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City of Terrassa, Spain

Photo of city of Terrassa

Country: Spain


Number of inhabitants: 210,000
Area: 75 km²
Population density: 2860 inhabitants /km²

Baseline data

Terrassa is a city of 210,000 inhabitants. It is located 30 km from Barcelona, being the most important urban area of the Vallés sub-region and lies in the central area of the metropolitan region. It is also one of the most dynamic cities in terms of economic activity. Due to its territorial configuration and dimensions, the area is suitable to be covered by environmental friendly means of transport (on foot, by bicycle, etc.) and the implementation of attractive sustainable mobility policies is feasible.

Existing problems

To change mobility behaviour is not easy as there is a strong reluctance to accept car restrictions and other theoretically unpopular measures. The continuous increase of urban freight deliveries is another issue that needs the design of solutions to make them more efficient. Finally, noise and air pollution resulting from intensive traffic should be tackled through specific policies.

Existing strategies

The local council adopted the Urban Mobility Plan in 2001. Currently, a range of tasks have been initiated by the local authority in order to review and list the actions and policies undertaken in terms of mobility during this period. The existing SUMP is important since it constitutes the very first step to move towards a new sustainable mobility scenario. The plan was defined following a bottom-up approach, enjoying an active participation from several stakeholders. Thus, a set of proposals and guidelines were defined, covering many sectors: territory, economy, pedestrian mobility, bicycling, traffic, parking management, environment, public transport, etc.

Improvements through ADVANCE

The ADVANCE project would help the city to move in the right direction, following the advice and recommendations of well-recognised professionals working in other European cities.