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Bilbao registers one million fewer cars in the first quarter of 2024

Mairenis Gomez

April 29, 2024 | 9:21 a.m.

Impact of sustainable mobility in Bilbao

In Bilbao, the reduction of Vehicular traffic It is not just a statistical data, it is a clear example of an urban transformation in progress. Since the start of 2024, the city has seen one million cars stopped circulating through its streets compared to the first quarter of 2019. This change represents a 13,9% decrease in vehicle entry, an indication that sustainable mobility policies are bearing fruit.

The role of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (PMUS)

The SUMP is not simply a document, but an active and evolutionary strategy to improve the quality of life of the population in multiple areas, such as health, equality and the environment. Initially implemented in 2015, with a vision until 2030, the SUMP seeks to promote mobility that is less dependent on the car and more inclined towards sustainable alternatives. such as public transport, bicycles and pedestrian mobility.

This year, the SUMP has completed five years since its last update and, according to Nora Abete, Councilor for Mobility and Sustainability, it is essential that this plan be reviewed and updated. This process is not only necessary by legislation, but is essential for the plan to adapt to the new needs and realities of Bilbao.

Data and future expectations

Furthermore, the decrease in the number of cars has not only freed up urban space, but has also coincided with an increase in the use of public transport and other clean and efficient means of transport. It is expected that, at the end of 2024, Bilbao will register a total reduction of four million vehicles compared to 2019. This projection not only reflects a change in the city's infrastructure, but also a modification in the mentality of its citizens and their mobility patterns.

Even the dialogue in the municipal plenary session has highlighted the importance of updating the SUMP to continue these positive trends. Both the opposition and the government team have recognized the need for this update, demphasizing that mobility policies must be able to continually adapt to evolving urban dynamics.

The SUMP is not simply a document, but an active and evolutionary strategy to improve the quality of life of the population.

The commitment of citizens and the administration

With the proposed establishment of Low Emission Zones and the review of the SUMP, Bilbao is on the way to consolidating its leadership in sustainable mobility. Citizen participation, visible through mobility forums and other consultation mechanisms, plays a crucial role in this process. Cooperation between citizens, politicians and technicians is vital for the policies implemented to be effective and to guarantee that all sectors of the population benefit from a cleaner, safer and more livable city.

With every step you take, Bilbao is not only moving towards a more sustainable future, but also serves as a model for other cities seeking to implement similar changes in their urban structures and mobility policies. The Bilbao experience demonstrates that reducing vehicles and increasing sustainable transport are not only possible, but essential for the collective well-being and sustainable development of modern cities.

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