Barcelona improves urban living

Barcelona improves urban living

I felt very satisfied with the convenience the public bike provides; easy, green and fun to use, and ready available all over the city!

Barcelona not only wants to be independent from Spain, the city also plans actions to improve the life of their citizens. 

Less traffic, less inconvenience from the millions of visitors and eco-friendly traffic. These are a few of the actions, the city focusses on to improve urban life.

Barcelona wants to decrease the emissions by:

  • reorganizing the city’s network of gridded roads into car-free superblocks
  • relegating traffic to large boundary roads
  • returning the use of smaller streets to pedestrians and leisure services
  • (electric) bike program
  • 300 free charging points for electric cars
  • fully electric taxi’s and buses

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The bridge has had a makeover with photocatalytic concrete, which purifies the air.

The city is redesigning buildings and infrastructural projects in order to transform the city to an adaptive, climate proof city.

Streets and parks are getting greener, green roofs are stimulated and a great example of a carbon eating bridge is the Sarajevo Bridge.




Barcelona is creating a 21-century city

The most profound initiative for a sustainable city is nearly invisible – the hundreds of kilometres of high-speed internet cables that weave through Spain’s most connected cities.

Barcelona has long been ranked as one of the world’s smartest cities, with a sophisticated urban network of sensors that monitor street lighting, traffic and waste, and provide free public Wi-Fi, saving municipal funds and enhancing quality of life for their residents.

“Spain is at the forefront of new technologies, with a history of investment in research and development,” Galindo says. Barcelona’s investment into R&D amounts to nearly a quarter of the national R&D expenditure.

Technology hubs in Barcelona are increasingly built in city limits rather than on the outskirts, fostering innovation in close, rich communities.

Data improves quality of life

As millions more people are projected to move into cities, data-driven urban networks have the potential to improve the quality of life for citizens, by enabling civic transparency, reducing pollution and congestion, and making urban maintenance more efficient.

In the smart cities of the future, urban data from transport information to city hall records would be easily accessed by citizens, while sensors in roads would be able communicate with smart cars, smartphones and transport hubs, paving the way for a city that can not only maintain itself, but streamline the flow of traffic and pedestrians, making urban life smoother, more efficient, and more enjoyable.

Barcelona has big plans; the challenge is now to turn them into a smart and sustainable reality.


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