While Barcelona’s network is already one of the cleanest in Europe thanks to its hybrid and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses and the retrofitting of its diesel vehicles with particulate filters, the public transport operator Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) has decided to integrate fully-electric buses into its fleet. This started with the purchase of a BYD K9 bus and two IRIZAR buses. A tender for two additional electric buses was subsequently published in January 2014.
The municipality of Donostia–San Sebastián will host the Spanish SWITCH national take-up seminar.
Health and active mobility will be at the core of the meeting, gathering Spanish local authorities, active mobility promoters and health specialists. All presentations will be given in Spanish.
In the framework of the SWITCH project, the municipality of Donostia-San Sebastián aims at promoting active mobility and healthy habits among its citizens.
Madrid is planning a major increase in spending on cycling infrastructure and the city's bicycle-sharing network BiciMAD in the coming year.
The city council had originally planned to spend €2 m on cycling in 2016, but will now spend € 40 m on 33 new cycling routes on streets or in public places and parks.
Much of the funding will come from a national government fund for sustainable investments. A condition for the funding is that it must be spent by the end of 2016, meaning deadlines will be tight.
The city council of Valencia has established a board made up of 40 civic organisations, businesses and public administrations that it hopes will help improve urban mobility in the Spanish city.
Launched by Valencia Mayor Joan Ribó late last month, the board was created as a body of citizen participation and discussion, with the aim to be informational and consultative, and to collect citizens' proposals on mobility.
Less than a quarter of Valencians use public transport, and almost four out of five people travel in private cars.
Barcelona's mayor, Ada Colau, has announced that the city will more than double its cycle network from 140 to 350 km by 2019.
The measure is based on Barcelona's Urban Mobility Plan 2013-2018, which aims to increase cycling from 1.5 per cent of daily journeys to 2.5 per cent. This is the equivalent of over 130 000 cycling trips per day in the city.
The expansion will add cycle routes to recently renovated parts of Barcelona's road network, as well as ensuring that the busiest roads and streets will be cyclable.
Vitoria's mayor has announced the development of a electric bus rapid-transport (BRT) system to serve 14 districts of the city and 40 per cent of the population.
In his announcement speech, Mayor Gorka Urtaran said that he hoped the new BRT service would be 'a qualitative leap towards sustainable mobility' and make Vitoria-Gasteiz a pioneer of sustainable transport.
One 3 November 2015 the first meeting of the Let’S Move! project took place at the headquarters of Energy Agency of Ribera in Sueca (Spain), attended by representatives of Prioriterre, the city of Wrocław (Poland), the city of Koprivnica (Croatia), and the Energy Agency of Ribera.
The 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns, held from 27-29 April 2016 in the Basque Country, takes place at a crucial time - following the UN Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Climate Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris, which resulted in a post-Kyoto framework to address climate change.
The city of Granada is hosting a meeting with associations representing people with disabilities to discuss the barriers they face in their daily mobility.
Around fifty representatives are set to attend the meeting on 17 September, called by Mariela Fernández Bermejo, the newly appointed Delegate for Territorial Development and Housing in Granada.
The feedback collected at the meeting will be used to help make public transport more accessible for people with reduced mobility.
Málaga is a southern Spanish city, a home to 569 000 people. In 2014, for economic, social and technical reasons, the city was forced to review its Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan. But Málaga saw this as an opportunity to involve stakeholders and the public in the improvement of mobility and quality of life in the city!