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This Saturday, 1 February, we’re Opening up Streets!

30/01/2020 - 10:42 h

Climate emergency. Via Laietana and Carrer Gran de Gràcia are the first two streets taking part in the Open Streets project, an initiative to give the streets back to the people.

This 1 February, let’s open up the streets to the city’s residents with the Obrim Carrers [Open Streets] project! This Saturday afternoon, from 5 pm to 9 pm, we will be holding the first edition of the Open Streets event on Via Laietana and Carrer Gran de Gràcia, an initiative to give the streets back to the people that will take place on the first weekend of every month.

Traffic takes up a lot of the public space in cities. But what would happen if we replaced cars and motorbikes with people? In order to achieve this, the Obrim Carrers [Open Streets] projects aims to turn some of Barcelona’s main roads into pedestrian-only streets so that people can go for a walk, pursue activities or simply enjoy a street without noise, smoke and pollution on the first weekend of every month.

On 1 February, from 5 pm to 9 pm, we will open the following roads:

  • Via Laietana (between Plaça Urquinaona and Plaça d’Antonio López).
  • Carrer Gran de Gràcia (between Carrer de Nil Fabra and Plaça de Nicolás Salmerón).

The district of Gràcia has been opening Carrer Gran de Gràcia to pedestrians on the first Saturday of every month, for years. This initiative has always been well received by local residents, as it enables them to enjoy the local shops and public spaces without the pressure of traffic.

Via Laietana, on its part, has also become a pedestrian-only area for a Car-Free Day for the last two years. This experience will now be available on the first Saturday of every month. In addition, on this first occasion, anyone who goes there will have the chance to enjoy a variety of family activities.

The Open Streets project is one of the actions being pushed by Barcelona City Council to combat the Climate Emergency with the aim of gradually adding other streets to this initiative.

Further information: Obrim Carrers website