Ride a bike safely

Restrictions on the use of the car in the city center, economic savings, more important rental offers, etc. There are several reasons why more and more people are choosing to use bicycles as a means of transport.

According to la Vanguardia, in Barcelona 99% of the population has a bicycle network within 150 meters of their homes, and 89% has a bicycle lane within 300 meters. But are cyclists aware of the traffic regulations that affect them?

this picture shows the blue bicycles that we have in Born Bike Tours Barcelona

Following, we will present you the main bicycle traffic signals that not only the bikers have to know but also the cycle users, the motors users and the pedestrians.

  1. Main bicycle traffic signals
this picture shows the bicycle forbidden's signal

Bicycle forbidden: entry or access to all types of bicycles is forbidden.

this picture shows the cycle lane or lane reserved for bicycles' signal

Cycle lane or lane reserved for bicycles: obliges bicycles drivers to ride in the lane reserved exclusively for cycles and cancels the previous signal.

this picture shows the end of lane reserved for cycles or cycling lane's signal

End of lane reserved for cycles or cycling lane: indicates the end of a lane reserved exclusively for cycles and cancels the previous signal.

this picture shows the cycle path's signal

Cycle path: indicates the existence of a path for pedestrians and cycles, separated from motorized traffic and normally running through open spaces such as gardens or parks.

this picture shows the destination sign for a bicycle lane or cycle path's signal

Destination sign for a bicycle lane or cycle path: indicates the way to a bicycle lane.

this picture shows the cycle lane or cycle lane attached to the roadway's signal

Cycle lane or cycle lane attached to the roadway: indicates that the lane on which the cycle lane sign is located can only be used by cycles. The arrows indicate the number of lanes on the road and the direction of traffic.

2. Bicycle road markings

this picture shows the cycle lane marking

Cycle lane marking: this is a marking consisting of two discontinuous and parallel transverse lines on the roadway indicating a lane where cyclists have the right of way.

this picture shows the cycle marking

Cycle lane marking: this image on the roadway indicates a cycle lane or cycle path.

Now yes! Take care of the traffic signals that you can see and bike safely in Barcelona or where you want.

Remember, in Barcelona of the year 2019, the cyclists must circulate away from the sidewalks

January 15th, 2019

Some weeks ago we informed you about the new regulation which has been applied this January, month dedicated to the bicycle circulation in Barcelona, so, today, we are going to present a reminder just in case you have forgotten it.

Photo by Claudia, einszweifrei in Pixabay.com

From the very first of this month of January 2019, the cyclists must circulate away from the sidewalks in Barcelona, in order to ride through the almost 1,000km (620 miles) of the city’s bike lane. And, why do you have to circulate away from the sidewalks? Because the cost of riding a bicycle on the sidewalks could be punished with fines of up to €500, so, save yourself this fine and the annoyance following this simple cohabitation rule.

We want to remind you that the only way allowed to circulate on the sidewalk is when it measures a width of more than 5 meters and 3 meters are free (and you haven’t any other alternative or bike lane closer) or if you are younger than 12 (years old) and you are circulating with your own bicycle and accompanied by an adult.

And returning to our wise words: Even if you usually pedal through the streets of Barcelona or because you are visiting this great city, remember, share and obey this regulation. All together we are building a healthier city and a good cohabitation is one of the keys.

Barcelona makes its way through the bike lane

January 24th, 2018

In 2015, the City Hall of Barcelona promised us 308km of bike lane, nowadays the city has 184km and, although the final goal for the end of the year is lower than the first one -233 of 308km-, the 89% of the citizens of Barcelona already have a bike lane at a maximum of 300 meters from their homes.

The City Hall of Barcelona can already boast that in the last two years they have extended the cyclist infrastructure of the city, also improving the security. And this is something very important to promote the use of ecological and alternative means of transport such as the bicycle.

We have already noted this promotion because, according to the information of the City Hall, between 2015 and 2016 the average of urban cyclists increased by 14%.

The fact that the City Hall continues betting on bicycles is something we all have to work for. Going to work by bike means a healthy routine, getting fit and an ecological benefit for the whole environment of the city.

We cannot feel happiest seeing that every day Barcelona is closer of being a big net for bikes 🙂

The bike lane in Catalonia continues progressing towards a safer circulation

May 25th, 2017

The Catalan institutions are continuously more aware about the importance of this means of transport for the future, for this reason, they continuously invest more funds for improving the safety of every one of the cyclists.

Before 2020, the Catalan government will have invested between 20 and 40 millions of euros to improve and increase the bike lane in Catalonia, it was announced in this way by Josep Rull, minister of Territory and Sustainability of the Generalitat de Catalunya. Next October, the local help call will be opened for City Halls, regional councils, etc.

These investments are within the growth of the habitual cycle users who have exceeded all expectations. According to the Institut Opinòmetre’s survey, requested by the Department of Territory and Sustainability of the Generalitat, a total of 190,000 people have changed the car or motorbike for the bicycle.

A series of numbers which don’t stop indicating that the bicycle is here to stay. Citizens are already making the first effort of the change and, it seems that institutions are also getting moving in order to achieve that this transition becomes safer for all the users.

We cannot stop imagining a future where the streets of Barcelona, including the Eixample, are clean and tranquil passages where we can circulate with our favorite means of transport. And it seems that this idea is getting closer!