New safe walking routes for weekends and public holidays

More public space is to be reserved for daytime use by pedestrians in seven large spaces at weekends and on public holidays, the days when we take to the streets the most. Measures have been applied during the Covid-19 crisis to free up over 500,000 square metres of public space, enabling people to walk and do sport with enough room to maintain safety distances.

22/05/2020 12:42 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

Traffic restrictions will apply from 9 am to 9 pm at weekends and on public holidays as from this weekend. The extra space includes 12 km of streets and 376 hectares of around the mountain of Montjuïc.

  • Creu Coberta – Sants
  • Via Laietana
  • Gran de Gràcia
  • Avinguda del Litoral
  • Passeig de Fabra i Puig – Onze de Setembre
  • Pi i Maragall – Passeig de Sant Joan
  • Montjuïc

The setting aside of space for pedestrian use will last five weeks, until the lockdown exit process for Covid-19 ends. The sections reserved come in addition to the 20.3 km of temporary safe routes already implemented in the city.

Over 500,000 square metres for pedestrians

Besides the temporary safe routes, permanent measures are also being implemented to increase pedestrian space.

  • Via Laietana: widening of pavements to 4.15 metres.
  • Gran Via and Diagonal: partial reserve of side lanes for pedestrians.
  • Consell de Cent, Rocafort and Girona: widening of pavements and reduction of traffic to a single lane with a 30 km/h speed limit.
  • Pavements cleared of motorcycles.

What are safe routes?

Safe routes are pedestrian itineraries through streets, squares and parks which guarantee a width of at least four metres and facilitate access to facilities such as markets and medical centres, as well as connecting neighbourhoods internally.