The Community of Madrid registers more than 1,460 cyclists on the Metro network on World Bicycle Day

Passenger taking a bicycle in a Metro station
Bicycle racks are available for users at 8 stations on different lines. Yesterday, free access day, the time slot with the highest number of users was in the morning, with 475 people. Most used lines by cyclists were line 2 with 212 users throughout the day, followed by line 12 with 193 and line 5 with 191

Yesterday, World Bicycle Day, the Community of Madrid registered a total of 1,460 cyclists on the different Metro de Madrid lines, on a day when access was free for all those carrying a bicycle. Line 2 was the most used line with 212 users throughout the day, followed by line 12 with 193 and line 5 with 191.

In terms of time slots, the most used was in the morning, between 9.30 am and 1.30 pm, with 475 cyclists. The lines with the most cyclists at this time of day were line 9 with 88 people, line 12 with 74 and line 5 with 69. The second most used time slot was in the afternoon between 5.30 pm and 9.30 pm with 427 cyclists. However, at this time of day, the lines that received the most bicycles were line 2 with 81 users, line 1 with 65 and then line 5 with 49 users.

According to Metro data, cyclists most frequently use the stations of Lago, Príncipe Pío, El Casar, Príncipe de Vergara, Sol, Juan de la Cierva, Tribunal, Oporto, Plaza de España and Cuatro Caminos for their trips. The times chosen are usually around 10 am, 4 pm and especially 9 pm, while the most frequently used lines are 10, 12 and 3.

Metro reminds users that it is possible to travel with bicycles on trains, but always bearing in mind a number of rules that can be checked on the underground's website (www.metromadrid.es). In general, access by bicycle is possible on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays during all service hours on the entire network. However, on working days, on the rest of the lines, except for lines 8, 11, 12 and Metro Ligero 1 and some stations on other lines where there are no time restrictions, access is not possible from 7.30 am to 9.30 am, from 2 pm to 4 pm and from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Only one bicycle may be carried per passenger and train trips must be made with a maximum of two bicycles in the lead carriage and two in the trailing carriage. In trains equipped with spaces reserved for bicycles, they shall be placed in these spaces.

In addition, passengers with bikes may carry them on escalators, moving walkways and lifts, provided that the level of occupancy of these facilities makes it possible and that other people are not inconvenienced. Bicycles may not be ridden inside the stations.

Metro has 8 bicycle racks at Rivas Futura, La Peseta, Arganzuela Planetario, Nuevos Ministerios, Colonia Jardín, Puerta del Sur, Fuente de la Mora and Chamartín stations. These sites are part of the Community of Madrid's REB Plan (Red de Estacionamientos para Bicicletas, Bicycle Parking Network), which aims to promote sustainable mobility, coordinating the healthy and ecological use of bicycles with the efficiency of public transport.

GREEN ROADS

In addition to promoting the use of bicycles by installing more bicycle racks, Metro de Madrid collaborates with the Regional Transport Consortium in the development of the Green Routes programme, which has been in existence for over a decade. There are 47 routes, totalling almost 800 kilometres and running through more than 30 municipalities in the region. All these routes have been designed to be enjoyed by walkers, runners and cyclists of all ages and levels.

These routes have the particularity that they always start and end at a node of the public transport network. The goal of this initiative is to encourage people to walk or cycle through the natural areas and parks of the Madrid Region, starting from public transport stations.

They have different difficulties, although most of them are easy or moderate, except for the aforementioned 'Ruta Verde Camino de Santiago-Madrid-Segovia' which, at 103 kilometres, requires a little more preparation depending on the number of kilometres you want to cover per day. By clicking on this link you will find all the routes, as well as the necessary information about each one of them. In addition, you can download each route in PDF format and even in KML format for use on your mobile device.