The progressive stages for lockdown exit require the reinforcement of every neighbourhood’s safe route network where people can walk and exercise individually, always respecting the minimum distance of two metres from other people as recommended by the health authorities.
The routes, which must have a clearance of at least four metres, include streets with pavements of more than four metres in width, streets of more than four metres in width with priority for pedestrians, squares and promenades.
In order to expand the safe route network, Barcelona City Council is closing 60 streets to through traffic (updated 12th June), which will result in an additional 21,3 kilometres and 85,300 square metres in total for pedestrians. The closures will take place every day from 9 am to 9 pm and will be marked with signposted metal fences located at the start and end of each street and at each crossing. Emergency vehicles, loading and unloading services and residents will be allowed access.
When choosing the streets, priority has been given to those neighbourhoods which have the fewest spaces for walking safely in the current circumstances: those without direct access to large open spaces – such as Collserola, Montjuïc, the seafront or El Besòs River Park– and those with a very dense population and a lack of open spaces.
The streets that have been chosen are not part of the main traffic network, and no buses use them. Furthermore, we have chosen roads that are connected to the existing network of safe streets and that complement routes to facilities such as markets, primary healthcare centres and parks, among others, that will start opening this Friday. Whether the streets intersect perpendicularly in a specific or central part of the neighbourhood has also been taken into account.
These streets join the 785.8 linear kilometres already forming part of Barcelona's safe route network. They account for 52% of all roads in the city.
See the map.
Summary of streets closed to traffic