The everyday activity of travelling on foot is very beneficial to our health, and is also the most economic, efficient and equitable way of travelling, with zero pollution.
Walking is the most organic, universal method of transport that is hard-wired into all human beings. Every day, in Barcelona, we make around 2.5 million journeys on foot, a figure that represents over 30% of the total number of journeys in the city.
Nearly half of all the city residents get around the city on foot and we should remember that, regardless of how we usually travel, all of us walk somewhere at some point in the day.
In Barcelona, we walk along pavements with well-signalled pedestrian crossings, we travel through pedestrian-only zones, we make use of one-platform streets or the peace of 30-zones, we ascend on escalators or in lifts in mountain neighbourhoods, and we stroll through parks and gardens in the shade of over 250,000 roadside trees, enjoying the city to the beat of our footsteps.
Traffic must be calmed and the safe surface area for pedestrians must be increased in order to improve safety, air quality, health and community life.
Safe and active mobility offers us comfort and contributes to making the city healthier for ourselves and for future generations.