Opting for bicycles

Barcelona is committed to a model of safe, sustainable, equitable and efficient mobility that favours a more central role for non-polluting forms of transport. This includes increasing the use of bicycles as a regular means of urban transport.

Bicycles are an alternative way of getting round the city and the most efficient means of transport in terms of energy (the energy required for transporting one person). They are more practical, healthier and more sustainable because they produce no exhaust fumes, make no noise, do not consume petroleum derivatives and help to reclaim the streets as communal living spaces, as well as improving the quality of our lives.

For all of these reasons, Barcelona City Council wants to encourage cycling in the city through its Strategic Bicycle Measure (2015) (>). This envisages expanding and improving cycling infrastructures in Catalonia's capital, by adopting measures that will ensure safer travel and by taking action to minimise conflicts with other road users, whether they be pedestrians or other wheeled vehicles.

We encourage you to use a bicycle as your regular means of transport because we will gain in terms of health, environmental quality and a safer, more sustainable city. But we ask you to be careful, to avoid accidents (to yourself and others). All of us will be better off, cyclists and non-cyclists, because it will make the city a more human place and improve social interaction.

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Opting for bicycles

    They mean safer travel

Circular amb seguretatThe risk of an accident between cars and bicycles is 100 to 2. More bike journeys means fewer car accidents, because drivers slow down.

    They offer advantages when travelling

Cycling is easier than using other means of transport. Did you know that short and medium-length journeys in the city are quicker by bike than by car? Various door-to-door competitions with the city centre as the final destination have proved that, in general, bicycles are the quickest means of transport. They are quicker over shorter distances and ideal when combined with public transport.

    They are ecological

Bicycles are a key factor in reducing environmental and noise pollution in cities. A bike is also the most efficient means of transport in terms of energy. For transporting one person over a distance of one kilometre, it uses 12 times less energy than a car, even when the latter is full. It uses 50 times less than a car with only one occupant.

    They save time and money

Besides saving travel time you save money. The costs of travelling by bicycle are nothing like those of a car or a motorbike. And the energy costs involved in building a bicycle are much lower, too.

    They create more space

A cyclist takes up 5 times less space than a motorist, whether they are moving or not. This has serious implications for the well-being of city residents. Travelling by bicycle reduces noise pollution and provides greater opportunities for interaction between cyclists and pedestrians, thereby improving the quality of our lives.

    They help you keep fit

Cycling is one of the healthiest exercises there is, because you need to use big groups of muscles. Regular cycling helps you to reduce your heart rate and respiration rate at rest. It also helps to prevent coronary diseases, high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.

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