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Urban mobility in the spotlight

Urban mobility in the spotlight

After recently we saw the news that the Principality of Asturias will demand the creation of two bicycle parking spaces for each floor in newly built homes (https://goo.gl/tSvvTX) we see the dialogue of urban mobility reopened, especially by bicycle, now on the lips also by politicians. News like this often creates opinions that confront, and is that some report that measures such as this only benefit a few or move under campaign campaign advertising purposes, but the figures, and the specific data are far from those comments.

According to studies such as the Bicycle Barometer of the year 2017 (https://goo.gl/6vvZLF) prepared by the DGT, 9 million Spaniards use the bicycle weekly in our cities, a figure in progressive increase, other studies such as the Bikester store (https://goo.gl/ni7MUU) support this data, the increase of population in the cities and the appearance of increasingly long routes to work create new problems in cities that require answers. Some cities already apply restrictions on motorized traffic in some areas of cities. Limitations at 30Km / h, prohibition of explosion-engine vehicles, allowing only the collective transport of passengers, creation of new lanes and sidewalks, construction of public electric chargers ... are some of the measures we are seeing more frequently, large cities such as Paris propose the ban on gasoline vehicles by 2030 (https://goo.gl/4zHFou), but what role does the bicycle play in all this? Nearly five years ago, Casey Neistat, a well-known vlogger and publicist from New York, presented the following video examining various means of urban transportation in one of the busiest cities on the planet.

Although the numbers are in our favor we are far from the data that other European countries show, the bicycle is still considered by many users of the road a mere toy or hindrance, and in most cases there are no rigorous municipal regulations on its use and behavior, like many users of this means of transport, have no knowledge or do not implement the rules of circulation, this creates an added conflict to the implementation of this medium, which we could summarize in a couple of words, "lack of civility." Like many other modern problems of the first world, the bicycle responds to environmental, educational and organizational issues, undoubtedly brings great benefits, but there is much work to be done at all levels, it seems that some municipalities are beginning to take action, but Are we the users of the road and of the cities smart enough to take advantage of them?

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