Ecotourism, the new way of traveling

September 30th, 2019

Reinvent your way of traveling in order to be more sustainable with the environment and with the people who live there.

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Last week we told about the importance of a new collective conscience which is capable of facing the environmental changes that our planet is suffering. For this reason, today we want to remind you some tips about ecotourism -based on the 8 points presented by the International Ecotourism Society-, because, there are other ways of traveling without leaving such a big mark in the planet.

Minimize physical, social, behavioral, and psychological impacts:

Obviously, at this point we cannot stop insisting on the kind of means of transport that we use. We, of course, prefer the quick, efficient and non-contamination bicycle, always knowing and respecting (the) each cities’ regulations.

Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect:

And an interesting way to do that is moving around the city to the maximum in order to get to know its history, its art and its culture, in addition to its surroundings, especially if they are a source of nature and always leaving a minimum physical trace of our visit.

Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts:

Knowing local people and sharing experiences with them will always make our trip so much richer. In order to do that, it is usually enough to be respectful and friendly.

Provide direct financial benefits for conservation:

Collaborating, as far as possible, with these places which we love to visit.

Generate financial benefits for both local people and private industry:

To go and use local shops and services will get us closer to the people of the place and to the way that they live together. So, why do we have to go to the same shops, which, surely, are also in our city?

Deliver memorable interpretative experiences to visitors that help raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climates:

The present context will indicate much about the place and the people that we are getting to know.

Design, construct and operate low-impact facilities:

Something so basic that we surely will always intend to comply with it in our daily life.

Recognize the rights and spiritual beliefs of the Indigenous People in your community and work in partnership with them to create empowerment:

Something so basic that we surely will always intend to comply with it in our daily life.

Sharing Barcelona by bicycle during this summer

July 9th, 2019

Before reading this post, we think that remembering the first values of the ecotourism is very important: making our visit through the city the most positive and sustainable one, in addition to creating the best memories for you and the rest of the local people who live in the city and who make it so amazing.

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Barcelona is a big city full of corners that you will love to get to know. For this reason, during summer, a lot of people come here and, also, for this reason, knowing how to share these corners is very important.

The City Hall of Barcelona has published a marvelous video -marvelous, specially because we have enjoyed the images very much- where, through the most quotidian images that this city can give to us, it shows us who has priority, in which zones and with which vehicles. Of course, the bicycle has a leading role because of its respect for the environment, the people who live in the city and because of the comfort that it gives us when we are moving around the city.

This summer, everybody should practice ecotourism and share Barcelona by bicycle.

The bicycle as a way of life

October 16th, 2018

Photo by Pere Serrat

Who usually use the bicycle for moving around the city have another point of view about it. Ride one and stir up your life.

The continuous pedaling changes many things. We can assure this because we move constantly around Barcelona by bicycle.

For us the bike is a physical revolution, but also a mental revolution.

That’s physical in the sense of the health exercise as the reward of our work, because of the reduction of the CO2 and because the completely change of the city’s view. For us, several noiseless bicycles going through the streets is a present for the eyes and for the ears, especially if we compare it with the motorized vehicles traffic.

But we cannot forget the mental revolution. The exercise and the simplicity of the bicycle release your mind and it allows you to observe around. And that’s a really good exercise to make you reflect and inspire.

If you not agree with us, ask to the people who usually meet every first Friday of the month to ride their bicycles in Barcelona. The next excursion will depart from Arc de Triomf.

Come to the healthiest movement! The pedaling through Barcelona 😉

 

For the people who keep pedaling under the rain in Barcelona and in any single city

October 9th, 2018

Autumn comes with rain in the city, but for the people who love to ride a bicycle, this is an unimportance challenge, because, finally, the rain cleans and purifies the city. What else can we ask for the people who like to breath clean air?

Photo by ORNELLA BINNI on Unsplash

Dear city cyclists,

Today, this post is for thank you for keeping pedaling this raining days in Barcelona or in any single city. For understanding the importance of this meteorological phenomenon in the city. For keeping calm and patient with the other drivers. And for being alert with the segurity, because this is very important these days.

The rain in Barcelona is not so usual than in other cities, because of that, during the week days, when the traffic jams in the city is normal, the rain could be a nuisance. For this reason, we should keep this though in our mind: the water from rain cleans and purifies the environment because it drags away the damaging particles. And for everyone who breathes the city air daily this is the key.

