The Madrid City Council will pedestrianize 200,000 square meters of the city next month. The plan presented by the José Luis Martínez-Almeida corporation covers 21 streets in the 21 districts of the capital and includes roads as busy as Fuencarral -between Hernán Cortés and Barceló-, a section of Palma Street or Plaza de Olavide, all them in the heart of the city. With these actions, the Consistory has calculated that 40,000 vehicles will be eliminated a day from the affected areas.
The districts that will gain more space for pedestrians will be Barajas (68,491 m2), Chamberí (26,766 m2), Vicálvaro (24,221 m2), Centro (18,488 m2), Ciudad Lineal (14,058 m2) and Usera (8,080 m2). They are followed, from more to less square meters, Latina (6,601 m2); Moncloa-Aravaca (4,716 m2); Carabanchel (4,586 m2); San Blas-Canillejas (3,372 m2); Villa de Vallecas (3,360 m2); Moratalaz (3,039 m2); Hortaleza (2,762 m2); Arganzuela (2,326 m2); Retreat (2,325 m2); Salamanca (2,307 m2); Chamartín (2,029 m2); Tetouan (1,741 m2); Villaverde (1,483 m2); Fuencarral-El Pardo (1,412 m2), and Puente de Vallecas (1,276 m2).RELATED
According to calculations by the General Directorate of Infrastructure and Mobility Planning, dependent on the Environment and Mobility, Usera is the district where the most vehicles are going to be eliminated from the pedestrianized section, 6,500 vehicles a day. It is followed by Fuencarral, with 6,000 and Salamanca, with 3,500. Of the rest, the most local streets, the average is about 300 vehicles / day. “Most of the people do not live on Gran Vía or on Preciados street,” has defended Deputy Mayor Begoña Villacís. For the delegate of the Environment, Borja Carabante, the actions will involve a “radical transformation of the city.”
The government team ensures that pedestrianization will promote small businesses. An argument that contrasts with the criticisms of PP and Ciudadanos, now in the Palacio de Cibeles, of the previous corporation when it launched the Madrid Central low emissions zone. Both parties argued that the limitation of circulation would seriously damage the stores. The announced pedestrianization also “will improve access to schools and accessibility to historic centers” by “expanding the living spaces”, according to the City Council.
The act to present one of the City Council’s star measures has been marked by the absence of the mayor, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, whose attendance was originally planned. According to a municipal spokesman, he has “cold” symptoms and is awaiting tests. “I would not give it more importance. It happens with relative frequency. Many times I have asked him if he could go to an act that I could not go,” said the number two of the municipal government during the presentation.
The pedestrianization will be launched, for the moment, without carrying out works on the road, as has happened with the Puerta del Sol. The traffic cuts will take place between December and January 2021. Residents who have a garage on the affected roads may transit through them to park, Carabante has indicated. These are the streets included in the plan:
A part of Fuencarral street that is not yet pedestrian will be pedestrianized, between Hernán Cortés and Barceló; Palma Street between Corredera Alta de San Pablo and Fuencarral; San Vicente Ferrer street, between Corredera Alta de San Pablo and Fuencarral; Calle de Beneficencia, between Fuencarral and Mejía Lequerica; Santa Bárbara street, between San Ildefonso square and Fuencarral, and Santa Brígida street, between Fuencarral and Santa Águeda. In total, 1,447 meters of road traffic are eliminated, covering 18,488 square meters.
In the Chamberí district there is one of the largest areas of the plan: the Olavide square. Thus, an area of 26,776 meters will be created thanks to the cutting of 631 meters of road on Jordán streets, between Cardenal Cisneros and Olavide; Gonzalo de Córdoba street, between Cardenal Cisneros and Olavide; Palafox, between Olid and Olavide; Murillo, between Calle Quesada and Olavide; Santa Feliciana street, between Juan de Austria and Olavide, and Raimundo Lulio street, between Garcilaso and Olavide. The intervention in this square will provide residents with a large living area, where there is also a high presence of small businesses and restaurants, boosting their activity
Barajas is the district that will gain more space for pedestrians with the new performance. In total, it will have an area of 68,491 square meters with pedestrianization of 1,103 meters in five sections: the Plaza Mayor de Barajas; Camarillas and Cometa streets; the Jubilado square and the Mercurio square; Calle Acuario between Canal de Suez and Plaza de Barajas, and Avenida General, between Calle Saturno and the Plaza Mayor of the district run by Sofía Miranda.
The Vicálvaro district will expand the pedestrianization of its historic center by creating a zero emissions zone of 24,221 square meters thanks to the 1,117-meter pedestrianization of Avenida Real, Plaza de Don Antonio de Andrés and Plaza de las Mujeres. The space is surrounded by a senior center and educational centers.
The district will pedestrianize 640 meters from Calle Misterios, between José del Hierro and Juan Pérez Zúñiga, favoring an environment of 14,058 square meters of zero emissions zone where there are three educational centers.
Usera, with Loreto Sordo in front, will pedestrianize 740 linear meters of Dolores Barranco street, between Rafaela Ybarra avenue and Olvido street, allowing the creation of a zero-emission zone of 8,080 m2 with small shops and close to schools.
The district of Latina will have a “zero” surface of 6,601 square meters after the conversion of 343 meters of road into a pedestrian zone. It will be performed on Doña Urraca Street, between Caramuel and Saavedra Fajardo and Laín Calvo Street, from Doña Urraca to Paseo de Extremadura. The Huerta de San Juan square is added. This space will promote commercial activity. Within the environment there is a municipal market.
This district will eliminate 488 linear meters distributed between Avenida Osa Mayor, between Pleyades and Paseo de la Ermita and Calle Baja de la Iglesia until the intersection with Calle Olivo and Calle Osa Menor. A zero emissions area will be created with a surface area of 4,716 square meters with benefit for small businesses.
In Carabanchel, its commercial area on Laguna Street will be reactivated with the pedestrianization of this road from Calle de la Oca to Travesía del Pinzón. These 351 meters that are cut off to traffic will create a zero emissions surface of 45.86 square meters. It is an area with a large number of pedestrians due to all the small businesses in this area.
The 207 meters of road that runs between Boltaña Street, between Torre Arias and San Mariano Street, in the San Blas-Canillejas district, also directed by Martín Casariego, will be pedestrianized in 2021 and a 3,373-meter pedestrian area will be created. squares. Near this place are located a health center and two day centers, as well as numerous commercial premises.
Villa de Vallecas
The district pedestrianizes 370 linear meters of the Federico García Lorca promenade, enabling 3,360 square meters of surface for pedestrians in a space where there are numerous educational centers around and a center for the elderly.
Moratalaz will turn Oberón street between Mario Cabré and Mérida into a pedestrianized area. On both sides of this road there is an educational center and a sports facility. Thus, the environment will have 3,039 square meters of zero emissions zone.