Post-COVID cycling mobility in the Barcelona metropolitan areacan we go through here?
We normally here at CycloCat have focused on finding the best routes between towns and villages throughout Catalonia, in this series of articles we will focus on reinforcing interurban mobility (not leisure) in the Barcelona area. That is why the tracks you can find cover industrial areas full of factories and large towns. We try to give an alternative to public transport. Aside from the fact that there are fewer cars on the roads and avenues makes them slightly safer, so we agreed to add more sections shared with the car.
Let’s review the existing geography and communications between Barcelona and nearby municipalities to see how cycling mobility can be carried out between them. Geography is one of the things that will surely not change in this “new normality”.
Barcelona is a city trapped between the Mediterranean and the Litoral mountain range (Garraf, Collserola, Marina). This mountain range has two discontinuities produced by the passage of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs. This means that to get out of the Barcelona plan you can follow one of these five corridors:
- Corridor 1: follow Nordeast coast to Maresme.
- Corridor 2: ascend Besòs to get into Vallès.
- Corridor 3: cross Collserola.
- Corridor 4: ascend Llobregat to get into Anoia and Penedès.
- Corridor 5: follow Southwest to get into Castelldefels area.
Notice that these corridors are much longer than the average distance that a cyclist can take to get to work, but we must understand them as axes of communication. Highways are thousands of miles long but that doesn’t mean motorists drive it along completely every day.