Challenge / Goal
Two pilot actions were implemented to improve conditions for pedestrians in the car-oriented neighbouring districts of Puente de Vallecas and Villa de Vallecas. The area consists of three isolated urban structures and lacks a consistent pedestrian network linking the three structures, due to barriers, such as railway lines and motorways. This is problematic for residents as thein-between’ area is where key facilities within the neighbourhood are located, thus good accessibility (daily) is imperative.
In the short term, the measure will address resident demands for improving accessibility to currently isolated areas and facilities, in spite of their regular use. On a longer-term basis, the measure aims to contribute to shift the urban mobility patterns in the outskirts of the city towards more active and sustainable modes and to increase the perception of safety and security in these parts of the city. It will also improve the quality of public space, ensuring it is devoted to pedestrians and encourage social interaction between people.
The first pilot action implemented ‘Itinerario Miradores’ - a high-quality pedestrian corridor in Puente de Vallecas, connecting the major green areas in Puente de Vallecas, while improving north-south connectivity for pedestrians in the area. This action plan for a walkable district improved access to key facilities (a hospital, cultural centre and a sports facility), and connected them through a high-quality pedestrian axis, using physical design measures and new technology tools (e.g. smart signage). In particular, the plan provided more convenient access to the hospital to residents, crossing the current barrier created by a motorway. The high-quality pedestrian corridor addressed both pedestrians and cyclists.
The second pilot action transformed a disconnected and car-dominated area into a high-quality public space devoted to pedestrian and social life. This was addressed through the creation of an e-mobility centre and was coupled with a number of improvements in the pedestrian network in the vicinity of the e-mobility centre and in other streets within the city lab.
Both actions were done in cooperation with residents and local stakeholders, following a participatory approach.
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