The Barcelona City Council has announced a new package of bike lanes that will expand the city’s network by 13%, from the current almost 240 kilometers that can be cycled to 272. Among the planned actions, there are long demands from users, such as the Via Augusta, Joan de Borbó, part of the Ronda Sant Pere or a connection in several directions in Plaza Catalunya.
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In total, the intention of the council is to invest 30.8 million euros in works that also include lowering several lanes from the sidewalks to the road, and that will be undertaken between 2021 and 2023. The Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning, Janet Sanz, he has once again put his chest out of moving towards a “cyclable city” and recalled that the Comuns came to the government with less than 120 kilometers of lanes and have more than doubled them. But at the same time, it should be remembered that the city’s Urban Mobility Plan sets a horizon of 90 more kilometers of lanes for 2024, while the committed package is 32.6 for 2023.
The new actions come after an increase in the use of bicycles in the city after the pandemic, 22% more specifically. “This translates into a more consolidated demand for cycling infrastructure”, stated Sanz.
One of the main novelties of this plan for the second section of the mandate is that it will have a significant impact on mountain neighborhoods, historically worse connected to the rest of the bike lane network. The aforementioned section of Via Augusta (between Laforja and Bonanova), Paseo Maragall (from Plaça Maragall to Castillejos, connecting through Rosselló), Fabra i Puig (between Meridiana and Virrei Amat), Ronda Guinardó (new section between Vinyals and Cartagena stand out here) ) and Avenida Vallcarca (from Plaza Lesseps to the viaduct).
As for the rest, the incorporation of a segregated bi-directional lane in Joan de Borbó stands out, to connect Via Laietana with the sea, which will also have a bicycle path when it completes its reform. Kilometers are also added to the Eixample plot with a lane on Mallorca Street that will go from end to end of the district, from Clot to Tarragona, and itineraries are added on Avenida Roma (between Tarragona and València), Manso (between Ronda Sant Pau and Paral·lel), Ronda Sant Pere (between Girona and Roger de Llúria), Travessera de Les Corts (between Numància and Joan Güell) or the streets Independència and Badajoz from Sant Antoni Maria Claret to the sea.
The mayor of Mobility, Laia Bonet, who opens in office this beginning of the course to replace Rosa Alarcón, also wanted to emphasize that the actions should be aimed at improving the “coexistence” of bikes with pedestrians. On this line, lanes that were still on the sidewalks will continue to descend to the road. This is the case of Gran Via (between Plazas Espanya and Cerdà and between Pau Claris and Marina) and several sections of Avenida Diagonal.