The city of Madrid seeks to be increasingly friendly for pedestrians and for eco-friendly means of transport: that is the end that has been sought by approving today the new Sustainable Mobility Ordinance that, among other novelties, reduces speed to which can circulate vehicles in most streets at 30 kilometers per hour.
More and more people are using bicycles, motor scooters (whether they are their own or rental companies, which are proliferating in recent months) or even skates or scooters to move around the city, but do you know how you have to behave in each case? We explain what are the novelties of the new Sustainable Mobility Ordinance of Madrid.
If you travel by bicycle through 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 can turn right at the red traffic lights as long as it is marked. In addition, they may also circulate in the opposite direction through residential streets (provided that it is marked) and through the cyclo-streets. When parking the bike, cyclists can leave their bicycle tied to street furniture (fences, benches, etc. but not vegetation).
If you move on skates, skateboards or scooters without motor
The bicycle is not the only means of transport beneficial to our health: there are also many citizens who use skates and scooters without motor or skateboards not only in their leisure time but also to move around the city.
If you use skates or scooters without an engine you can drive on the sidewalk at pedestrian speed, and also along the bike lanes, cycle paths, bike tracks, and cyclically. The most important thing in any of the cases where space is shared with pedestrians is that you should try not to disturb the pedestrians and not put them in danger, and not exceed 5 kilometers per hour.
If you move with a motor scooter
The electric scooter with electric charge 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 rental companies have arrived in the capital scooters
From now on, if you travel by motor scooter or another motorized personal mobility vehicle you will have to do it on the road, never on the sidewalk. You can also drive with them on protected bike lanes, bike tracks and on the road of residential streets. They can be used, like bicycles, for all streets that limit the speed of traffic to 30 kilometers per hour ( thanks to an amendment to the ordinance ).