Local people took part in a celebration to inaugurate the recently completed second stage of the Sant Antoni superblock, which also now has data offering a positive balance: less air pollution, less noise, fewer cars and more life in the streets.
The Sant Antoni superblock, which includes the streets of Comte Borrell, Tamarit and Parlament, is breathing cleaner air.
Air pollution has been cut by a third in terms of the presence of NO2, with particulate matter (PM10) also down by 4%.
Traffic circulation is another aspect where there has been notable improvement. The volume of traffic in Carrer del Comte Borrell has been cut by 82%, with 6,000 fewer vehicles using the street (from 7,216 down to 1,266).
The increase in pedestrian use has also been considerable as there are now 28% more people walking, playing and taking part in other activities within the streets in the superblock. Noise pollution is also down, helping local people to get their rest.
The opening celebration for the last section of the Sant Antoni superblock, attended by the Deputy Mayor for Ecology, Urban Planning, Infrastructures and Mobility, Janet Sanz, was accompanied by a programme of activities and workshops aimed at local people.
Shops and businesses took their activity into the streets and offered workshops for young children and families on sustainable gardening, air quality and mobility. The traditional solidarity Christmas communal meal of escudella broth also took place, accompanied by a musical performance.