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The Superblock idea originated in Spain. A number of smaller blocks are grouped together to create larger organised blocks where peripheral roads are open to motorised traffic as usual, but interior roads are only open to residents vehicles, public transport, emergency vehicles and in some streets, bicycles. In this way the inner streets, unnecessary car access is removed, leading to traffic calmed areas. As a result, these areas can provide for other uses which encourage social cohesion and economic development and are returned to the inhabitants. The process of stakeholder participation is used in the planning and design of these areas to ensure that solutions are developed and implemented according to the needs of the residents. Check out these links to find out more:

Superblocks: How Barcelona is taking city streets back from cars

Inside Barcelona’s Superblocks, A Future Where Pedestrians Rule Car-Free Streets | Mach | NBC News

Barcelona Superblocks: Change the Grid, Change your Neighborhood

Image Source: Ajuntament de Barcelona,