Seville, Spain

  • Seville - The Copenhagenize Index
  • Seville - The Copenhagenize Index
  • Seville - The Copenhagenize Index
  • Seville - The Copenhagenize Index

Seville, Spain

10.The Lowdown
For a few years, Seville was the poster child of the bicycle urbanism world after boldly showing it was possible to slap bicycles back onto the urban landscape in a short amount of time. As legend would have it, the city went from 0.2% modal share for bikes to 7% in just a few years - made possible by intrepid political will, investment in a broad network of bicycle infrastructure, and a comprehensive bike share system. That foundation is still in place but Seville slips to a respectable tenth place from a lofty fourth. Simply because the status quo that seems to affect all manner of cities seems to have slowed the development pace. Shooting for 15% or more shouldn't be a problem and should be a priority. Seville is still interesting but by resting on their laurels they will lose important momentum and the world will seek out inspiration elsewhere. One positive note is that the region of Andalusia in which Seville is located is looking at copying the success and hopes to roll out an impressive regional network of cycling infrastructure for transport. Doesn't help Seville in this ranking though.

The Region
As far as the larger cities of the region go, Seville is clearly in a leadership position. No other Spanish or Portuguese cities are anywhere near replicating the city's successes. Farther up the line, Madrid remains one of the cities in Europe who is most uninterested in returning the bicycle as transport to its streets and (yet) it still occupies a place in the bottom third of the Index.

The Fixes
We are aware that local politics factor into the equation in Seville, like anywhere else. Cycling for transport should be a cross-party goal. Seville needs to make a clear plan for how they can take their hard work and push it forward. They need to regain momentum, stemming from political will and investment. Seville is in a position that cities around the world are begging for. Keep building, developing and investing. Don't be that city that did ‘something great’ once. Be the city that keeps doing great things.