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PARTICIPATING PROCESS “VIA LAIETANA A STREET FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD”

sevenapp | 19 March 2019

THE PROPOSAL OF THE TOWN HALL AND THE COMMUNICATED CONSULTANT, HAVE BEEN SATISFIED WITHOUT A POLITICAL OR VEINAL PREVIOUS CONSENT.

In response to the return session that took place yesterday on the participatory process “Via Laietana, a street for the neighborhood”, the president of the Neighborhood and Traders Association of Via Laietana, Mr. David González Deltell wants to communicate that he has Noting that the City Council has not responded to the proposals that have been raised from the Association with the support of the UPC.

The proposals of the City Council are totally skewed with great ideological nature, imposing the bicycle above pedestrian space, and they have not heard nor reached any consensus.

The City Council’s proposal aims to impose a segregated bike lane in the Via that limits the sidewalk space and jeopardizes pedestrians, since the bike lanes are located at the foot of the sidewalk. Therefore, the taxi and bus stops involve that the passengers have to raffle the bikes when going up and down the vehicles.

Our proposal, based on mobility studies and already implemented in other European cities, is a bicycle lane of climbing and descent shared with a private car with a limitation of 30km / h. And give priority to the width of the sidewalks of 4’25m, and to the public transport and taxi with its own lane on the sidewalk (with two ascent and two downhill). This proposal, gathered in the technical report carried out jointly with the UPC’s ETSAB, was not included even in the participatory process and therefore the real neighborhood support could not be measured.

The proposed 3.7m pavement council is ridiculous and is imposed by a segregated bike lane that leaves in second place mobility studies, other possible itineraries and options like the one we propose, of a 30km / h shared lane with private vehicle.

In addition, the City Council proposes to eliminate the turn to Antoni Maura, an aspect that we find indispensable for visitors and for the trade of Via Laietana and its surroundings. Private vehicle isolation will affect the center’s trade that will be affected.

That is why we want to express our total disagreement with these proposals that initially throughout the process have imposed the bicycle, have neglected other alternatives and have not allowed other proposals such as ours to be valued or studied by the rest of Participating neighbors and merchants.