Valencia recently became the second best Spanish city when it comes to sustainable mobility, as part of the “Urban Mobility Ranking” commissioned by the NGO, Greenpeace.
On 20th May, the NGO known as Greenpeace published their annual rankings and awarded a 6.6 out of 10 to Valencia. Only Bilbao, with a score of 6.9, exceeds the “Capital del Túria”.
In the study, different factors were taken into account to compare the availability of public transport services, the bike lane network, pedestrian streets as well as the city’s level of pollution and noise, among others.
The document states that “Valencia stands out as a leader in sustainability by the measures they are taking to reduce car use and improve the quality of life of its residents”.
Valencia is the third most populated city in Spain, with a density of 5,877 inhabitants per sq. km. and an index of 610 vehicles per 1000 inhabitants, giving this statistic even greater value.
Statistics speak for themselves
Despite it being an industrial area, the Mediterranean way of life allows the city to achieve these results. People, especially the younger population, are concerned with environmental issues and healthy ways of life. That’s one of the reasons why the use of bicycles has increased from 4.7 to 4.8%, between 2012 and 2018. The same is the case for walking, going from 48.2% to 50.5% of people choosing walking as their main way of getting around. On the other hand, trips by bus have decreased from 23.4 to 21.8% and the use of car has decreased from 23.6 to 21.5%, so positive results all round!
These changes can be attributed to the Plan for Sustainable Urban Mobility (SUMP) which came into effect in 2016, with a budget of 201.2 € million!
It has helped to transform Valencia! With 33,000 square meters of new pedestrian zones, the implementation of school paths, the development of the bike lanes all over the city, and the redesign of the bus service, with the correct operation of “EMT Valencia” and “MetroBús”.
What’s to come?
For the next few years, the Plan seeks to reduce the speed limit to 30 kilometers per hour, helping to reduce pollution in the city. It also plans to create 89 new pedestrian walkways and 18 more kilometres of bike lanes for residents to enjoy!
This is why, with every year that goes by, Valencia is being considered as “The Netherlands” of the Mediterranean!