Sanlúcar pedestrianisation


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Contact person(s) for Study Visit (Name, e-mail):



Name of the Measure:

Pedestrianisation of Saint Mary’s church environment


Type: (Autonomous or Part of an integrated action plan?)

Part of an integrated plan of municipality spaces pedestrianisation .


Topic addressed:

·      Transport mobility

·      Land use planning



Managing Organisation (if not project partner, please provide name of the organization and website):

Ayuntamiento de Sanlúcar la Mayor

Geographic Coverage (Country/Region):

Sanlúcar La Mayor – Seville – Andalusia-Spain

Starting Date and Expected Ending of the tool or measure:


Beneficiaries / Target Group:

Citizens of Sanlúcar la Mayor and visitors.

Rationale (starting point, challenge, objectives, initiator(s) and stakeholders involved):

Since the center of the city was declared as historical-artistic interest site in 2006, all the interventions at public spaces have been designed to improve the quality of inhabitants life specially with a careful design of the streets to favour reduced traffic and prioritise the pedestrian. With these objectives on mind, many streets where re-designed.

In 2013, the municipal council with the Department of Development and Housing of Junta de Andalucía Andalusian Government as stakeholder, decided to start the initiative “The Friendly City” with one principal objective: the pedestrianisation of the city center.

Financing (costs? regional/national/European public or private resources?):

European, regional and municipal public resources

Implementation Modality / Methodology:

The works where divided in two phases:

1º Preparatory works: this phase included all the administrative work as well as the design of the space by an architectural studio. It also included public information and a period of claims.

Infrastructural works: It was divided in two sub-phases. Firstly, the pedestrianisation of St Mary Square was done. After that, the pedestranisation of all the environment of the church was completed.

At the end, more of 2780 m² of new pedestrian space was obtained for the use of citizens. This space was completed with benches to seat, urban trees and new efficient street lighting, all designed to transform the new space in a meeting point for people, without traffic  and pollution.

Internal organization of the implementation of the measure / Administrative Work-Flow:

The implementation of the measure has been integrated in the Town Planning and Environment department of the municipality, with the supervision of the mayor and Plenary Session.

Performance Indicators (if applicable):





Two principal impacts have been detected: the decrease of traffic and pollution in all the area and the increase of the use of the space by citizens, visitors and leisure activities.

Strong features of the tool/measure:

– Improvement of the urban space.

– Decrease of traffic and its effects on the historical-artistic interest site.

– Improvement of the environment´s mobility.

– Generation of a new space for leisure activities.

Weak features and criticalities of the tool/measure:

– Great opposition to the measure by mostly of bussinessman of the zone and part of inhabitants.

– Problems with the administrative work-flow.


From the starting, did you apply any change in design and implementation? Any corrective action?

Yes. At first it was planned to install a children´s playground, but it was eliminated before the beginning of the works.

What are the lessons learned for your region? For other regions? What would be conditions for potential transfer?


What are the next steps/follow up actions? (if applicable):

New streets and places are going to be re-designed in order to improve the mobility of the city and to priorise the pedestrian.

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