A new sustainable mobility model in a new public space
The aim is to favour safe, sustainable, healthy and efficient mobility, on foot, on public transport and by bicycle. For this reason, a series of operations need to be carried out in public areas, so that any journeys in the city, now and in the coming weeks, can be made as safely as possible, while protecting people's health by using non-polluting means of transport.
During the application of the Royal Decree concerning the state of emergency, the Covid-19 crisis gave rise to an extraordinary and anomalous mobility situation, with reductions in the volume of private transport of up to 80% and a 95% drop in public transport journeys.
The number of journeys made by city residents has gradually returned to normal during the various phases of lifting the restrictions. However, the change in the types of transport used during the lockdown period has been maintained, with more journeys made by private vehicles than on public transport, and there has been a more rapid recovery in individual motorised means of transport than collective ones.
Barcelona City Council is transforming the city's public space, with the aim of making Barcelona a healthier, more human place, where distances are shorter. It is doing this by putting people first and carrying out actions that steer mobility towards more sustainable, healthier and safer means of travelling, such as public transport, cycling or walking.
The first phase of the operations began in May, and the second phase will be carried out during the summer and until the autumn.