Safe Mobility

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.

SAFE MOBILITY

2012

249
serious injuries
30
deaths

2018

-20%
serious injuries
-30%
deaths

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

Actions for Safe Mobility

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

Improving accessibility and comfort on pavements and in 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



  • 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 the available bicycle parking places on streets and in 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

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



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

Encouraging the regulation of interurban lines at bus stations

  • 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

Guaranteeing accessibility to public transport

  • 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

Tourist Mobility Plan



  • 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

Improving informative signposting

  • 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

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

Raising awareness about sustainable, safe mobility

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

Reviewing and redesigning the Advanced Zones for Motorcycles (AZM)

News

17/09/2016

InDeV research project on traffic accidents.

Road safety. Want to take part in a European research project on traffic accidents? All you need to do is answer a questionnaire.

07/09/2016

Eighty-nine Barcelona schools are starting the 2016-17 school year with a Camí Escolar, Espai Ami .

Mobility. 'Camí Escolar, Espai Amic' and 'Bus a Peu' are municipal programmes that help to ensure children are able to get to and from school in a safe and sustainable way.

07/07/2016

Barcelona is getting ready for Sustainable Mobility Week

Sustainability. From 16 to 22 September. Barcelona is once again celebrating the importance of moving around in a healthier and more environmentally-friendly way.

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