Over two hundred kilometres of bike lanes in the cityTwenty-two new bike lanes have been opened so far in 2018, with another thirteen due to become operative in the next few months. The new lanes are being rolled out to consolidate the use of the bicycle as a sustainable means of transport among regular users, as well as to attract newcomers to the cyclable network. The moratorium allowing bicycles to circulate on pavements will also come to an end as from 2019.
Early in September the city will have two hundred kilometres of cycling infrastructure. That means nearly 90% of city residents now have a bike lane within 300 metres of their homes. The City Council thus continues its progress within the framework of the Urban Mobility Plan, promoting journeys by bike, on public transport and on foot.
Twenty-two new bike lanes were opened in the city between the start of the year and the end of August. They are:
- Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, between Carrer Vilamarí and Carrer Aribau.
- Passeig del Taulat, between Carrer Selva de Mar and Plaça Llevant
- Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina
- Carrer de Bori i Fontestà
- Carrer de Ganduxer
- Connection with Esplugues
- Carrer de Sardenya
- Carrer Las Navas de Tolosa – Carrer Bilbao – Carrer Jonquera
- Carrer Olesa – Carrer Garcilaso
- Carrer del Cardenal Sentmenat
- Carrer del Segre
- Avinguda de Rio de Janeiro
- Carrer Sor Eulàlia d’Anzizu – Carrer Gran Capità
- Connection Carrer Provença – Carrer Josep Tarradellas – Carrer Numància
- Area around Mercat de Sant Antoni – Carrer Manso – Carrer Urgell
- Junction between Avinguda Diagonal – Carrer Marina
- Carrer de les Camèlies
- Carrer dels Salvador and Carrer de Martí
- Avinguda de Vallcarca
- Carrer del Pisuerga
- Avinguda del Parc Logístic
- Carrer Número 2, in Zona Franca
Bike lanes to open soon
In the next few months a further 13 lanes are due to open, with work either under way or about to start at nine of them. These are:
- Rambla de l’Onze de Setembre – Rambla de Fabra i Puig – Carrer de Concepción Arenal
- Carrer Mineria – Carrer Matemàtiques
- Carrer Dublín – Carrer Rovira i Virgili
- Junction between Avinguda de Rio de Janeiro – Avinguda Meridiana – Passeig de Santa Coloma
- Carrer de les Camèlies, between Carrer del Pisuerga and Carrer de Sardenya
- Junction between Avinguda Diagonal – Plaça de la Reina Maria Cristina
- Junction between Avinguda Diagonal – Plaça de Pius XII
- Urban revamp of Avinguda Meridiana between Glòries Catalanes and Carrer de Mallorca
- Ronda de Sant Pere
Work will start on the other four lanes after the summer. They are:
- Carrer Perimetral Nord Est, Zona Franca
- Carrer Torre Melina – Carrer Albert Bastardas – Carrer Manuel Azaña
- Carrer Arístides Maillol – Carrer Riera Blanca
- Plaça del Doctor Letamendi
End of the moratorium on cycling on pavements
As of 1 January 2019, the moratorium allowing bicycles to circulate on pavements of 4.75 metres and 3 metres of free space ends. The moratorium was approved in the modification to the by-law on the circulation of pedestrians and vehicles in 2015.
The change to the by-law in July involved a modification allowing cyclists to continue using pavements for a further 18 months where no cycling infrastructure is available.
As a result, as from 2019, bicycles will only be able to circulate on pavements in the following cases:
- Where the width of pavements exceeds 5 metres, with 3 metres of free space available.
- Where the bike lane uses the pavement.
- Where cyclists are under the age of 12 and are accompanied by an adult.