Secondly, it is vital to adapt the urban space for different uses. The new proposal needs to embrace the diversity of uses of the urban space and facilitate their harmonious coexistence. The 17 metre sidewalk is arranged in such a way that 6 metres are left free for pedestrian use while the remaining 11 metres beneath the tree-lined zone are dedicated to leisure (benches, children’s playgrounds and bar terraces). When traffic studies were undertaken they concluded that the original roadway was oversized. It has thus been possible to cut down the space for traffic flow and turn it into a traffic pacified zone. The reduction in the number of traffic lanes, the leisure areas beneath the trees and the creation of a separate bicycle lane are key elements in an urban redevelopment that prioritizes pedestrian usage without sacrificing traffic functionality.
Abajo derecha / Down right: Pavimentos mixtos en el ámbito arbolado / mixed surfaces in the areas planted with trees. Fotografía / Photography: ©Adrià Goula Abajo izquierda / Down left: La nueva sección boulevard es simétrica y amplia las actuales aceras de 12,5m a 17m de ancho, manteniendo los árboles centenarios existentes (plataneros) y acompañándolos con dos nuevas alineaciones de árboles / The new section of the avenue is symmetrical and expands the current sidewalks from 12.5 to 17 metres wide, conserving the existing plane trees (which are over one hundred years old) and supporting them with two new rows of trees.