The streets fill with life for Car Free Day

Car Free Day regains public space for local residents, with areas for people to gather and a hundred activities programmed in 76 city streets. Citizens are recommended to avoid using private vehicles and instead get around on foot, by bike or public transport, which will be laying on extra services to cover demand. The City Police will also be rolling out a special operation.

Sustainable and Safe Mobility Week ends on Friday 22 September with Car Free Day. Traffic restrictions will be in place around 76 secondary streets, with workshops, talks, bike rides, games and exhibitions, mostly organised by schools, facilities and entities. The aim is to show the benefits of a city with traffic calming in place and foster sustainable mobility, prioritising public transport and cycling as a means of getting around, particularly in Via Laietana and C/ Gran de Gràcia, which will both be operating traffic restrictions.

Because of this, the public are recommended to plan journeys, avoid using private vehicles and instead get around of foot, by bike or public transport, the latter offering extra services to satisfy demand. The metro network will have an extra train in circulation on the L1, L2, L3, L4 and L5 lines and extra staff will be working at the busiest stations. Traffic restrictions will also favour the circulation of buses. Some services will be diverted from their usual routes, particularly from 9 am to 9 pm.

In order to ensure the day goes smoothly the City Police will be running a special operation, with 23 coordinators and 181 helpers on the ground. A coordination centre will also be set up, with the City Police, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) and emergency teams from the City Council all participating.