Bicycle

Do you know the advantages to go with bicycle for the city?

The use of the bicycle as a help means of transport to the decongestion of the traffic and to reduce the noise in our cities. At the same time it contributes to improving the quality of the air and it provides us health and welfare. Another advantage of going with bicycle is that it allows us to spare money and in many cases also time, if we compare it with the use of the car for the city.

To move by bicycle is more efficient than to make it with any other king of transport motorized or electrical since that it consumes is the energy that of the user. Moreover, the geographical conditions of Barcelona are very favorable to use it in a daily way, since 80% of the town has a slope inferior to 2%.

Some of the benefits|profits of the use of the bicycle are:

- Economical: few or null expenses in the transport, reduction of hours lost in jams...

- Environmental: saving of non renewable energetic resources, reduction in polluting emissions, decrease of noise...

- By the health: it improves of the quality of life thanks to the realization of exercise...

- Social: democratization of the mobility, senior autonomy and accessibility to all the services on the part of all age sets...

Contrary to the one that can be believed, the users of the car are exposed at levels of pollution higher than the cyclists, since the concentration of polluting compounds in the inland|inside of the vehicle is upper to that of the requirement. A driver, in general, aspirates the double of carbon monoxide that a cyclist and 50% more of oxides of nitrogen, even though the cyclist aspirates on average more air than the first because of the effort carried out to pedal two or three times. The physical exercise, moreover, it strengthens the capacity to resist the effects of the pollution.

In the web site of the Town Council of Barcelona you will find more information about how to move in bicycle for the city, as well as the benefits of the use of this type of transport, the safety measures to adopt and companies that rent bicycles and make routes in the city.

The Center of Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) has carried out several studies about the advantages of going with bicycle. Consult them. Here you have an example.