Work has started to adapt city streets so that journeys on foot, on public transport and by bicycle are safer and more sustainable, using the lockdown exit as a starting point. Initial measures include priority for pedestrians in C/ Consell de Cent, the segregation of bus lanes and the creation of a new bike corridors.
Extra space is being created for pedestrians in C/ Consell de Cent, between C/ Comte d’Urgell and Passeig de Gràcia.
The work involves widening the pavement by four metres (using part of the road surface, delimited with lines painted on the ground) and reducing traffic to just one 30 km/h lane.
The work will take ten days.
Towards a more efficient bus service
The physical segregation of bus lanes will prevent encroachment by other vehicles and help buses to circulate easily.
Separations will be installed in the coming days in Pla de Palau with Av. Marquès de l’Argentera, and in Passeig de Gràcia, between C/ Roselló and Av. Diagonal.
Improvements will also be made to bus lanes in Via Favència, C/ Balmes and C/ Espronceda.
Safety distances for bikes too
New pedalable corridors will enable cyclists to maintain safety distances. Specifically, a traffic lane will be reserved for bicycles to use.
- C/ València, between Av. Roma and Av. Diagonal.
- C/ Pau Claris, between Av. Diagonal and Pl. Urquinaona.
- C/ Roger de Llúria.
The rest of the measures set out in the plan to adapt public space will be executed in May. The plan is set to generate an additional 30,000 square metres of pedestrian space, make 17 improvements to bus lanes and create 21 kilometres of cycling corridors.