Sustainable mobility

A sustainable mobility model is a healthy, low-carbon model that prioritises the quality of urban life and collective well-being, as well as the creation of comfortable urban spaces that promote coexistence among citizens.

This desire is expressed in Barcelona's 2013-2018 Urban Mobility Plan through actions aimed at gradually reducing the use of fossil fuels and the environmental impact and health effects of contaminant emissions, i.e., minimising the carbon footprint.

For years, motor vehicle traffic has been the main source of pollution in the city, particularly contaminants such as nitrogen oxides and particulates, as well as being the main source of noise. Promoting alternative energy vehicles, reducing vehicle use, introducing new mobility management technologies and facilitating a transition to more efficient methods are the main strategies that must keep being applied in order to continue improving the environmental quality of Barcelona and fulfil the objectives established by European legislation.

SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY

2012

4 out of 7
stations
do not meet
the annual average
NO2value

2018

100%
stations
meet UE
(NO2 - PM10)
parameters

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

Actions for Sustainable Mobility

First grouping

  • 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

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 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

Improving bicycle management at the municipal pound

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

Encouraging 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 at 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

Encouraging the regulation of interurban lines at bus stations

  • 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

Using more sustainable vehicles (buses)

  • 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 vehicles 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

Encouraging the use of sustainable, accessible vehicles (taxis)

  • 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

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

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

Optimising the 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 introducing new technologies in order to improve both its management and the information provided to Zona Bus service customers

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

Developing and implementing the Tourist Mobility Plan

Forth 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

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

Encouraging 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)

News

16/08/2017

New bus lanes on the Meridiana to improve collective mobility

Mobility. To new bus lanes are open on Avinguda Meridiana that reduce the time for getting into the city in the rush hour by up to eight minutes.

09/08/2017

Limited routes for Segways for commercial use in Ciutat Vella

Mobility. Personal mobility vehicles being used commercially will have to stick to set routes around Ciutat Vella.

08/08/2017

More bike lanes for sustainable mobility

Mobility. Thirty two new bike lanes are to be created in the city in the next few months, moving towards sustainable and active mobility.

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