Valencia is to have its first “superblock”, which will be located at the crossroads of the streets Calle Palleter and Calle Calixto III, in the neighbourhood of La Petxina. This action forms part of the policy to give public spaces back to residents, with squares and parks offering a friendlier and more sustainable space.
This action is undertaken following in the footsteps of cities such as Barcelona, A Coruña and Vitoria (the first city in Spain to have a superblock and which led to its selection as European Green Capital) three towns that have seen the successful conversion of crossroads, colonized by vehicles, into new urban spaces where residents can live together.
Tactical planning interventions of this type unify the usual blocks into larger ones, of some 400 or 500 square metres, and redirect the traffic. Therefore, the centre of the block is freed for pedestrian areas, walkways within the block, bicycle lanes or loading and unloading zones.