the Spanish Bicycle Office

The bikes are for the summersaid the play by Fernando Fernán Gómez. But for the Executive, summer is not enough. So much so that The Socialist Party considers the creation of the Spanish Bicycle Office to be essential. The Socialists will defend this Wednesday a Proposition No of Law to create this organism with the desire to “provide consistency at the state level“of the promotion of this vehicle.

NLP will be discussed at the Road Safety Commission. The creation of the Spanish Bicycle Office is an old dream of the former Minister of Transport, José Luis Ábalos, who proposed its creation in the State Strategy for the Bicycle.

According to the group of deputies that supports the creation of this office, “the need to push the bike it does not affect only mobility and urban planning, since the potential of the bicycle encompasses very different areas, including economic, leisure, tourist and territorial structuring aspects. “The PSOE considers that the bicycle is a cross-cutting issue, whichIt affects many ministries and levels of administration (state, regional and local).

This transversality is what serves as an argument for the Socialists when it comes to justifying the creation of a Spanish Bicycle Office: “To give coherence at the state level, promote measures and take advantage of synergies between initiatives, it is considered essential that the State Administration there is a drive, dialogue and coordination of action of all the actors involved, also acting as a point of reference and information for all administrations, professionals and citizens who require it. “These” fundamental “tasks would fall to the Spanish Bicycle Office.

José Luis Ábalos presents the State Strategy for the Bicycle.

No defined budget

The NLP of the PSOE avoid proposing specific financing for the creation of this office as well as the provision of “the appropriate means for its operation.” The State Bicycle Strategy, one of Ábalos’ last projects before his dismissal, was presented in June of this year, and it contemplates the creation of said body, but neither did it specify the cost of its start-up.

In the General State Budgets (PGE) for 2022 there does not appear a single line on the Spanish Bicycle Office. Of course, a € 5 million item for the State Bicycle Strategy.

At Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan An expense for the promotion of this vehicle is contemplated in Component 1, the Shock Plan for sustainable, safe and connected mobility in urban and metropolitan environments. In this plan, 1,500 million euros -500 million more than all those allocated in the plan to “renew the SNS” – to invest in low-emission zones and digital and sustainable transformation of urban transport with final destination to town halls Spanish people.

One of the three lines of investment in this regard is the creation of “carriles bikes, bicycle parking, public bicycle rental systems and other cycling infrastructure “.

The PSOE’s proposal comes in a difficult economic situation, with inflation setting a record rise of 5.6% this November and the price of fuel skyrocketing. The price of gasoline reached last month 1,513 euros per liter, its highest level since September 2012 and thus approaching the all-time high of 1,522 euros. The Mobility by car seems difficult at the moment, although many cities are not prepared for cycling.

Use of the bicycle in Spain

According to the last Bicycle Barometer in Spain, the use of this means of transport has been on the rise in Spain in recent years. More of 34 million Spaniards know how to ride a bike (89.6% of the population), almost 21 million Spaniards have a bicycle for personal use (54.4% of the population) and 9 million Spaniards use the bicycle weekly (22.4% of the population)


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