Madrid's city hall on Friday approved new legislation to reduce the city's traffic speed limit on all one-lane and one-way streets to 30 kilometers an hour (18 miles per hour).

The decision forbids any type of vehicle from using sidewalks, giving complete priority to pedestrians and allowing electric scooters to circulate freely within the capital, save for bicycle lanes and pavements where cyclists and skaters must adjust their speed to that of pedestrians.

According to a statement released by Madrid's City Hall: "The new ruling seeks to improve road safety, citizenship's health, air quality, and advance the city's environmental and energy sustainability goals."

The legislation was passed during a City Hall plenary session with the supporting vote of the left-wing Ahora Madrid and the center-left Socialists.

The right-wing Popular Party and the center-right Ciudadanos voted against it.