The mission of this event, organised with the slogan “Fem el carrer més nostre” (We want to make the streets our own) is to promote sustainable and safe mobility in Barcelona. The capital of Catalonia organised a new edition of the Sustainable and Safe Mobility Week from 22 – 29 September, coinciding with the European celebration. The city was the setting for different activities to promote a more sustainable and safer way of moving through its streets using public transport, cycling, with electric vehicles or on foot. The use of these methods of transport has an important effect on improving the air quality, promoting the rational use of energy and a series of healthy, safe transport habits.
The Municipal Council, along with other institutions responsible for mobility, has organised activities such as cultural cycling routes, a walk through the neighbourhood of Sants organised by the Walkers’ Association of the Barcelonès region, the Transport Race in Barcelona, consisting of two routes on foot through the city using different sustainable transport methods and comparing journey times, the use of energy in travelling, direct costs and emissions, a workshop showing how to transform a conventional bike into an electric one, the Bicibarris events, routes through different neighbourhoods in the city by bike and talks about electric mobility and the development of new transport systems and alternatives in urban settings.
For some time now, Barcelona City Council has been working to promote sustainable and safe mobility and in this respect, it has been improving the cycling network and facilities for bicycles, creating or extending pedestrian routes and areas and is currently improving the public transport system by implementing the New Bus Network, the use of ecological vehicles in its stocks of vehicles and the development of new technologies. In addition the Municipal Council has been working to reduce speed limits in the city, particularly in areas near schools, extending the 30 speed limit zones, improving accessibility in the city or improving deliveries of goods, among others.
Although the mobility week has now ended, some activities are still planned, such as the new edition of the Barcelona Cycle Challenge, the EXPOelectric Formula-e and the 21st Barcelona Road Safety Forum. All the information is posted on: http://setmanamobilitat.bcn.cat[:]