The coexistence of different transport methods in public spaces making up the mobility system of a large city entails certain risks. The large number of journeys made every day, the physical characteristics of the methods that coexist on the street and the risk factors involved in the dynamics of an urban agglomeration, e.g., human, urban, sociological, and technological, produce areas of conflict and situations in which accidents may occur.
The principal objective of acting upon the various factors involved in road safety in order to reduce accidents to zero is one of the basic tenets of the mobility model proposed in Barcelona's 2013-2018 Urban Mobility Plan (UMP). Making public areas comfortable, peaceful places for collective and shared mobility and, in particular, protecting the most vulnerable users -pedestrians, cyclists and drivers- as well as guaranteeing legislative compliance, is one of the main ways of reducing the risks inherent in this difficult coexistence.
Safety concerns have also led to the incorporation of a 2013=2018 Local Road Safety Plan (LRSP) into the UMP, in the form of a separate document including an exhaustive diagnosis of accident rates and where a set of specific measures is proposed for the purpose of achieving the following goals:
- a 30% reduction in deaths, in accordance with the European Union objective of a 50% reduction by 2020 compared to 2010.
- a 20% reduction in serious injuries, in accordance with the objective of a 30% reduction by 2020 compared to 2010.
- Pla local de seguretat viària de Barcelona 2013 - 2018 (PDF/995.57 KB)
- Pla de seguretat viària 2013 - 2018 (PDF/1.07 MB)
- Pla local de seguretat viària de Barcelona 2013 - 2018 (Document de síntesi) (PDF/357.22 KB)
Actions for Safe Mobility
Improving accessibility and comfort on pavements and in other pedestrian areas
Extending the surface area reserved for pedestrians
Improving pedestrian safety
Developing more efficient and effective quiet areas
Promoting School Paths and sustainable, safe mobility to educational centres
Reinforcing the figure of the pedestrian: reviewing regulations, ordinances and other actions
Reassessing the figure of the pedestrian: information, communication and promotion
Extending and improving the network of bicycle routes
Increasing the available bicycle parking places on streets and in squares
Reviewing and improving traffic-accident black spots
Promoting the creation of safe parking places for bicycles
Reactivating the registration and marking of bicycles and other connected services
Adapting existing regulations to the current situation for bicycles and other vehicles
Promoting the use of electric bicycles
Reevaluating the bicycle: information, communication and promotion
Encouraging the regulation of interurban lines at bus stations
Reducing the distance travelled by taxis when empty
Facilitating the use of new technologies for managing the city's taxi ranks
Guaranteeing accessibility to public transport
Optimising offer/demand and use of discretionary public transport
Studying the review of current regulations in order to provide areas for boarding and alighting from private coaches at facilities
Extending the Zona Bus network and including new technologies in order to improve its management and the information provided to Zona Bus service customers
Tourist Mobility Plan
Assigning specific operatives to each context (Urban Goods Distribution - UGD)
Studying specific regulations for UGD by zones: loading/unloading lane, temporary windows
Studying the implementation of Areas of Proximity and Distribution Centres
Promoting UGD deliveries using low-impact methods
Improving informative signposting
Intensive action on traffic-accident black spots in the city
Adapting urban design in order to improve safety
Increasing the control of noise and air-pollutant emissions (from vehicles)
Reviewing and improving the management of surface parking
Reviewing the Municipal Underground Car Park Plan
Raising awareness about sustainable, safe mobility
Reviewing and redesigning the Advanced Zones for Motorcycles (AZM)
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