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New mobility in the UAO New mobility in the UAO

New mobility in the UAO

The Universitat Abat Oliba is the scenario of a slow emergence of new urban means of transport
GeneralZPortada Izquierda 5 February, 2020 user2 0
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Marco takes an electric bike every morning and pedals (if that verb is still correct for a pedal vehicle powered by an electric motor) and  leaves his transport ten minutes later at a Bicing station close to his work. Then he walks up and in five minutes arrives at his work at the concierge of the Abat Oliba CEU University (UAO).

He moves through the city using a new type of mobility. By asking him why he is choosing the electric bike, he sums it up in that “it is more comfortable and allows me to make exercise”. Also points out the price of the service, which costs € 0.68 per day. But not everything is positive. Marco claims  that “more bikes in the parades are needed. Sometimes are empty”. He’s not the only one that is using the Bicing.

Bicing availability is limited at many points

Empty Bicing stations are very common through the city

 

The electric new mobility

New means of urban transport have gained presence in recent months. Especially with the popularization of electric scooters, which are light and easy to use. In addition to the new electric bicycles of the Bicing service, there are also companies that rent electric motorcycles at a low price. And these ones are attracting a lot of young customers.

e-Cooltra is the clear favorite of the students. This can be verified by just taking a look at the bike park at the entrance. The company rents motorcycles for those who need to move around the Catalan capital. However, this new mobility presents serious disadvantages for those living outside the city.

Problems for Barcelona outsiders

Tamara has to drive 50 km in her private car to get to the university. She doesn’t have any chance to introduce new modes of transport in her life. “I get angry because I have an ecological mentality and try to use as little plastic as possible. But the public transport network in Barcelona is very poorly connected and I have no other choice”, she explains resigned.

This reduced offer of public transport for the citizens of outside of Barcelona becomes an incentivation for the use of private cars. Cars that obviously pollute, because electric cars are far from cheap. It is necessary for administrations to activate serious measures to open the door to new non-polluting and sustainable mobility to those who live past the Ronda de Dalt.

Lucas Cañete & Magdalena Boxon

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