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An Urban Planner’s Trick to Making Bikeable Cities

Barcelona, along with Lisbon and Paris, added miles of bike lanes to the streets during the pandemic to encourage more commuters to cycle

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Meet the Urban Planner Behind Barcelona’s Bike Revolution

When the citizens of Barcelona returned to the streets in mid-May after a 2-month lockdown, they discovered a changed city. Not only was it overgrown with plants and wildlife, but the streets had been transformed by 13 miles of bright yellow bike lanes painted over the old car lanes.

Adria Gomila, the chief of mobility services in Barcelona, is leading the metamorphosis. His team of 30 has turned Spain’s second-largest city into one of the most bike-friendly metropolises in southern Europe. The pandemic, though a tragedy, has also turned into an opportunity.