Study “Bikesharing in Spain: opportunities and challenges for a more sustainable urban mobility”

  • Carried out by Fifteen and Ipsos, the study presents all the keys to building a cycling policy linked to the mobility habits of Spaniards and their preferences regarding cycling and bike-sharing systems.
  • The study presents the views of current and potential users, analyses the challenges local councils face to increase the modal share of cycling, and offers the views of experts in the sector.
  • EIT Urban Mobility collaborates with the study, that was officially launched last month in October.

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT HERE (available in Spanish only)

Barcelona, November 2023 – Spain passed the Climate Change and Energy Transition Law in 2021, which sets out measures to facilitate active mobility in municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants. Cycling, particularly bike-sharing services, can accelerate the transition and change mobility patterns. But what do Spaniards say?

77% of Spaniards support public bike-sharing service in their city to encourage its use as a sustainable means of transport, according to the monographic study ‘Bicicleta compartida en España: oportunidades y retos para una movilidad urbana más sostenible’ (Bicycle sharing in Spain: opportunities and challenges for a more sustainable urban mobility), carried out by Fifteen and Ipsos.

The report describes that cycling is the preferred means of transport for 19% of citizens, with men being the most frequent users (59%), and explores the perception of cycling as a sustainable and healthy mobility model, with 89% believing it plays an essential role in reducing carbon emissions and 82% believing it plays a vital role in reducing traffic. 1,900 cases were analysed to write the study, concluding that cycling has become a standard means of transport for 19% of the Spanish population, while 51% say they use a bicycle on occasion and 33% cite not owning a bicycle as one of the reasons for not cycling.

Following on from the studies carried out by ConBici and Red de Ciudades por la Bicicleta (RCxB), this study is an essential tool to inform the decisions of policymakers and enable technicians and associations to convince them of the potential of bike sharing in their cities.