WIT Press


Sevilla: A Successful Experience Of Bicycle Promotion In A Mediterranean Context

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SC140651

Volume

191

Pages

13

Page Range

769 - 781

Published

2014

Size

759 kb

Author(s)

R. Marqués, V. Hernández-Herrador, M. Calvo-Salazar

Abstract

From 2006 to 2011 Sevilla experienced a rapid growth in urban cycling, from a negligible participation in the modal split up to 9% of the total mechanical trips. This rapid growth was based on some active policies heavily based on the building of a continuous and homogeneous network of segregated cycle paths. In this paper we analyse the main guidelines for the development of this infrastructure, as well as its impact on urban mobility and bicycle traffic safety. We found that the risk of cycling was reduced in parallel to the increase in the number of cyclists, in agreement with the safety in numbers hypothesis. Future trends for further improving bike mobility are also described and analysed. Finally, we make an estimation of the possible effects on bicycle use of a hypothetical compulsory helmet regulation, a possibility that is presently under debate in Spain.

Keywords

bicycling, active mobility, cycleways, public bikes, sustainable transport, Sevilla (Seville), Spain, Mediterranean region