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Challenge / Goal

The districts of Puente de Vallecas and Villa de Vallecas consist of three isolated urban structures and lack a consistent pedestrian network linking the three structures. Barriers preventing this include railway lines and motorways. This is problematic for residents as the in-between area is where key facilities within the neighbourhood are located. Thus improving accessibility across the areas 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 necessary 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). These facilities were connected and made more accessible through a high-quality pedestrian corridor, 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.

Citizen participation

Both actions were done in cooperation with residents and local stakeholders, following a participatory approach.


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Time period

Implementation time: 6 months to 1 year


Madrid City Council

End users

All Citizens

    Main benefits

  • Increasing safety

  • Improving life quality

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