Julie reports from Barcelona

Barcelona : pleasing pedal

This story is part of our youReport series.

Copenhagenize puts Barcelona in 13. place of bike-friendly cities. Even just getting onto the prestigious list is an honour. Yet Barcelona used to be 3rd – competition is strong! From Copenhagenize we hear “Barcelona is an enjoyable city to cycle in”. So. Campaign member Julie had a look. Here’s her account:

As soon as we came back from our hols I downloaded my cycling pictures for you. Yes, Barcelona did seem to have some good ideas for their cyclists! Most excitingly we saw parking zones clearly marked between the road and the cycle path so no one parks in the cycle lane – need I say more?!

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Photo 1 – lanes separate from parking

When the cycle lanes are on the road they are protected by rubber markers so drivers would be aware of crossing into the wrong lane.

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Photo 2 – lane protection

These two photos show the road markings for a crossroads with distinct lanes marked for bikes:

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Photo 3 – crossroads 1

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Photo 4 – crossroads 2

Cycleways are completely separate to the road – sometimes alongside wide pavements but generally well marked:

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Photo 5 – distinct lanes 1

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Photo 6 – distinct lanes 2

Most of the cycle lanes cater for both directions of travel within the same lane – this could be a useful approach for the northern section of the Great North Road in Gosforth…

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Photo 7 – dual direction