Present and future of the bicycle in Barcelona

January 11th, 2017

At the beginning of last month, in 30 minuts, a weekly program from the autonomic television of Catalonia, TV3, released a report entitled Torna la bicicleta -The bicycle returns- which talked about the development and the future of this vehicle in the city of Barcelona.

“It is: learn the new rules of the game”, comments  Enric Batlle, an architect in Barcelona, who talks about the interaction between bicycle, pedestrians and motor vehicles. This interaction, such as the report shows us, results in a real conflict in Barcelona, especially when a new bike lane is opened.

This piece of informative -which we can find in the Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals web- results in the key for anticipating the importance that the bicycle is obtaining in Barcelona. In addition, they present Copenhagen as an example, a city which, nowadays, could be a reflection of our city -Barcelona- in a few years from now, if we are capable of doing a good transition from motor vehicles to bicycles.

If this city, from Denmark, spent around 30 years to change the citizens’ habits, in order for them to start using the bicycle, nowadays, according to the experts, this transition can be done in 4 years. This number attracts the attention of politicians, who can see one of their electoral points during their government’s period complied with.

Something very interesting about this transition, which is also emphasized in the report, is the fact that around the year 1910, when there was a transition in the streets of Barcelona for incorporating the cars, the discussions were very similar to the debates about bicycles that we have nowadays. Cars also had to make way in the streets and the news about accidents was incessant -numbers much more disproportionate in comparison to the present victims related to bikes-.

Surely, from our point of view, which is not objective, we cannot stop seeing a great number of positive points which are explained about the bicycle. For this reason, we want to encourage everyone to have a look and make their own conclusions.

The bicycle is here to stay, so, the best thing we can do is for everyone to be in agreement.

Evolving on wheels

Pedalling daily can be a hard work, especially when the problems arise going upwards and the weight pushes us back. But going on wheels, the effort is compensated and finally we always have a good idea about how to distribute the weight in a more comfortable way.

Wheel changed the Human history more than 7,000 years ago in Mesopotamia, some millenniums after this evolution was applied to transport and mobility. And, although there are some precedents in Egypt, China or coming from the very Leonardo Da Vinci, it is said that, the French Count Mede de Sivrac took a rapid jump in history to the celerifere in Paris in 1791. Since then a diversity of innovations have taken us, step by step, to the modern bicycle the way we know it today.

And this very simple means of transport is an innovation source which improves every day in order to make our trips more comfortable and swift.

As the proverb says: Mens sana in corpore sano (healthy mind in a healthy body). In order for our mind to continue working on the evolution it is important to keep ourselves fit. The exercise promotes the neurogenesis which improves our capacity to learn and can so carry our ideas much further on.

Don’t put handicaps on your ideas and pedal stronger and further away every day. And if you are not convinced about this tip, take a look at this funny video, directed by Silvio Helbig and produced by The Shooting Gallery S.A.: