the urban areas and the biological diversity of the city's parks and gardens.
Barcelona is a city with a privileged climate and gentle topography that enable people to move around easily on foot. In addition, distances are relatively short, and therefore most daily activities and errands can be carried out on foot.
When referring to pedestrians, however, it should be remembered that this concept includes different age groups and types of citizens with varying characteristics, skills and physical abilities in terms of moving around or crossing streets. These include children, the elderly and disabled people.
Barcelona has more than 80,000 inhabitants with some kind of limited mobility. More than 67,000 of its population are under the age of 10, and 250,000 are over the age of 70. Walking comfortably along the street or crossing a road should never be a risky adventure for these people, but rather just another step in their daily movement.
(45.5% of the total
number of fatalities)
Seriously injuredSource: Barcelona City Council – Basic Mobility Data for 2013
(24.6% of the total number
of seriously injured)
JOURNEYS WITHIN THE CITY
46.7% By bicycle
Public transportSource: Barcelona City Council – Basic Mobility Data for 2013
33.2% Private transport
DISTRIBUTION OF SPACE IN THE CITY
Total surface area
102 km2 Number of steets
Surface area intended forSource: Barcelona City Council – Basic Mobility Data for 2013
58% of street surface
area Pedestrian zone
Growth in 2010-2013
Safety and prevention. People are advised to avoid direct sunlight and physical activity during the hottest parts of the day, and to drink water and freshen up often.
Electric vehicles. The event, which will be held from October 4 to 7, this year incorporates e-Conferences and is adding new exhibitors related to energy self-sufficiency to its exhibition offering on electric mobility.
Cycling. This Saturday the velodrome in Horta was the venue for the Catalan Track Cycling Championships.