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With the arrival of better weather, it is the perfect time to start with good and healthy practices that bring benefits to ourselves and the environment.  Why not take advantage of these circumstances to start enjoying the advantages of using alternative means of transport to the private vehicle?

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Motor vehicle traffic has been the leading source of pollution for many years now in cities, particularly with regard to pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and solid particles. In addition, it is the main source of noise. Promoting alternative power for vehicles, reducing their use, introducing new mobility management technologies or encouraging the use of more efficient means of transport are the main lines of action carried out in European cities that are committed to this cause.

” Following the report published by MMO, strategies for sustainable, safe and healthy mobility can be drawn up

The report which was published back in June 2016 by the Metropolitan Mobility Observatory (MMO), serves as the groundwork for drawing up strategies for sustainable, safe and healthy mobility . The report states that when it comes to work-related travel; cars and/or motorbikes account for 62%, while public transport use accounts for 14 %. However, for non-work related travel, non-motorized forms of transport account for 52 %, private cars 35% and public transport came last at 11%.

In this regard, Spain’s General State Budget for 2017 includes the provision of €50 million to support the financing of actions to further sustainable and efficient mobility.  This move represents approximately 0.6% of the government’s general budget for 2017.

” Let’s do our part to achieve more sustainable mobility with the better weather.

However, we all have a part to play in order to work towards this goal. Doing some type of sport or exerciseis recommended for all age groups in light of the multiple benefits it produces. It is a proven fact that regular and systematic physical exercise is essential for enjoying good physical health in addition to providing us with necessary habits for feeling good and improving the quality of life.

Even during inter-urban displacement, there are a number of alternatives open to us to get involved in some type of physical activity, among them we can highlight bike-riding , skating and walking. For longer journeys, we can use various means of transport which would allow a reduction of CO2 emissions compared to private vehicle use, such as taking public transport. In most European cities we find a variety of buses powered by renewables, subway systems and trams.

Elena de Andrés Zambrano

Elena de Andrés Zambrano. Coordinator of Integrated Management Systems at Simosa, Abengoa.

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