Signed in Barcelona in 1998, the Mobility Pact was reached through a consultation and dialogue committee that continues to this day and which was originally made up of the City Council and thirty public bodies and associations. True to its initial aims, the Pact helps to promote initiatives and find answers to new urban-mobility and road-safety needs.
The Pact's principles
The Barcelona Mobility Pact was signed in 1998 on the basis of 5 principles that were to guide the committee's actions and paradigm shift to a more sustainable mobility. These principles were as follows:
- Sustainability. Mobility must never again harm the environment or public.
- Mechanisms need to be put in place to safeguard everyone's right to mobility.
- Quality of life for every citizen needs to be guaranteed.
- A change of local-administration and public attitudes needs to be promoted through systems that ensure road safety and discipline.
- New urban-planning activities need to be designed, to meet the needs of the mobility they generate.
Consensus on these principles enabled the establishment of a set of goals which remain valid today.
Ten key goals
1. Achieving a high-quality and inclusive collective transport.
2. Maintaining journey times and speeding up ground-level public transport.
3. Increasing the size and quality of the pedestrian-path network.
4. Increasing the number and quality of parking spaces.
5. Improving citizen information and education and signs on public roads.
6. Implementing legal guidelines that are in keeping with mobility in Barcelona.
7. Improving road safety and respect among users of the various means of transport.
8. Promoting the use of less polluting fuels and controlling traffic pollution and noise.
9. Promoting the use of bicycles as a regular means of transport.
10. Achieving an efficient and orderly urban distribution of goods and products.