EVs, Tech & a Smart Mayor: Why Barcelona Rules

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Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/28/2014 4:27:10 PM
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Re: Zone 30
Ah interesting, Pablo... I would typically think of shared road space as a bad thing; however, that's because we're dealing with much wider roads in US cities than in Barcelona or elsewhere in Europe... so without a divider in the road, cars just swerve into bike lanes. However, if it's just one lane with no room for swerving in and out of cyclists, then I can see how that would work.

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
1/27/2014 8:09:32 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Another reason to visit
Wow! So many great things are happening in your City. It is great Mayor Trias is adding on the positive ness of the previous administration. His experience and contacts must help him get good ideas, develop a good implementation program and get the support to make them a reality! Thanks for sharing and congratulations!

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
1/27/2014 4:18:09 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Zone 30
@Nicole, we share the same road space. Zone 30 streets are usually one lane roads with maximum speed of 30 Km/h (18.5 mph) where cars and bikes share it. The city call them "pacified" streets.

Copenhagen and Amsterdam use a similar program in their city centers.

Cars can't overtake because there is no other lane. I'm using them almost every day when I go to our co-working office.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/27/2014 3:48:29 PM
User Rank Staff
Zone 30
"What this means for me as a citizen is that I can take one of the Bicing bike-share bicycles and go all the way from Gracia to the city center, sharing the same lanes as cars."

Hey Pablo, does this mean that cyclists and drivers are sharing the same road space, or that some road space has been sectioned off into bike lanes?

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
1/27/2014 11:59:48 AM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Bravo, Mayor Trias
Thank you Mary. What is interesting is that Trias held different positions on the Catalonian government, including Conseller in Cap (sort of Vice-President) and on the Spanish congress before running for mayor of Barcelona. He was also resposible for the current framework of the Catalonian public healthcare system.

That experience and his dedicated team of "regidors" is helping to develop and engage the innovative policies the city is enjoying.

But I have to dedicate a few words to previous city governments, mostly from the Catalonian Socialist Party (PSC), that set the framework for Barcelona's successful position today. It was during the previous administration that projects such as the 22@ district started.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/27/2014 10:23:22 AM
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Bravo, Mayor Trias
You highlight the keys to the success of Barcelona's mayor very well, Pablo. I think perhaps most important is the ability to get citizens behind doing things differently -- and the mayor helps this willingness by moving from one successful innovation to another.

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