Efficient mobility

Social and economic progress and the quality of life of a city has a lot to do with the mobility model and the travelling habits of its inhabitants. The objective is not to constantly increase the demand in relation to the mobility of people and goods as a synonym of productive activity, but to improve the efficiency of the system as a whole, reducing all unprofitable movements that entail environmental, social or financial costs for society in general.

For this line of action, Barcelona's Urban Mobility Plan proposes a series of measures aimed at reducing inefficiencies in the mobility system and the number of journeys with no added value. For instance, it is recommended that action be taken on the urban distribution of goods by creating logistic microplatforms, as there are many goods delivery vehicles on the streets, especially those providing the home delivery services offered by many companies.

A commitment to new mobility management technologies within the framework of the emerging smart city concept, is another area which will be affected in coming years, since new communication tools have opened up a range of applications that could contribute to easing traffic congestion, optimise collective public transport services and help citizens move more easily in public areas.

Documentation

EFFICIENT MOBILITY

2012

Conventional urban
distribution system
Ciutat Vella
pilot test

2018

Logistic
microplatforms
and new technologies
Efficient
public space

Source: Barcelona City Council - Urban Mobility Plan for 2013-18

Actions for Efficient Mobility

First grouping

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Improving accessibility and comfort on pavements and other pedestrian areas

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Extending the surface area reserved for pedestrians

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Improving pedestrian safety

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Developing more efficient and effective quiet areas

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Promoting School Paths and sustainable, safe mobility to educational centres

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Reinforcing the figure of the pedestrian: reviewing regulations, ordinances and other actions

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Reassessing the figure of the pedestrian: information, communication and promotion

Second grouping

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Extending and improving the network of bicycle routes

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Increasing available bicycle parking places on streets and squares

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Reviewing and improving traffic-accident black spots

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Promoting the creation of safe parking places for bicycles

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Reactivating the registration and marking of bicycles and other connected services

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Improving bicycle management at the municipal pound

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Fostering improvements to public transport to provide access for bicycles

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Fostering bicycle service points for public transport stations

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Improving the efficiency of the city's public bicycle service

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Supporting the use of bicycles by private groups

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Adapting existing regulations to the current situation for bicycles and other vehicles

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Promoting the use of electric bicycles

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Reevaluating the bicycle: information, communication and promotion

Third grouping

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Introducing the New Bus Network

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Improving the service provided by bus lines

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Improving connections with the other interurban lines

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Fostering the regulation of interurban lines at bus stations

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Reviewing interurban bus routes within the city

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Promoting bus-transport infrastructures

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Fostering BUS-VAO lanes at the entrances to Barcelona

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Studying the connections between the L3 and L4 metro lines

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Fostering the introduction of T-Mobilitat: a unified travel ticket for all public transport

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Fostering the integration of public transport, bicycle, car-sharing, off-road parking for alternative vehicle and Park&Ride systems within T-Mobilitat

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Reducing the distance travelled by taxis when empty

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Facilitating the use of new technologies for managing the city's taxi ranks

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Coordinating with other administrations in order to fulfil planned transport infrastructures for the city of Barcelona and facilitate the Urban Mobility Plan (UMP) objectives

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Optimising offer/demand and use of discretionary public transport

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Studying the review of current regulations in order to provide areas for boarding and alighting from private coaches at facilities

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Extending the Zona Bus network and including new technologies in order to improve its management and the information provided to Zona Bus service customers

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Producing and implementing the Tourist Mobility Plan

Fourth grouping

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Assigning specific operatives to each context (Urban Goods Distribution - UGD)

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Studying specific regulations for UGD by zones: loading/unloading lane, temporary windows

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Studying the implementation of Areas of Proximity and Distribution Centres

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Promoting UGD deliveries using low-impact methods

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Studying UGD management in regard to environmental parameters: Generalitat labelling. Coordination with the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (BMA)

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Establishing UGD measures for large-scale distribution

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Improving available information (UGD)

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Improving the monitoring and control of lack of discipline and safety (UGD)

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Introducing new technologies in order to improve UGD management

Fifth grouping

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Defining and studying the system's efficiency with changes to traffic direction

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Improving informative signposting

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Managing traffic using environmental criteria

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Intensive action on traffic-accident black spots in the city

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Adapting urban design in order to improve safety

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Fostering a behavioural shift from private vehicle use to public transport or car-sharing

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Fostering vehicle sharing / pooling systems

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Studying the possibility of using specific lanes for sustainable and high-occupancy vehicles

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Improving real-time information and the possibility of alternative modes of transport by applying new technologies

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Promoting more efficient, safer and cleaner vehicles. Fostering the use of electric vehicles and those using alternative fuels, such as LPG, CNG, Biogas, H2, ..

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Studying incentives that favour these (sustainable) vehicles within municipal boundaries

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Increasing the control of noise and air-pollutant emissions (from vehicles)

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Reviewing and improving the management of surface parking

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Reviewing the Municipal Underground Car Park Plan

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Studying the possible review of urban-planning regulations and adapting the parking ratio of buildings to the real situation in the territory

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Raising awareness about sustainable, safe mobility

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Studying the regulation of surface parking for motorcycles

  • Walking
  • By bicycle
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • By motorbike
  • By truck

Reviewing and redesigning the Advanced Zones for Motorcycles (AZM)

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