Road Safety Plan for 2019-2022

One of Barcelona City Council's firmest commitments is to keep working towards the fundamental objective of reducing the number of road accidents in the city. One of the most important means for achieving this is the Local Road Safety Plan for 2019-2022.

The plan builds on the previous one (2013-2018), updating it to tackle the new challenges in mobility without affecting road safety. To this end, the plan takes into account changes which current urban mobility has undergone with the introduction of various new ways of getting around.

The plan also proposes further work on traffic calming to ensure compatibility between various road users, the proper use of public space and respect for traffic regulations and speed limits.

What are the goals?

The goal of the plan is to continue the work set out in the previous plan to reduce the number of victims:

  Road Safety Plan for 2013-2018 (6 years) Road Safety Plan for 2019-2022 (4 years)
2012 Reduction Goal 2018 Reduction (compared to the goal for 2018) Goal 2022
Deaths 30 -30% 21 -20% 17
Serious injuries 249 -20% 199 -16% 167

To achieve this goal, work will be based around four basic areas:

  • Priority work on the prevention of accidents which cause the most serious injuries among victims.
  • Identification of specific measures for vulnerable users: pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, young children, senior citizens and people with reduced mobility.
  • Priority work on resolving problems or causes of accidents which account for a high number of accidents every year, where specific action may bring results for a large group of users or types of accident.
  • Specific and ad hoc work in cases involving fatalities.

How will this be achieved?

The plan has four main spheres of action, with measures organised into ten different areas:

Education: educational initiatives, training and promotional action relating to the improvement of road safety.

  • 1. Prevention: projects and action to cut accidents and reduce the number of road traffic victims.
  • 2. Training: action, sessions and meetings relating to road safety.
  • 3. Communication: action to highlight the importance of road safety.
  • 4. Research: action, studies and agreements to help generate knowledge and intelligence on the issue of accident rates.

Engineering: technical measures relating to roads, vehicles and related elements.

  • 5. Organisation: measures of an organisational nature.
  • 6. Technology: projects and improvements of a technological nature. Study of the various technologies available to resolve periodic conflicts in critical environments and implement measures as appropriate.
  • 7. Urban planning: action relating to road safety.
  • 8. Regulations: proposals and internal procedures relating to road safety.

Enforcement: measures relating to the correction of conduct => planning of operations, application of regulations and control.

  • 9. Action: operations and action to correct conduct and improve road safety. The efficiency of road safety policies largely depends on the intensity of surveillance and compliance with safety requisites. Control campaigns continue to be a key factor in creating the conditions for considerably cutting the number of people killed or injured.

Emergency: measures relating to care and support for victims of road accidents.

  • 10. Care: action and projects to improve care for victims and their families.

The resulting action plan consists of 95 measures and 124 specific actions designed to achieve the goals set out in each area.

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