Analysis - The Streets of Spain
EKA 01 - 15 - 2010

Strolling along the sidewalks in Barcelona, we found ourselves walking in many parts of the street. Spain as well as most of Europe deals with many different types of transportation: bicycle, cars, buses, mopeds, and foot traffic, so each of the streets needs to accomodate all the forms. Based on the location within the city and the the popularity of each mode of transportation, the layout of the streets drastically changes to fit its needs. One of the popular streets in Spain is the La Rambla which focuses mainly on pedestrians. There are small sidewalks on the the edges near the buildings, one lane traffic, and the middle (the largest section) is used by shops and people. The center walkway is about 30-40 feet wide and allows people at any time of the day to walk up and down the street and experience a place that is uncrowded by vehicular traffic. Shops are set up along the edges of the center lane and help create a new atomsphere that better relates to the people. After observing as well as experiencing the La Rambla it was interesting to see how the focus of the street switched from cars to pedstrians but traffic is still able to successfully travel through. The street was a popular location and a "must see" of the city. This design allowed the side shops and resturants,and center businesses to be successful yet still creating a place for pedestrians and cars to travel through. Many of the other streets in Spain are similar to the second drawing. Since walking and biking are the most commonly used systems transportation the street is more accommidating to them. Like La Rambla there is a large center walkway and sideways near the building. The streets are wide and possibly include two lanes. The center walkway is wide and has lanes for pedestrians and bicycles. The multiple lanes allow for the two systems to flow efficiently and not interupt each other. The atomosphere created on this street is different from the La Rambla but still because of the wide walkways and vegetation it is very accomidating to people. Spain's street directly relate to the needs and transportation systems used by the people. In the diagram dark purple arrows represent bike traffic Red arrows are pedestrian traffic. Blue arrows are Vehicular traffic

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