In 2018, the municipalities of Madrid and Buenos Aires have signed a commitment to promote sustainable urban regeneration, within the framework of the European Union's International Urban Cooperation Programme (IUC-LAC) initiative for Latin America and the Caribbean. This EU Programme aims to support cities in different parts of the world to connect and share solutions to common problems in their sustainable urban development, within the framework of the New Urban Agenda and the fight against climate change.
The Spanish Organisation of Consumers and Users (La fuerza de tus decisiones) recently conducted a survey on how urban mobility is perceived in maor Spanish cities. During the survey, 1,421 people between the ages of 25 and 74 living in the urban perimeter of the five most populous cities in Spain were questioned about their transport decisions in their daily life. Residents of Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and Zaragoza were all included in the survey.
The Generalitat Valenciana (the Government of the autonomous communities of Valencia) – through its President Mr Ximo Puig - announced that 4.5 million Euros coming from European funds will be allocated to promote and improve sustainable mobility in the more than 70 municipalities that comprise the Valencia Region.
The International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment has been successfully reconvened for nearly 25 years, always attracting a wide international spread of delegates. It is well-established as the premier event of its type.
“MaaS Madrid” is a mobile application developed by the Municipal Transport Company of the city of Madrid (Empresa Municipal de Transportes, EMT), which aims to provide high quality and updated information on public transport in the Spanish capital and about the additional services that conenct with the public transport network.
Barcelona recently published its Electric Mobility Strategy 2018-2024 including a range of measures and ambitious targets for development of electromobility in the city.
By 2024, 80% of the municipal fleet should be electric - as well as 100 buses and 800 taxis. In addition, the strategy aims to increase the number of electric private cars and motorcycles up to a combined total of 24,000. The number of electric vehicles and motorcycles currently registered remains below 2,000, which demonstrates how ambitious the Strategy aims to be.
The Municipality of Barcelona intends to strongly encourage walking mobility, as confirmed by Ms Mercedes Vidal, the councilor of Mobility of the government of Mayor Ms Ada Colau. The new urban mobility plan (PMU) – that will indicate the actions to be undertaken between 2019 and 2014 - will particularly focus on pedestrians and their needs.