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Answers about the use of bicycles in Barcelona

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    What does the end of the moratorium on cycling on pavements mean?

On January 1 2019, the moratorium permitting bicycles to travel on pavements wider than 4.75 metres and with 3 metres of free space ends (approved in the amendment to the 2015 byelaw on pedestrian and vehicle traffic), and the new limit is set at a width of 5 metres and 3 metres of free space. Remember that if there is cycling infrastructure available on the road, cycling on the pavement is not permitted, regardless of width. Click this link for further information.

    What safety features should my bicycle have?

Your bicycle must have a bell so that you can warn people of your presence. When you cycle at night, you must also have a white headlight and a red rear light, as well as approved reflectors. It is recommended that everyone wears a helmet, and it is compulsory for children under 16. Click this link for further information.

    Is there a map with all the information about Barcelona’s cycle lanes?

Yes, it’s here. You will find all the cycle lanes and other pedalways (10, 20 and 30 zones), as well as all the Bicing, Metro and Generalitat FCG stops. You can download the map in PDF format, and it is updated every quarter.

    How much safety space must other vehicles give me?

For everyone’s safety, when overtaking a cyclist, other vehicles must occupy the adjacent lane in the same direction, and keep a minimum lateral safety distance of 1.5 metres. Click this link for further information.

    How do I know if the place I am cycling to has somewhere I can lock my bicycle?

You can find the best route for getting to your destination, consult the cycle lanes and other thoroughfares, the Bicing stations and locking points and other types of parking places for bikes on this map.

    How can I ask for locking points on my street?

There are over 33,000 parking places for bicycles on the streets in Barcelona. You can ask the City Council to arrange new installations by filling in this form.

    How do I know if my bicycle is in good condition?

Like any vehicle, bicycles need basic maintenance, which we advise you to do regularly in order to ride safely. We especially recommend that you take care of the tyres, gears, steering and brakes. Click this link for further information.

    What are the 10, 20 and 30 zones?

The 30 zones are streets with traffic calming where cycling is encouraged, as the speed limit for cars is 30 km/h. The 10 and 20 zones are areas in which pedestrians have the highest priority, and in which bicycles have priority over other vehicles, but never over pedestrians. In the event of crowds, cyclists must dismount from their bicycle and walk. Click this link for further information.

US BICI EN 1 mobile

    What does the end of the moratorium on cycling on pavements mean?

On January 1 2019, the moratorium permitting bicycles to travel on pavements wider than 4.75 metres and with 3 metres of free space ends (approved in the amendment to the 2015 byelaw on pedestrian and vehicle traffic), and the new limit is set at a width of 5 metres and 3 metres of free space. Remember that if there is cycling infrastructure available on the road, cycling on the pavement is not permitted, regardless of width. Click this link for further information.

    What safety features should my bicycle have?

Your bicycle must have a bell so that you can warn people of your presence. When you cycle at night, you must also have a white headlight and a red rear light, as well as approved reflectors. It is recommended that everyone wears a helmet, and it is compulsory for children under 16. Click this link for further information.

    Is there a map with all the information about Barcelona’s cycle lanes?

Yes, it’s here. You will find all the cycle lanes and other pedalways (10, 20 and 30 zones), as well as all the Bicing, Metro and Generalitat FCG stops. You can download the map in PDF format, and it is updated every quarter.

    How much safety space must other vehicles give me?

For everyone’s safety, when overtaking a cyclist, other vehicles must occupy the adjacent lane in the same direction, and keep a minimum lateral safety distance of 1.5 metres. Click this link for further information.

    How do I know if the place I am cycling to has somewhere I can lock my bicycle?

You can find the best route for getting to your destination, consult the cycle lanes and other thoroughfares, the Bicing stations and locking points and other types of parking places for bikes on this map.

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    What are the cyclable ways?

A cyclable way is made up of different types of road (cycle lane, 30 streets, 20 streets or single-surface streets) which provide continuity to cycle routes, whichever way they cross the city. They are vertical and horizontal routes across the city that make it easier to cycle round. Click this link for further information.

    What is an advanced zone for bicycles (ZAB)?

A ZAB is a space in front of the stop line for motor vehicles which is designed to make it easier for bicycles to turn at certain crossroads. It makes waiting safer and gives priority to cyclists when the traffic light turns green.

    How can I notify damage to a cycle lane?

To inform the City Council that a cycle lane is not in good condition (faded paint, separators out of place, potholes in the surface, etc.) you just have to fill in this form.

    What can I do if my bicycle is stolen?

In the event of a theft, a report must be submitted to the Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalan police). It is always best if you keep your receipt and a picture of the chassis number of your bicycle. We also recommend that you register your bicycle, to help to locate it in the event of loss, robbery or removal. This can be done at Barcelona Serveis Municipals offices from November 12.

