Home / news / Barcelona’s car-free ‘superblocks’ could save hundreds of lives | Superblocks are groups of streets where traffic is reduced to close to zero, with the space formerly occupied by cars given over to pedestrians & play areas; study calculates that the city could prevent 667 premature deaths every year

Barcelona’s car-free ‘superblocks’ could save hundreds of lives | Superblocks are groups of streets where traffic is reduced to close to zero, with the space formerly occupied by cars given over to pedestrians & play areas; study calculates that the city could prevent 667 premature deaths every year

Barcelona’s car-free ‘superblocks’ may save a whole lot of lives | Superblocks are teams of streets the place visitors is diminished to shut to zero, with the house previously occupied by vehicles given over to pedestrians & play areas; examine calculates that the town may stop 667 untimely deaths yearly

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  1. I recently got an electric bike and found it be be faster than driving in morning commute. The only thing holding me back from using it more often is there are too many cars in the morning.

  2. God imagine what we could achieve if we put some real effort into urban planning. It’s incredible the power that space has over people, and we’ve completly ceded that space to cars, which are such an inefficient and ultimately harmful mode of transportation, at least when the idea is 1 car = 1 person. The research on the way urban design impacts human happiness is staggering and inarguable; we’ve made a huge mistake as a species and things like this are awesome to see but feel like a drop in a bucket. I hope it’s a drop in a pond instead, radiating outwards positive change.

  3. >The life expectancy of the average Barcelona resident could increase by almost 200 days, the report adds, saving the city €1.7bn (£1.52bn) a year. The most notable health benefits would come from reductions in air pollution (preventing 291 premature deaths a year), followed by reduced traffic noise and heat island effects (preventing 163 and 117 premature deaths respectively).
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    >The study also estimates that the total of 1.19m journeys in private vehicles would fall by 230,000 a week as people switched to public transport or making journeys on foot or by bicycle.

  4. [Vox’s David Roberts did a gorgeous five-part series on Barcelona superblocks](https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/4/9/18300797/barcelona-spain-superblocks-urban-plan), with tons of diagrams, photos, and video interviews. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

    Imagine if every kid in the city or the suburbs had a huge park in their backyard, in plain view of the windows of your home and every other home, so they’re never unsupervised.

    Imagine if every family in the city or the suburbs had a grocery store within comfortable walking distance. And a clothing store. And multiple restaurants.

    Imagine if buses ran so frequently that, unless you’re hauling heavy cargo, it’s faster to walk out your door, wait *at most* two minutes for a bus to come along, go however many blocks east or west, get off that bus, wait *at most* another two minutes for your north or south bus, and step off that bus at your destination. Imagine if taking the bus was *literally* faster than finding a parking space and walking from the parking space to the door.

    Imagine about a 75% reduction in traffic noise and about a 25% reduction in pollution.

    Now imagine that you can have all of that and it save you about 15% to maybe 25% of your average monthly expenses, so, effectively, you’d get about a 15% to 25% raise.

    Yes, it’s apartment/condo living, which means sometimes you hear a neighbor’s baby crying. Is that such a terrible price to pay for all of the above?

  5. Botoga, Colombia shuts down a bunch of streets every sunday so that people can bike, rollerblade, walk etc. It’s pretty cool. They also have fleets of hybrid taxis. Pretty cool place.

  6. Who knew that roads that prevent vehicle traffic see less pedestrian accidents.

  7. Lots of them in France, every major city and even smaller city start to have car free city centre. It’s great.

  8. Damn I wish they’d do this in Seattle.

  9. This is the best tl;dr I could make, [original](https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/sep/10/barcelonas-car-free-superblocks-could-save-hundreds-of-lives) reduced by 88%. (I’m a bot)
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    > Barcelona could save hundreds of lives and cut air pollution by a quarter if it fully implements its radical superblocks scheme to reduce traffic, a new report claims.

    > A study carried out by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health calculates that the city could prevent 667 premature deaths every year if it created all 503 superblocks envisaged in its initial plan – up from the current six schemes.

    > Mueller said Barcelona needs not just superblocks but other complementary strategies designed to improve air quality, promote physical activity and tackle climate change.

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  10. > study calculates that the city could prevent 667 premature deaths every year

    So they’ve created a greater evil.

  11. Lived in Barcelona for 1 year. I have no idea where this super block is. Can anyone pin point it to me?

  12. superblocks are great for the people that live nearby , but i haven’t seen anything that would benefit people coming from out of town. There are alot of places I can’t go in my city because there isn’t anywhere to park

  13. I do like this article and agree with it 100%. But what is premature death? You only die once and no one knows when thy time will be. So when you actually die that’s the time that was meant for you and that’s how you were meant to go out. IMO

  14. This is the stuff that needs to be emulated all over the world.

  15. this is kind of an altruistic idea, but what we really need is for 667 births to be prevented. this shit does not support itself

  16. One time we asked the parking attendant for directions. His name was Mondo. He said 4 blocks.

    Turns out they were gigantic blocks. They were mondo blocks.

  17. Omg I rather drive than take a bus somewhere lmfao bussing sucks so bad

  18. And nobody is home in time for dinner.

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