In an attempt to encourage social use of public spaces, move away from ‘car hegemony’ and combat the city’s excessive pollution and noise levels, Barcelona has come up with a mobility plan to reduce traffic by 21%—the ‘superblock’.
Today, the Barcelona City Council announced that works to modify traffic flow in Poblenou—the first step towards delivering the city’s new ‘superblock’ urban plan—will get underway this weekend. From Monday 5th, privately owned vehicles will be allowed access to the superblock (made up of nine blocks), between Carrer de Badajoz, Pallars, Llacuna and Tànger, however the streets will no longer be used as thoroughfares. Vehicles driving within the superblock will have to turn at every interior junction and the speed limit will be reduced to just 10 kilometres per hour.
There will also be disruptions to the bus routes H14, 6, 40 and 42 as two stops within the ‘superblock’ are set to be removed and replaced by three others outside the area, on Carrer de Pujades and Carrer de Ávila.
From Monday, the Guàrdia Urbana will be monitoring the area to ensure there are no major disturbances or disruptions to movement, as well as a team of officers on the streets to advise people on alternative routes.