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.

Image by magura727 from Pixabay

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.

The success of the #30DaysOfBiking in Barcelona

May 3rd, 2019

More than 3,000 participants, almost 60,000 km pedaled by bicycle and, the most important for us, more than 15,000kg of CO2 that we are going to save for our health.

We premiere this month of May with the results of the marvelous challenge of #30DaysOfBiking which has been celebrated during the month of April in Barcelona.

Bicycle trips’ map during the month of April in Barcelona and surroundings in https://www.repte30diesambbicibcn.cat/

3,071 participants

59,648 km by bicycle

15,467 kg of CO2

These are the results that we can consult at: https://www.repte30diesambbicibcn.cat/

If you have joined this incredible challenge it’s great, but you shouldn’t do it just during the month of April, continue pedaling during all the months of the year. Trips to your job, the errands, taking the kids to and from school, an eco-vacation by bicycle… all these things can make the difference in your health and in the health of all the people around you.

Join our collective pedaling!

An important week for Barcelona: The great fiesta of ‘La Mercè’ combined with a sustainable mobility

September 19th, 2017

This week is the #MobilityWeek in terms of sustainability. If we combine that with the beginning of the celebration of “La Mercè”, this Friday, the 22nd, coinciding with the Day Without Cars in Barcelona, the plan cannot be better.

Photo by Feradz

Are you ready to pedal? This week you don’t have any excuse. Keep yourself fit these days, because on Friday you will not be able to avoid enjoying this great city breathing the clean air, which is not going to be contaminated by the private vehicles.

The 22nd of September of 2017 will be a great day, because it will coincide with the day without cars and the beginning of the great fiesta of “La Mercè”. So, you will be able to enjoy all the organized activities during the day and the macro-concerts at night, riding around with your bike.

And the rest of the day? Pay attention to us… don’t stop riding a bike. The streets of the center, narrow and busy enough in themselves, can be worse during the fiesta. In order to move around, the best vehicle will be the bicycle, it will give you flexibility when you are pedaling through the streets and when you need to park it. Because, although there will be activities all around the city, the streets of the center are the place where the big cultural events will be concentrated: castellers, giants, trabucaires and so on.

Enjoy the fiesta, pedaling!