In addition, if we have the suitable equipment (nothing very especial) and we keep alert, the rain won’t be and impediment to pedal.

Appropriate equipment, waterproof clothes, a footwear which resists rain without problems and all the elements which make you being more visible, especially for the motor vehicles: reflective clothes, the front and the back bicycle lights. A back mudguard will avoid you to arrive at your destiny with your back full of mud.

Get your bicycle ready, you can help to improve adhesion on the road by reducing the tire pressure (a little bit! If not, you will be in danger of getting a flat tire) and be sure that the treads of your tires are well marked. It is also important to maintain the chain clean and lubricated. And, specially (with or without rain), check if your brakes respond quickly.

The rainy days are perfect to show our skills with the bicycle. We are talking about reinforcing your concentration on the road. Brake before a curve and take it slowly. Keep a safety distance with regard to the other vehicles; avoid puddles, marks painted on the road and the multicolour marks that appear on the road (they are car oil).

With these tips, the only thing that we want to repeat again is: thanks for keeping pedaling.

Barcelona makes its way through the bike lane

January 24th, 2018

In 2015, the City Hall of Barcelona promised us 308km of bike lane, nowadays the city has 184km and, although the final goal for the end of the year is lower than the first one -233 of 308km-, the 89% of the citizens of Barcelona already have a bike lane at a maximum of 300 meters from their homes.

The City Hall of Barcelona can already boast that in the last two years they have extended the cyclist infrastructure of the city, also improving the security. And this is something very important to promote the use of ecological and alternative means of transport such as the bicycle.

We have already noted this promotion because, according to the information of the City Hall, between 2015 and 2016 the average of urban cyclists increased by 14%.

The fact that the City Hall continues betting on bicycles is something we all have to work for. Going to work by bike means a healthy routine, getting fit and an ecological benefit for the whole environment of the city.

We cannot feel happiest seeing that every day Barcelona is closer of being a big net for bikes 🙂

The importance of traveling on bicycle for the future of Barcelona

bike, cityMay 2nd, 2016

A big city with more than 1,600,000 of people sharing streets with a big number of tourists, a fact that makes Barcelona a very complex space from different perspectives, among others, the mobility and the environment.

Barcelona is a big city in continuous movement, which adapts itself to the new times. Every day, people talk more about the importance of improving the streets’ mobility for a better coexistence among pedestrians, motorized vehicles and bicycles. They are working from municipal politics, such as the extension of the bike lane net, or from the citizens’ debates, where all the uncomfortable issues about security in the road system are put on the table.

Little by little, this work has been transformed into a bigger sensibility, especially, from the population, who continuously trusts the bicycle more for being the faster, cheaper and, very important, non-polluting means of transport.

The ecology involves the whole bicycle world and it is the key for the future of cities, and for this reason, there are a lot of initiatives such as the Muzzicycles, bicycles with a frame fabricated from recycled PET materials (the same materials used for making plastic bottles), an innovation which is 100% ecologic and has a very comfortable design.

It is very important, if we are already moving pedaling, that we educate and make ourselves aware of the culture of the good coexistence at the road circulation spaces. And if we are not yet moving by bicycle, we should depart from this very point.

If we were already enjoying Barcelona, we will do it even more in 2018 with the 308km of finished bike lanes

Photograpy by Jennifer Boyle

November 24th, 2015

Last Friday, the 20th of October the City Hall of Barcelona announced this extension of the bike lane which will make us more unstoppable.

The City Hall of Barcelona has marked a great challenge: in less than two years we will enjoy a bike lane extension of 308km, so that 90% of the citizens of Barcelona have a lane at a maximum of 300 metres from their homes.

Its action plan includes a budget of 32 million of euros and an extension of the lane in streets as necessary as: Casanova, Pau Claris and the following street Via Laietana, Travessera de Gràcia, Sant Antoni Maria Claret, Cartagena, Ronda de Ciutat Vella and an extension of Marina Street. And in order to get us closer to the most peripheral zones they will make another lane at the Maragall Promenade and in the Zona Franca.

We cannot forget the 23% increase of parking lots in the city, which will make us feel relaxed when we leave the bike with its lock during the time we need.

The final goal of the City Hall, as they have expressed, is no other one than the citizens’ health improvement through the environmental improvement, a goal with which we so much agree; and a project that we will observe closely in order to inform you.