Reducing bicycle thefts in the city
To encourage more bicycle use in the city, Barcelona is looking for a bike parking system that enhances the security of private cycles.
The City of Barcelona continues to make an important commitment towards the use of bicycles as a sustainable and safe means of transport. In 2012 there were 97km of cycle paths in the city and the network is continually being extended and improved. Over 126,000 trips are made daily by bicycle in Barcelona with two thirds of those being taken on private bikes. Barcelona currently has over 22,000 parking spaces for cycles distributed in 2,500 installations across the city. However, growing these figures further is hindered by the security of bicycles in the city.
Measures have been taken to tackle bicycle thefts including a citywide registration system accessed by the local police to help with returning stolen bicycles. Some local retailers are also offering customers a combined cycle registration and insurance system which covers public liability and third party incidents. However, the schemes are not having the necessary impact and bicycle security continues to be an issue in the city.
Barcelona is looking for a bicycle parking system to roll out across the city to provide cyclists with a secure option when leaving their bikes. The system should be user-friendly and robustly link owners directly with their bicycle as well as integrate additional elements to incentivise cyclists to use the service. These may include insurance against theft, bicycle registration, partnerships with local retail outlets or other innovations.
As in most urban contexts, public space is limited. Designs involving overground, underground or multilevel solutions will be considered. The ideal solution will use public space rationally and offer a compact solution optimising the restricted space available.
The winning solution must offer a sustainable business model. The system should be modular and easily scalable so that it can adapt to the needs of different neighbourhoods. The implementation of the service will take place progressively but the winning solution will need to implement at a significant scale from the beginning to incentivise use.
Barcelona’s vision is to continually improve the safety and security offered to bicycle users in the city. The winning solution will enhance the services offered to cyclists and so encourage more private bicycle usage and support the city’s drive towards increasingly sustainable inner-city transport.
Further background reading:
Pla de foment de la bicicleta a Barcelona; July 2012 http://w110.bcn.cat/Mobilitat/Continguts/Documents/Fitxers/Pladefomentdelabicicleta.pdf