Salvador Rueda will include again superblocks in mobility plan

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Salvador Rueda will include again superblocks in mobility plan

16/07/2017
A Coruña
El Ideal Gallego

To end one of the major problems of the city, mobility, the City Council recently announced that it would hire a world expert: Salvador Rueda, director of the Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona, which already in 2011 signed a mobility plan during the bipartite of Javier Losada. Then, he presented a plan based on the concept of superoblock, an urban cell of an average of 400 x 400 meters whose streets would not allow access to road traffic, which would be limited to large arteries. "Obviously the superblock will reappear in the plan," promised Rueda.

 

The expert avoided going into details because, as he clarified, "the contract has not yet been signed, and until then I am not who to say anything". However, he said that six years is not few time to make a new mobility plan. "Of course there are things that may have changed, but first I would like to study it," he said. It should be noted that, since Rueda visited the city, new and important roads have been opened, such as the Third Round on the periphery or the La Marina tunnel in the center: "I would like to know the dimension of each thing, because it may be important. I have to know what the flows of circulation are", he says.

 

But, aside from the occasional changes, superblocks will remain. And they will do it, because, as Rueda says, they work: they are endorsed by experiences in cities such as Barcelona or Vitoria, where their projects were responsible for the overturn in understanding the mobility of both cities. But not in A Coruña, where it never came to be applied. "It was because of a lack of political will. The previous government (the Popular Party) said that the project was a damp paper," Rueda recalls.

 

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