In recent years, Barcelona City Council has been committed to configuring a more sustainable city model, promoting travel on foot, by public transport or by bicycle. In this sense, the recently approved Urban Mobility Plan (PMU) 2024 establishes a series of actions aimed at achieving this challenge, among which is the 40% expansion of the city’s bike lane network.
Within this framework, the city council commissioned Landem to design a pilot test cycle lane on Ferran street, a route that, in addition to linking the Rambla with Plaça Sant Jaume, is one of the most emblematic of Ciutat Vella. Taking into account the unique characteristics of the street. The main objective of the pilot test is to generate a bidirectional axis for bicycles through a permeable bicycle lane, without lateral closures, enabling cross-sections and minimizing the effect on the existing paving stone to evaluate if the action is sufficient to order the coexistence between motorized vehicles. , bicycles and pedestrians.
Despite the fact that the scope of the project was the definition of the pilot test with a controlled cost, this action is proposed as a test to evaluate the feasibility of the bike lane typology. In the future, signaling is planned using cobblestone-shaped LED lighting pieces, simulating the pavement, and with intelligent signaling signs that facilitate coexistence between different users.