Pedestrians and public transport get priority in the new Via Laietana

The transformation of the Via Laietana will do away with two lanes of traffic to make way for wider pavements and more spaces for buses and bicycles. The project proposal, developed with local people, shopkeepers and organisations, will create more space for people to stroll in and encourage movement between adjacent neighbourhoods on foot.

13/02/2020 20:00 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

The remodelling project for Via Laietana turns an urban barrier centred on private vehicles into a thoroughfare where pedestrians and public transport get priority, with areas for public use, as well as less pollution and less noise.

The project will transform an area covering 42,000 square metres.

What will the new Via Laietana be like?

  • Pavement widths will be practically doubled, growing from 2.5 metres to 4.15 metres.
  • Bus lane: the street will have two bus and taxi lanes, one in each direction, next to the pavements. Vehicles belonging to local residents and shopkeepers will be able to circulate using the lane going in the direction of the mountains.
  • The central section of the street will get a segregated bike lane going in the direction of the mountains and a 30 km/h lane heading in the direction of the sea. Bicycles will have priority in this lane.

Moving between neighbourhoods on foot

The project also means creating new green spaces around the squares in the avenue and the main junctions, to encourage community life in the street.

Specifically, this work will focus on the junction with C/ Jonqueres, and in Pl. Antoni Maura, Pl. Àngel and Pl. Antonio López.

This work, together with the remodelling of pedestrian crossings and junctions already completed, will facilitate mobility on foot between the Gòtic neighbourhood and the adjacent neighbourhood of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera.

Work is due to start in the last quarter of 2021 and conclude in the middle of 2023.

 

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