Cycling and Sustainable Urban Mobility in Barcelona

Cycling is part of the solution for more sustainable Urban Mobility in Barcelona

Cycling and sustainable urban mobility in Barcelona. Looking for ways to limit your carbon footprint? Barcelona is increasing the bike network by 40%, developing a strategic plan for secure bike parking in the city and studying the addition of more electric bikes. Cycle and be part of the environmentally friendly solution!

This article is sponsored by Swapfiets.

Barcelona - the 2024 Urban Mobility Plan

The Urban Mobility Plan (UMP) of Barcelona sets out four main challenges in response to the mobility needs of people and goods: guaranteeing the right to mobility, looking after people’s health and safety, contributing to the recovery of economic and commercial activities, and fighting the climate crisis and improving air quality. The plan specifies a total of 60 lines of action and over 300 measures for more sustainable, safe and healthy mobility. It also sets the goal of 81.52% of travel being undertaken on foot or by public transport or bicycle by 2024. 

Cycling and sustainable urban mobility in Barcelona

A fun, environmentally friendly alternative to walking is transit cycling. With the city adding new cycling paths, you can get literally anywhere in Barcelona on a bike – including the metro, train, tram, and bus. Choosing to ride your bike means improving your physical health as well as reducing air pollution and the emissions that contribute to global warming. Many Barcelonians are taking advantage of cycling as a low-carbon, low-cost mode of transport.


Cycling and sustainable urban mobility: who says biking to school can’t be a party on wheels? Groups of children and their parents listen to music and bike to school every Friday morning thanks to the Bicibús project. The ride starts at the Sant Antoni market hall in the Eixample district and blocks off motorized traffic for one hour, enabling schoolchildren to use the streets as an extended bike path. The idea is to promote change towards sustainable mobility and improve kids’ health and school performance.

European mobility Week

European Mobility week is the European Commission’s flagship awareness-raising campaign on sustainable urban mobility. It encourages behavioural change in favour of active mobility, public transport and other clean, intelligent transport solutions. From September 16th to 22nd, the 2022 ‘Better Connections’ themed campaign will empower people to choose more sustainable and intelligent transport solutions. 

European mobility week: Activities in Barcelona

Barcelona is taking part in European Mobility Week. Barcelona City Counci, the city’s organisations and associations have planned over one hundred activities. Join in on some to raise awareness and create a cleaner urban lifestyle!

Park(ing) Day (16th of September)

Public parking spaces will be transformed into parks, gardens and other types of public spaces.

Open Days: How transport works in Barcelona

Do you want to learn more about transport in Barcelona? Visit the Barcelona City Council Municipal Services Centre, Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Renfe, Rodalies de Cataluny, TMB, Tram Barcelona, Bicibox or BiciHub and many more institutions on the 16th or 17th of September.

Car-Free Day (22nd of September)

Roads will be closed to traffic and a great variety of events to be held on the streets. Traffic will be replaced with activities for all ages.

About Swapfiets

Swapfiets started in a very organic way, with a group of friends creating an idea and just trying it out. For a fixed price a month you get a Swapfiets bicycle and they ensure your bicycle always works. Over the years, Swapfiets has designed it’s own bicycle and is now an established brand in a number of cities across the globe.

Not only is Swapfiets embracing cycling and sustainable urban mobility in Barcelona (aiming to have fully circular bicycles by 2025), it offers tonnes of other benefits for it’s members, some of which include:

  • All Swapfiets products are secured anti-theft and armed with double locks on the bikes.
  • If needed, a repair service is available within 48 hours to repair or directly swap your two-wheeler at no additional cost.
  • Swapfiets uses Dutch Bikes – all of which are excellent quality and have superior features.
  • No NIE or other paperwork are needed to sign up.
  • They offer student voucher codes for subscriptions.
  • Discover their powerful E-bikes. For more power.

Swapfiets has grand ambitions. Not just to provide their members with an environmentally friendly way to navigate the world, crush their collective carbon footprint, put fewer cars on the road or keep our bodies moving. But also, to encourage the world to adopt a new way of thinking and using – through circularity. Swapfiets is committed to running their business in the most responsible way possible – sustainably. So, in 2021 they have committed to 100% renewable energy contracts for all locations; from offices to warehouses and stores.


If you’re keen to sign up to become part of the Swapfiets community, use code: SWAPBARCELONA-40CW-YLYM to receive a discount on your subscription.


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