Steps to regulate bike-sharing and moped-sharing

The full council has processed a proposal to regulate bike-sharing and moped-sharing services. The measure includes the issue of licences with an annual cost of 71,51 euros per vehicle, the aim being to limit the number of vehicles, control the occupation of parking spaces and minimise the impact generated.

25/11/2018 11:47 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona


The plan, developed with organisations and companies from this sector, is based on creating a new tax for occupation of the public domain (included in tax by-laws), whereby vehicle sharing companies will have to pay for licences.

The licences will have an annual cost of 71,51 euros per bicycle or moped and will be valid for three years with an option of an additional year. They will be non-transferable and may be reviewed depending on how the sector evolves.

Requisites for obtaining licences

  • Vehicles must be used once they are issued with licences.
  • Push bikes, electric bikes and electric mopeds must all meet municipal sustainability criteria.
  • They must meet municipal safety criteria and adhere to the manual for good practice.
  • All vehicles must include geolocalisation systems.
  • Faulty or damaged vehicles must be removed within 24 hours.
  • Municipal access to data on the use of the system in real time.
  • All bikes must have systems enabling them to be attached to bike parking racks in public spaces.
  • All mopeds must be parked according to municipal regulations set out in the by-law on the circulation of pedestrians and vehicles.

The proposal, processed by the full council, is still to be definitively approved.

Parking places reserved for individuals

To make bike and moped sharing compatible with private bike users, parking facilities in the busiest parts of the city will have places reserved for use by individuals, marked in purple.

Current scenario

Six bike-sharing and moped-sharing companies are currently operating in the city, with 1,500 bikes and 2,325 mopeds in circulation. The new regulations would allow for growth of 70% and 47% respectively.

The proliferation of shared mobility companies helps combat pollution, foster the use of bicycles and public transport and promote electric vehicles. The new regulatory framework will help minimise the negative effects, namely road safety and the occupation of public space.


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