Barcelona’s first ‘superblock’ was launched in Poblenou on Monday and complaints have been flooding in as people are left confused and frustrated by the changes to traffic flow and bus routes in the area.
According to the new circulation model, the streets within the block can no longer be used as thoroughfares, and so far it has caused numerous complaints among disgruntled drivers who claim it has caused longer journey times, as well as having to take more complicated routes using narrower roads.
Meanwhile, Poblenou residents are unhappy with the changes to bus routes, with the bus stops being too far outside of the superblock, causing problems for the elderly, disabled and parents with young children.
The new mobility plan has also affected delivery drivers, making it more difficult for them to load and unload vehicles within the superblock. However Barcelona’s councillor for mobility, Mercedes Vidal, has responded by stating that drivers are able to use loading zones, and access businesses within the superblock.