#Bicivisme -bike civility-, the mobility’s future in Barcelona

October 9th, 2019

The urban cyclist’s increase has been exponential along with the bike lane and the electric scooter users, but nowadays the room for all these citizens is limited and the importance of a civic behavior from everyone is vital.

Photo by Andrew Martin in Pixabay

Born Bike Tours Barcelona has been riding bicycles through all the streets of Barcelona during the last 10 years and, within this time, we have been able to observe and experience the evolution of this means of transport in the city.

During the last 5 years, the bike lane has increased a lot of kilometers lengthwise, but not across, and in the last 3 years, bicycles and electric scooters have started to live together on this kind of road and to multiply themselves exponentially because of the daily journeys. If, to this fact, we add the big number of people who live in the city and who move around it walking or by car/motorbike daily, in addition to all the people who are visiting the city -during this year 8 thousand of tourists- we see very clearly that the civility and the cohabitation are key pieces in the daily city life.

#Bicivisme is a campaign which tries to educate citizens in the use of bicycles and the electric scooter, and it has been created by AMB – Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona-, with the collaboration of BACC -Bicicleta Club de Catalunya-. This is a guide which includes a lot of important tips about security for you and all the people who move around the streets of Barcelona.

During next weeks we are going to insist in some of these tips, so you shouldn’t miss the news of our blog 😉

Remember, in Barcelona of the year 2019, the cyclists must circulate away from the sidewalks

January 15th, 2019

Some weeks ago we informed you about the new regulation which has been applied this January, month dedicated to the bicycle circulation in Barcelona, so, today, we are going to present a reminder just in case you have forgotten it.

Photo by Claudia, einszweifrei in Pixabay.com

From the very first of this month of January 2019, the cyclists must circulate away from the sidewalks in Barcelona, in order to ride through the almost 1,000km (620 miles) of the city’s bike lane. And, why do you have to circulate away from the sidewalks? Because the cost of riding a bicycle on the sidewalks could be punished with fines of up to €500, so, save yourself this fine and the annoyance following this simple cohabitation rule.

We want to remind you that the only way allowed to circulate on the sidewalk is when it measures a width of more than 5 meters and 3 meters are free (and you haven’t any other alternative or bike lane closer) or if you are younger than 12 (years old) and you are circulating with your own bicycle and accompanied by an adult.

And returning to our wise words: Even if you usually pedal through the streets of Barcelona or because you are visiting this great city, remember, share and obey this regulation. All together we are building a healthier city and a good cohabitation is one of the keys.