Those cities who use bicycle the most are those that have public service
The president of Ineco, Sergio Vázquez Torrón, presented at the Global Mobility Call the report `La Bicicleta en la Ciudad´ (The Bicycle in the City) that the engineering and consultancy firm of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda has prepared within the framework of the new knowledge and innovation space, Ineco Impulsa, with the aim of periodically analysing mobility trends in the mobility market. A new lever to anticipate and change the future of mobility and digital transformation and help address major social, economic and environmental challenges.
This first study explores the possibilities of this mode of transport, which is destined to become a key player in the mobility of cities. Accompanying the current public mobility policies and the greater promotion of the bicycle as a means of transport, Ineco, an actor in the definition of urban mobility strategies, analyses the situation and the challenges facing the sector.
This report reveals that cities with the highest modal share of cycling in mobility (>2%) have the highest ratios of public bikes per inhabitant (>19%). Their advantages are many: they constitute a sustainable, fast, flexible and practical urban mobility option, providing access to a bicycle to people who cannot afford it due to lack of resources or lack of space in their homes, allowing the realisation of unidirectional trips. Also, they are an ideal ally of public transport in the stages of access or dispersion to it, removing the perceived risk of bicycle theft for users and, above all, they can become a catalyst for the use of the bicycle to be accepted as a habitual means of transport.
In this sense, it is also observed that, after the pandemic, there are many examples of cities in which the use of bicycles has increased because of the health crisis, both in Spain and internationally. For example, at the national level, in Gipuzkoa bicycle trips increased by 31% in 2020 compared to 2019. This is a trend observed in many cities that already had a minimum of cycling infrastructure and have opted to expand it through temporary solutions.
Within the framework of this report, it is also seen that the bicycle is an inclusive and affordable mode, which provides autonomy, security and freedom to many segments of the population, representing this means of transport an advance in gender equality, guaranteeing less dependent mobility economically and more flexible, which results in greater freedom, independence and empowerment. However, approximately 30% of male bicycle users use it at least once a week, while the percentage among women is 15%.
During his speech, Sergio Vázquez Torrón highlighted that "not only the most cutting-edge technology gives us mobility solutions, but also a mode of transportation such as the bicycle with more than 200 years of history. This study focuses on its use as an urban mobility tool”. He also pointed out that Ineco understands mobility with a 360° approach: "from planning to life habits, our goal is to promote sustainable mobility to improve people's quality of life".
360º Mobility, Ineco's bet in the Global Mobility Call.
Ineco is actively participating in the first edition of this international event that Madrid is hosting these days to build the new ecosystem of sustainable mobility. The company stress the importance of of developing 360º mobility strategies that allow people to move in a sustainable way door-to-door.
The president of Ineco inaugurated the "360º Mobility" conference, which included the participation of Álvaro F. Heredia, expert in sustainable mobility and manager of AUVASA, Adrián Fernández, mobility coordinator at Greenpeace and, on behalf of Ineco, Ainhoa Zubieta, National Business General Director and Patricia Rey, Engineering and Consultancy General Director.
“Mobility is very complex and requires a comprehensive approach: solutions have to be innovative with the user always at the center. They must always be coordinated, and they must be sustainable in their three social, economic and environmental aspects” highlighted Ainhoa Zubieta in her speech. Alvaro F. Heredia stressed that "it is impossible for us to achieve a rational use of modes of transport, if the use of public space is not rational to begin with." Finally, Adrián Fernández pointed out that “if we want a green revolution, it has to be not only environmental but also socially fair, otherwise there will be many people left behind”.
For his part, José Ángel Higueras, director of the Transport, Mobility and Digital Transformation Business at Ineco, will participate tomorrow in a round table on public-private collaboration for the development of transport infrastructure for new mobility. The Secretary General of Transport and Mobility, Maria José Rallo, will be in charge of opening this session, which will highlight the attractiveness of Mitma companies as a spearhead for investment in this new way of understanding mobility, hand in hand with the private sector.