Low cost urbanism to transform Barcelona


Low cost urbanism to transform Barcelona


The municipality of Barcelona begins to apply the superblock project that will convert half of the city streets for pedestrians and which will meet its biggest challenge in the Eixample. 


The municipality of Barcelona will begin soon to transform the mobility of the Eixample with the deployment of the superblocks, kind of small cities within the city, which aims to free up space for citizens at the expense of the cars. The affected areas will be three counties and five districts, but the council is aware that the success or failure of the new design will largely depend on the impact it has on the Cerdà plan. The concept is about low cost planning – with a 10 million budget to begin the deployment – and high intensity to convert Barcelona into a city friendlier for residents and more attractive for knowledge-intensive companies, those that are making the new economy. 


The implementation will be divided in different stages. In a first phase, interventions will be basically roads and on paint and signs: speed limits will be changed as well as the traffic directions. The consequences of these previously mentioned actions on road traffic will be the definition of two types of streets: a basic network that will maintain its actual characteristics and another local network that will become only accessible to residents and in which vehicles will have to submit to the applications and the pedestrian rhythm. Concretely, the cars will lose surface in favor of non-motorized people. "We recover the public space that belongs to everyone and regain our status as citizens and not only mere pedestrians," says Janet Sanz, fourth mayor deputy and responsible for the areas of ecology, urbanism and mobility of the consistory.


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