Apart from being a leisure activity and a family sport accessible to all, cycling is becoming one of the best means of urban transport. More ecological than the car, healthier than public transport, and faster than walking, the bicycle is more than ever a sustainable solution to the ills of today’s society, and the Barcelona City Council has understood this.
In recent years, Barcelona has made a major effort to increase the city’s network of cycle paths and become a cycle-friendly city. From 2015 to today, the kilometres of cycling infrastructure have doubled to the current 240 kilometres of network. These steps are in line with the objectives set out in the 2024 Urban Mobility Plan (PMU), where the City Government commits to strengthening sustainable travel, moving towards a more sustainable, healthy and safe mobility.
The need for sustainable mobility has been taken on board by city dwellers, even after COVID 19. The month of September saw an increase of 22.4% in cycling on working days, which proves this trend. In view of the increase in the use of this means of transport, the municipal government wishes to increase and improve the current network of cycle paths. In total, the new package includes 28 new actions that will take place between 2021 and 2023. This includes 44.3 kilometres of the cycle network: 32.6 kilometres of new cycle paths will be created and 11.7 kilometres of the current network will be improved.
This means that by 2023, the city will have 272.6 kilometres of cycle network. To make this possible, Barcelona City Council is planning an investment of 30.8 million euros.
Among the new cycle paths you can find
– Plaça Catalunya (Ciutat Vella – Passeig de Gràcia and Rambla Catalunya)
– Còrsega (Freser – Castillejos)
– Vía augusta (Laforja to Bonanova)
– Fabra y Puig (avinguda Meridiana – plaça Virrey Amat)
– Escòcia (Arnau de Oms – Avinguda Meridiana)
– Independència – badajoz (Sant Antoni María Claret – Passeig Marítim)
– Mallorca (Clot Tarragona)
– Joan de Borbó (plaça Idrissa Diallo – Escar)
– Travessera de les Corts (Numancia – Joan Güell)
– Avinguda Roma (Tarragona – València)
And many more to discover on the website of the Barcelona City Council!