Madrid is planning a major increase in spending on cycling infrastructure and the city’s bicycle-sharing network BiciMAD (link is external) in the coming year. The city council had originally planned to spend €2 m on cycling in 2016, but will now spend € 40 m on 33 new cycling routes on streets or in public places and parks. Much of the funding will come from a national government fund for sustainable investments. A condition for the funding is that it must be spent by the end of 2016, meaning deadlines will be tight.
New cycling infrastructure will help to cut pollution and traffic congestion, and increase the number of daily cyclists in Madrid. Currently cycling is only 1 per cent of the daily modal share. The Spanish capital’s mayor, Manuela Carmena, has also committed to expanding access to BiciMAD in the south of the city, where provision for the service is currently lacking.
The city has also said it would take over the service in the event that the current operator files for bankruptcy. Although the additional cycle paths will help cyclists in the city travel more quickly and comfortably than before, cycling advocates say there is still a problem with incorrect signage on routes and a lack of adherence to speed limits by drivers.