UGD in the City of Barcelona
To establish the foundations for the 2030 Barcelona UGD Strategy, Barcelona City Council has carried out cross-cutting work with all the areas involved to produce a diagnosis on the reality and impact of the activity on the city.
One of the points analysed is how the rise in e-commerce has modified traditional distribution models and increased this type of demand in Barcelona: an increase of 43% in two years, driven by the pandemic. New mobility arising from this type of commerce presents a challenge for a city that aims to reduce the use of private vehicles by 25% (2024 urban mobility plan target). The fact that a major increase in e-commerce is forecast also needs to be taken into account.
Furthermore, according to the diagnosis, vans and lorries account for 23% of all city traffic and UGDs generate 31% of PM10 and 34% of NOx particulates detected in Barcelona. Another challenge for the city is to reduce the 2019 statistic of 1,566 accidents involving vans and lorries in Barcelona. With regard to loading and unloading spaces, the City Council has maintained the number of spaces in the city (10,028) and is working to apply measures that reduce public space allocated to UGD.