The Consorcio de Transporte Metropolitano
In the region of Andalucia, the Ring-Ring prize is awarded once a year, since five years now, to acknowledge a specific environment friendly initiative on the celebration of
This year, the Consorcio de Transporte Metropolitano del Área de Sevilla was awarded the prize for the Bus+Bici initiative. “Bus+Bici is an innovative solution to combine bicycle and bus” thanks to the facilities displayed at
bus stations. Starting as an initiative during
the European Week for Mobility in 2006, it evolved in the course of six months as a full service associated with the use of the billete unico metropolitan (single ticket for
The Bus+Bici service allows public transport travellers holding a bonobus (a pass ticket for 10 trips) to borrow for free a bicycle to move around in the metropolitan area. The scheme is coordinated by Consorcio de Transporte Metropolitano del Área de Sevilla, the public transport authority, with the full cooperation of the municipalities which form the Consorcio. Since its inception 2 years ago, the number of bicycle grew to 100 and allowed 23000
cycling trips, which means around 1600 per month. 58,5% of the cyclists are male and 41,6% are female, most of them students, however the use of Bus+Bici for going to
work is now growing significantly.
Besides, the city of Seville has launched a central data base for registering bicycles extended to private owners in order to discourage robbery and encourage cycling. The system is based on a piece of metal identifier, stuck on the frame and displaying bar codes with appropriate details. Registration is free and on a voluntary basis.
In the metropolitan area, suburban trains can accommodate bicycles (usually one per platform) and under certain conditions some buses as well.
Updated : September 5, 2008