The BICIVIA is the metropolitan bike lane network that connects the metropolis and facilitates bike mobility fastly, directly and safely.
The municipal bike lanes are commonly shaped considering the municipal territorial limits, and fail to take into account the important social and economic flows linking municipalities among them. In the densely populated area of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, this has resulted in low connectivity of bike lines across the 36 municipalities.
To interconnect the densely populated metropolitan area of Barcelona and its 36 municipalities by bike in a safe, affordable and fast way
At the end of 2015 the municipalities were firstly consulted on the future shape of the metropolitan bike lane network. The 36 municipalities were divided into technical working groups to discuss and identify the best routes to connect each other. Different alternatives to shape the metropolitan map were analysed together with the municipal representatives of the 36 municipalities and the operators and owners (provincial council, Catalan government, and Spanish government). A first cycling network was presented and discussed with cycling stakeholders (NGOs) and in April 2016 the Metropolitan Council approved the network. 75 km of new bike lanes have been added to the plan as a response to the current global sanitary crisis, in an attempt to provide real and affordable alternatives to private-car.