Sustainable mobility gains ground in Barcelona

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Sustainable mobility gains ground in Barcelona

12/03/2018
Barcelona
El Periódico

Despite the advances in recent years, there is still much to be done in terms of the quality of the air that is breathed in the city of Barcelona. Air pollution is still far from the acceptable levels for the environment and for the health of people, because it aggravates some diseases such as asthma, heart failure, high blood pressure and even diabetes. One piece of information: 659 premature deaths could be avoided each year and the life expectancy of citizens could be increased by 52 days if the levels recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) were met.

 

With this scenario and to prevent it from going any further, the City Council of Barcelona has begun to work on the Urban Mobility Plan 2019-2024. And is that road traffic is primarily responsible for the most worrisome pollutants: NO2 or nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter or PM10. The first comes in 70% from the exhaust pipes, while the particles are produced by the wear of the brakes, tires, and asphalt.

 

The new plan, which will evolve the main axes of the current urban mobility plan, aims to move towards mobility with the person and their welfare as the central axis. One of the lines of action is the road reordering whose objective is to achieve a safer and healthier mobility. This means prioritizing the circulation of pedestrians, promoting sustainable and healthy modes of travel, such as public transport and cycling, and creating more living and leisure spaces, among other measures.

 

Full article (in Spanish): El Periódico