Reducing motorcycle-related accidents in the city of Barcelona. This is the first challenge of Barcelona Innova Lab, the first Living Lab in the city.

  • The first challenge aimed at reducing motorcycle-related accidents was presented today at an event organised at Ca L’Alier, where the DGT and Barcelona City Council signed a cooperation agreement towards this objective.
  • Starting in January, Barcelona City Council, together with Fira de Barcelona, the DGT and EIT Urban Mobility, will launch the first challenge aimed at reducing motorbike accidents. The winning project will receive €100,000 to subsidise a pilot project for 18 months.
  • Barcelona Innova Lab is the first living laboratory established in Barcelona, created by Barcelona City Council, DGT, Fira Barcelona and EIT Urban Mobility.

Barcelona, 20 December 2022 –  Last March, Barcelona City Council, Fira Barcelona, EIT Urban Mobility and the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) formalised an alliance to create Barcelona Innova Lab’s urban mobility laboratory. The recently opened living lab, is one of the instruments to attract innovative solutions related to the mobility sector. Its aim is to attain specific goals for reducing accident rates in general and to incorporate the 0 vision for the year 2050. This instrument, the first living lab set up in Barcelona, reinforces its objective of becoming a natural space for experimentation where innovative products, services and methodologies can be tested to check their usefulness, operation and the generation of public value before being scaled up to products or services that can be implemented and marketed.

Urban challenge: “How to reduce motorcycle-related accidents”.

The founding bodies of the Barcelona Innova Lab have already taken the first step and will launch the urban challenge award in January. The aim of the challenge is to reduce the number of accidents involving motorcycles, thereby increasing road safety in the city for both motorcyclists and other people who travel through the city, whether on foot or in other vehicles. The urban challenge formula is a new way of solving urban problems and complex city needs that require innovative solutions.

The challenge will have a budget allocation of €100,000 in grants, corresponding to a maximum of 80% of the total amount of the proposed solution. Solutions submitted may be aimed at solving the accident rate from either (or both) of the above-mentioned prospects: from behavioural innovation, through a solution that is capable of intervening on the behaviour of the people who use this type of vehicle, or from technological innovation, where the solution will have to prioritise an innovative technological component.

The timeframe for implementation of the winning proposal will be 18 months, of which the pilot phase with monitoring will have to be a minimum of 6 months. The proposal will also include a pilot phase in a real environment to achieve a measurable impact in relation to the safety of drivers, motorcyclists, and third parties in public space.

The following solutions will be pursued:

  • An innovative and differential component, using innovative methodologies and resources in terms of planning and implementation.
  • High impact, with a demonstrable effect and a measurable and lasting return over time.
  • Projects that can be implemented in the short term.

The project should define the deployment space of the driver, either citywide or in a specific type of space.

Collective involvement

The cooperation agreement also underlines the need to involve the various groups related to the world of motorbikes and mopeds through actions in each field by members, users, etc. Always working with the different city councils, society (entities that integrate various groups in the field of mobility, road victims associations, etc.) and companies related to the world of mobility. In addition, the project is also aimed at engaging mutual insurance companies, educational centres, universities and driving school associations.


Laia Bonet, from the Barcelona City Council and Pere Navarro, from DGT sign the agreement 

About Barcelona Innova Lab

Last March, Barcelona City Council, Fira Barcelona, EIT Urban Mobility and the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) formalised an alliance to create Barcelona Innova Lab’s urban mobility laboratory.

The aim is to encourage and facilitate the implementation of innovative projects and pilot tests in smart and sustainable urban mobility.

Through Barcelona Urban Lab, mobility challenges will be defined and projects will be selected that will lead to improvements in this sector. Moreover, selected companies will be offered a public space as a test bench to test their projects in a real environment.

They will also be provided with a new space to develop innovation projects at Fira de Barcelona, advisory services and access to the city council’s sensors and database hub.






Living labs report published!

The living labs report is the main output of the inventory of urban mobility living labs in the Pan-European region conducted by LuxMobility and Breda University of Applied Sciences and funded by the EIT Urban Mobility in 2020. The aim of this public report is to provide the wider transport community with an understanding of the potential of successfully ran living labs and their essential contribution to the transformation of the current urban mobility system. 

This report will help the urban mobility innovation community to better understand the scope of the mobility living labs movement in Europe, the shapes and forms of these labs, their added value for the mobility transition, and the barriers and opportunities they are facing. The in-depth analysis presented in this report focuses on the following topics:

  • origin; 
  • duration; 
  • main topics addressed; 
  • key owners and stakeholders involved; 
  • relation to policy initiatives; 
  • real-life environment characteristics; 
  • co-creation and end-user involvement; 
  • operational structure; 
  • business models; 
  • kind of activities facilitated; 
  • key challenges; and 
  • areas of support needed.  

Since 2006 the concept of the living lab is recognised by the European Commission as a key tool for open innovation. Living labs have spread over Europe in various waves, first focusing on new ICT tools but later also extending to other fields, such as sustainable energy, healthcare, safety, and mobility. Nowadays, newspapers are full of news items on living labs, promoting networks of living labs recently created, and covering European projects that organise their activities within the living labs set-up. The present report illustrates that operational set up, local urban mobility strategies, as well as the goals of the main key stakeholders have led in practice to a large variety of urban mobility living labs in Europe. 

The key elements of living labs – active user involvement, multiple-stakeholder platform for innovation in real-life contexts, multi-method, and co-creation approach – are completely aligned with EIT Urban Mobility’s vision and mission. This mission covers improving people’s quality of life by creating more liveable urban spaces through innovation and transformation in urban mobility, decarbonising transport and making Europe’s economy and the transport sector more competitive. Therefore, living labs are a key strategic instrument within the EIT Urban Mobility to boost the uptake of innovative sustainable urban mobility solutions and accelerating the transition to scale by engaging directly with the citizens and the local community, and all stakeholders in a real-life environment.