    Is it compulsory to use the cycle lane?

No, it is not. In Barcelona bicycles can travel on the road, in cycle lanes, 30 zones or specially adapted zones. However, for greater safety, we recommend using the cycle lanes and the cyclable ways and avoiding roads in the basic network. On the other hand, if there is cycling infrastructure on the road, you cannot travel on the pavement. Click this link for further information.

    How can I keep up to date with cycling in Barcelona?

You can follow our pages on Twitter and Instagram (@enbicixbcn) or consult the news we publish on the website. Click this link for further information.

    What cycling activities are there in the city?

In Barcelona there are regular mechanical training workshops, routes and rides, courses for learning to cycle, talks and lectures, etc. You can keep up to date with when these activities are being held with the calendar.

    How many people can ride one bicycle?

If it’s not a tandem, just one. However, bicycles may carry an approved trailer for transporting people, animals or goods, providing cyclists are of legal age and take full responsibility for themselves and additional seats. Click this link for further information.

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    How can I ask for locking points on my street?

There are over 33,000 parking places for bicycles on the streets in Barcelona. You can ask the City Council to arrange new installations by filling in this form.

    How do I know if my bicycle is in good condition?

Like any vehicle, bicycles need basic maintenance, which we advise you to do regularly in order to ride safely. We especially recommend that you take care of the tyres, gears, steering and brakes. Click this link for further information.

    What are the 10, 20 and 30 zones?

The 30 zones are streets with traffic calming where cycling is encouraged, as the speed limit for cars is 30 km/h. The 10 and 20 zones are areas in which pedestrians have the highest priority, and in which bicycles have priority over other vehicles, but never over pedestrians. In the event of crowds, cyclists must dismount from their bicycle and walk. Click this link for further information.

    What are the cyclable ways?

A cyclable way is made up of different types of road (cycle lane, 30 streets, 20 streets or single-surface streets) which provide continuity to cycle routes, whichever way they cross the city. They are vertical and horizontal routes across the city that make it easier to cycle round. Click this link for further information.

    What is an advanced zone for bicycles (ZAB)?

A ZAB is a space in front of the stop line for motor vehicles which is designed to make it easier for bicycles to turn at certain crossroads. It makes waiting safer and gives priority to cyclists when the traffic light turns green.

    How can I notify damage to a cycle lane?

To inform the City Council that a cycle lane is not in good condition (faded paint, separators out of place, potholes in the surface, etc.) you just have to fill in this form.

    What can I do if my bicycle is stolen?

In the event of a theft, a report must be submitted to the Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalan police). It is always best if you keep your receipt and a picture of the chassis number of your bicycle. We also recommend that you register your bicycle, to help to locate it in the event of loss, robbery or removal. This can be done at Barcelona Serveis Municipals offices from November 12.

    Is it compulsory to use the cycle lane?

No, it is not. In Barcelona bicycles can travel on the road, in cycle lanes, 30 zones or specially adapted zones. However, for greater safety, we recommend using the cycle lanes and the cyclable ways and avoiding roads in the basic network. On the other hand, if there is cycling infrastructure on the road, you cannot travel on the pavement. Click this link for further information.

    How can I keep up to date with cycling in Barcelona?

You can follow our pages on Twitter and Instagram (@enbicixbcn) or consult the news we publish on the website. Click this link for further information.

    What cycling activities are there in the city?

In Barcelona there are regular mechanical training workshops, routes and rides, courses for learning to cycle, talks and lectures, etc. You can keep up to date with when these activities are being held with the calendar.

    How many people can ride one bicycle?

If it’s not a tandem, just one. However, bicycles may carry an approved trailer for transporting people, animals or goods, providing cyclists are of legal age and take full responsibility for themselves and additional seats. Click this link for further information.

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07/12/2018 - 03:31

Electric scooters are not toys and must respect traffic regulations

Mobility. Personal mobility vehicles must use bike lanes, areas with 30 km/h speed limits and calmed streets. The minimum age for users is 16.

29/11/2018 - 12:13

Keeping bikes off the pavements with 1,000 km of alternatives

Mobility. Bicycles will not be allowed to circulate on pavements after 1 January, except for wider spaces and cyclists under 12.

12/11/2018 - 10:06

A bike ride with Glòria and Abel

Senior citizens. Cycling Without Age gives back the right to feel the wind in you hair, with senior citizens riding on tricycles driven by volunteers.

07/11/2018 - 06:18

New Bicing system: 24-hour service, more geographical cover and a new design

Mobility. The new service will be rolled out between January and April 2019.

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