Rivas Vaciamadrid is located in the Madrid metropolitan area, just 15km from central Madrid. The Manzanares and Jarama rivers flow through the city, forming part of the Lower Manzares and Jarama Rivers Regional Park. The park comprises a significant part of the city, bringing biodiversity to urban life.
In 2010, Rivas Vaciamadrid implemented its first SUMP, closely aligned to the Rivas Zero Emissions Plan, with both plans aiming to tackle air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Three years later, Rivas Vaciamadrid received the SUMP Award, which recognised the city’s ambitious goals to enhance sustainability mobility.
Rivas Vaciamadrid’s SUMP covers five key thematic areas: pedestrians; bicycles; public transport; private vehicles (and parking) and stakeholder involvement. Recently, the city has been working on the implementation of several measures, outlined in the action plan of their SUMP review.
One of the recent measures implemented over the past six months is reorganisation of the public bus system. This measure forms part of a wider package of measures aiming to improve accessibility of transport services in the city.
Other measures include extension of the cycling network and improvement of the bicycle hire scheme in the city, which are still in progress. Residents have been heavily involved in decision-making, from design to implementation, which has been a key driver in the success of these measures.