Green Transport

In terms of eco-friendly transport initiatives, and reducing both emissions and consumption which go hand-in-hand with motor transport, many cities in Andalucia are encouraging people to get out of their cars and onto bicycles and public transport, by making both greener alternatives  easier and more available.

In Seville, for example, the Sevici system offers 250 docking stations around the city where you can take a bike and then drop it off again – and the first half-hour is free. An extensive 120km-network of cycle lanes around the city makes this healthy and emission-free form of transport easier, quicker and safer.

The new Metro system also encourages people to leave their cars behind when entering the city, although it only has one line currently, running from east to west, and there is even a short tram line (Metrocentro) as well, from San Bernardo to Plaza Nueva, with another planned section to Santa Justa train station.

Malaga also has a Metro system with two lines leading from the west and south-west to the centre.

Electric cars are now available in several cities in Spain (Project Movele) including Seville and Malaga. By 2014 it had been hoped that Spain´s roads would have an estimated 250,000 electric and hybrid cars, with the first Spanish electric car being launched by Renault in 2011 and the first industrial hybrid-electric vehicle in 2010. In 2014, a total of 1372 electric cars were sold in Spain, with the Nissan Leaf being the most popular model.