Spain is planning a test of reserved lanes for motorbikes and scooters to see if it will bring down the toll of traffic injuries in the country, where 10% of all vehicles fall into that category.
The national traffic authority DGT has suggested a trial run in Barcelona, where motorbikes and motor scooters are almost as thick on the ground as bicycles in Amsterdam. Data indicates the size of the problem: 86.3% of those seriously injured in road accidents are motorcyclists.
DGT has signed an agreement with Barcelona's City Council to work on ways to solve the problem, with lanes set aside for the motorized two-wheelers as a leading possibility. If the idea works out, it could become the new norm in Barcelona and other Spanish cities.