Barcelona's New Superblocks Return Road Space to Pedestrians

By: Katherine Pendrill - May 24, 2016
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In an effort to turn itself into a more pedestrian-friendly city, Barcelona has begun installing a network of superblocks in its downtown core. Not only do the new city squares return road space to pedestrians, but they also help to combat some of the urban pollution caused by cars.

The superblocks consist of former roadways that have been transformed into a series if interconnected city squares. Pedestrians and cyclists are given priority in these areas, while those who live there are permitted to drive at slow speeds. Overall, the city plans to eliminate traffic from 60 percent of its roads in the coming years. As a representative from the city's environmental agency explains, "The superblocks are intended to put an end to the predominance of the car in the streets, taking away road space and returning it to pedestrians."

With benefits to both residents and the environment, the initiative demonstrates a unique solution to a series of pressing urban issues.