Ada Colau wanted to get her chest out this Monday about the traffic calming works that are underway in the city and has announced that, if she wins, they will make new pedestrianizations in the neighborhoods. The mayoress and leader of Barcelona en Comú has promised to extend the superblock model to the ten districts: “Everyone will have a green axis nearby and it will be a public space that can be enjoyed”-
Barcelona brings together a dozen large cities in favor of pedestrians gaining public space
The candidate has mentioned 20 new green axes, although she has clarified that most are already under construction or already have the project approved. This is the case of streets such as Via Laietana, Pi i Maragall, Ronda Sant Antoni or Diagonal, which in one of its sections is being remodeled to integrate the tram.
Of the green axes that had not yet been announced and with which Colau wanted to commit this Monday, six stand out. Calle de Sants and Creu Coberta, Avenida Madrid, Via Júlia, Pintor Alsamora, Cantàbria-Santander and the Ciutat Vella ring roads. What has not been specified is whether they will be total pedestrianization of the roads or if there will be reductions in any lane of traffic.
With these proposals, Colau attempts to respond to those who have accused her of to have dedicated only to the Eixample, the one that concentrates the largest pedestrianizations this mandate, and is also reaffirmed in the model of reducing space for the car and giving it to the pedestrian. In total, yes, they ensure that with these twenty transformations the city will gain up to 12,000 trees.
The mayoress has also set the example, she has cited Plaza Sóller, where the event was held, a space transformed during the last term and is today a place “with a lot of neighborhood life and a pleasant environment.” Colau has justified that emphasis has been placed on the Eixample Superblock because it is the place through which most cars in the city pass and traffic had to be reduced “significantly”.
As explained by Janet Sanz, the specific proposal for each street will be adapted to the territory, since not all streets are the same nor is there a “closed” recipe. Of course, the common idea is the philosophy of the Barcelona Superblock project and a commitment to making ‘green axes’.
The press conference was attended by prominent Barcelona architects such as Vicent Guallart, among the public, or the municipal chief architect Xavier Matilla. On the other hand, the architect Juli Capella, the geographer Oriol Nel·lo and the architect Carme Pinós.