The city of Madrid is seeking to be increasingly friendly to pedestrians and eco-friendly means of transport: that is the aim pursued by approving today the new Sustainable Mobility Ordinance which, among other novelties, reduces the speed at which vehicles can circulate on most streets at 30 kilometers per hour.
More and more people are using bicycles, motor scooters (either their own or from rental companies, which have been proliferating in recent months) or even scooters to move around the city, but do you know how you have to behave in each case? Here’s what’s new in Madrid’s new Sustainable Mobility Ordinance.
If you ride a bicycle in Madrid
Thanks on the one hand to BiciMad and on the other to the different bike rental companies that have arrived in the capital, the bicycle is becoming the favorite means of transport for many people in Madrid. The extension of the bicycle lane (much criticized by some sectors) has also contributed to more people being encouraged to use the bicycle to move around the city.
With the new Mobility Ordinance, the great novelty for bicycles is that they will be able to turn right at red traffic lights as long as it is signposted. In addition, they will also be able to cycle in the opposite direction through residential streets (as long as it is signposted) and bicycle streets. When parking their bicycles, cyclists may leave their bicycles attached to street furniture (fences, benches, etc. but not vegetation).
If you move around on skates, skateboards or scooters without motors
Cycling is not the only means of transport that is beneficial to our health: many citizens also use skateboards and scooters without engines or skateboards not only in their leisure time, but also to move around the city.
If you use non-motorised skates or scooters, you will be able to ride on the sidewalk at pedestrian speed, and also on cycle lanes, cycle paths, cycle tracks and cycle streets. The most important thing in any of the cases in which space is shared with pedestrians is that you should try not to disturb pedestrians and not put them in danger, and not to exceed 5 kilometers per hour.
If you move with a motor scooter
The electrically charged motor scooter is not as beneficial to our health as the use of the bicycle or skates, but it is an option increasingly used by more citizens, especially since some companies have arrived in the capital to rent scooters.
From now on, if you are traveling on a motor scooter or other personal motor vehicle, you will have to do it on the road, never on the sidewalk. You can also use them on protected bicycle lanes, bicycle tracks and on the residential streets. They can be used, like bicycles, on all streets that limit the speed of traffic to 30 kilometers per hour (thanks to an amendment to the ordinance).