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Challenge / Goal

With 152,485 inhabitants, Logroño is the capital of the province of La Rioja, situated in northern Spain. Active mobility modes (walking and cycling) currently represent more than 60% of Logroño’s daily commutes. With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the local authorities grew concerned about the lack of social distancing among its residents while transiting the streets. Due to the size and compactness of the city and the weight of public transport journeys, the most important asset for establishing safe interpersonal distances in mobility in Logroño was to facilitate active mobility by offering better public space conditions. The Open Streets project would, therefore, introduce measures that improve the comfort and safety conditions (road and health) of people walking and cycling.


Logroño City Council implemented light reversible interventions to reduce the COVID-19 virus transmission, ensure a sustainable and safe mobility, and to provide accessible mobility to all. 

Interventions to street infrastructure:

  1. - Exclusive pedestrian strips
  2. - Dedicated cycle lanes with allowed counterflow
  3. - Shared pedestrian/cyclist lanes
  4. - Shared carriageways between bicycles and motor vehicles
  5. - Pedestrian priority carriageways (shared with vehicles in general)

Interventions on pedestrian street usage:

  1. - Closure or restricted access of streets near local residential (schools, parks) or commercial areas, where there is usually no through traffic and few entrances to garages.
  2. - Residential streets with pedestrian priority and 20 km/h speed limit
  3. - Streets with pedestrian priority and a 30 km/h speed limit
  4. - Widening of sidewalks to achieve a 3 m width


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Time period

Planning time: 6 months to 1 year

Implementation time: Less than 6 months


Logroño City Council

Service providers

Logroño City Council

End users

Residents and visitors

    Main benefits

  • Promoting sustainable behavior

  • Improving travel safety

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