Barcelona's Superblocks are drawing protests from car-loving residents

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Barcelona's Superblocks are drawing protests from car-loving residents

24/01/2017
Co.exist

The plan to lagerly eliminate car traffic from nine-block squares of the Spanish city means more pleasant local streets, but makes some car trips take longer. Not everyone is happy.

 

Barcelona's innovative Superblocks, perhaps the best urban traffic-reduction plan in recent years, are drawing criticism from regular citizens. Not surprisingly, the whiners are drivers, and their problem is that driving around their neighborhood streets has gotten a lot harder. Perhaps these folks don't understand the meaning of "traffic reduction".

 

The Superblocks exploit Barcelona's grid street plan, which covers much of the city, and is already one-way in most places. They take a nine-block square and reflow traffic within it. Cars can drive around the perimeter as usual, but if they enter the Superblock then they get looped back out on to the same street they came from.

 

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