Bicing comes back into service

22/04/2020 - 18:09

Covid_19. As from Thursday 23 April, users will be able to get around the city using the Bicing service again, providing they follow the recommendations from the health authorities.

Users will have to follow a series of hygiene and protection measures. The service is re-opening with 57 new stations, added to the network to provide greater geographical coverage and better service.

As from Thursday 23 April, at 6 am, the Bicing service will be operational again after being closed for a few weeks at the request of the health authorities, in line with the preventive measures by the various health administrations.

Taking into account the current state of emergency, everyone who starts making use of the service again to get around the city must follow the recommendations from the health authorities to use the service correctly.

The partial return to work by many non-essential sectors means it’s important to be able to use the Bicing service again, once people have personal protection measures available to them, to promote safe and sustainable mobility and allow for individual mobility while maintaining safety distances.

The Barcelona Public Health Agency has set out some health measures which need to be observed when using the service:

  • Wash your hands properly, with hand sanitiser or soap and water, before and after each journey, to avoid hypothetical indirect infection.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Use gloves, which need to be discarded after leaving the bike.

You should also note that you are not allowed to use the service if you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last fortnight, if you still have any symptoms or if you have been in contact with anyone else diagnosed with it.

Other recommendations must also be considered, such as: keeping two metres from other cyclists, trying to avoid using two-way bike lanes and pedestrian areas, avoiding touching your face during the journey and using the inside of your elbow if you need to cough or sneeze.

It’s also better to use the Bicing app to take out or park bikes directly via your phone.

Subscriptions will be extended by the same amount of time as the service has been suspended for when the state of emergency ends, meaning users will not have lost out on any days of their subscription period for the service.

More stations in service

The re-opening of the Bicing service also brings 57 new stations with it, as the service reaches neighbourhoods where it was previously unavailable, such as La Marina del Prat Vermell, Trinitat Nova, Canyelles and Vall d’Hebron.

Over the course of 2020, a total of 97 new stations are due to be added, offering greater geographical coverage and improving the service for users.

Protection measures for Bicing workers

In addition, various measures have been taken to protect staff who will be working to make the service available for use by the public once it re-opens.

In this respect, in terms of logistics and maintenance, all workers will have individual protective suits, gloves and FPP2 masks. Safety distances will be guaranteed too, while tools, workplaces and bikes coming from the streets will all be disinfected.