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Living Lab - Madrid

The city lab includes two south-eastern districts (Puente de Vallecas and Villa de Vallecas), with 328,000 inhabitants. In both districts the share of non- motorized trips is significantly lower (22% and 15%) than the city average (32%); in Puente de Vallecas the car share is 26%, and in Villa de Vallecas it reaches 38%, compared to a city average of 29%.

City Factfile

City area 605.77 km2
Population 3,141,991 (2014)
Population density 794 inh/km2
Climate Cold semi-arid climate with continental influences
Gender 53%/47% (F/M)
Life expectancy 84
Car ownership 457 cars / 1000 inhabitants
Accidents (2014)

25 deaths, 12,137 accidents

Elderly population


Madrid Today

Modal Share


2014; considering those 14 years old and above

     Non-motorised trips

     Public transport trips

     Private car trips





Improved conditions for sustainable mobility through:
  • Pilot parking with HOVs.
  • Increased safety for walking and cycling, with the involvement of residents for the consensual selection of measures.
The quality of public transport in the city lab will be improved:
  • Focus on the connectivity of the districts with other peripheral neighbourhoods:
  • Use of hybrid buses will serve to reduce perceived noise levels among public transport users.
Increased attractiveness for sustainable mobility in suburban districts.

Citizens' involvement will be encouraged:

  • Design and assessment of safety improvement options
  • Design of interventions encouraging cycling and walking.
  • Autonomous mobility for vulnerable groups (children and the elderly).
Clean and efficient urban logistics.
  • 50 tested e-vehicles in at least 5 companies dealing with urban distribution.
  • A consolidation centre linked to the use of electric vehicles, with 30% reduction of km-goods.
  • Ultra-low emission electric-natural gas distribution vehicle developed and tested.

Transport Infrastructure

Car network

Total city network: 3,000 km. 63% with AADT (Average Annual Daily Traffic) below 10,000 veh./day, carrying only 15% of total daily traffic demand.

The remaining 37% of the network with AADT above 10,000 veh/day, carrying 85% of total demand in veh-km.

Cycling network (2016 data)

Segregated ("vía ciclista"): 302 km

Non-segregated ("ciclocarril"): 155 km

Segregated under construction (operational by 31/12/2016): 31 km

Public transport network

Metro system: 293 km (about 30% outside the municipality boundaries).

Municipal bus system: 775 km, more than 200 lines.

Suburban railway: 370 network km providing service for 9 lines with a total of 537 km, 89 stations (34 stations within the municipality)


Madrid after ECCENTRIC

  • 6% reduction of car travel in Madrid, related to those using the new HOV parking management scheme

  • Achieve a modal share of 2% for bicycle trips in the lab area

  • Increasing the modal share for walking by 6% in the lab area

  • 10-30% decrease of average speed in living lab after safety plans implementation

  • 50% of reduction in accidents with injuries in the lab area.

  • 10% increase in commercial speed and 9% increase in regularity levels in the new high level of service PT corridor in Madrid living laboratory.

  • 30% reduced energy consumption and emissions via 6 hybrid buses in Madrid.

  • Noise reduction in High Quality Bus corridor with hybrid vehicles in Madrid.

  • 3 participated pedestrian interventions and 3 neighbourhood level traffic safety plans in Madrid.

  • 8% decrease in the number of children being driven by car to the school in Madrid laboratory area.

  • 20 electric vehicles introduced in Madrid’s municipal fleet

  • 50 tested e-vehicles: Use of a test fleet to commit at least 5 companies to incorporate 10 e-vehicles to its fleet in Madrid, and analyse their performance in urban distribution.

  • 30% reduction of km-goods, thanks to the implementation of a consolidation centre linked to the use of electric vehicles in Madrid.

  • At least two of the vehicles will be ready to be sold on the market by the end of the project.

  • Ultra low emission electric-natural gas distribution vehicle developed and tested in Madrid.

  • In Madrid, ECCENTRIC will drive the CO2 reduction foreseen in the Air Quality Plan, targeting 51,100 tonnes/year in the laboratory area, with an upscaling potential of 134,500 tonnes in the whole suburban area.