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Think beyond the grid: Superblocks (Vitoria-Gasteiz)

Watch highlights from a visit to ICLEI Member Vitoria-Gasteiz (Basque country) to learn about its successful implementation of ‘superblocks’ and how the city has used these areas to foster sustainable urban mobility.

As part of Vitoria-Gasteiz's Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, the city developed an approach for redesigning neighbourhoods in line with the ‘superblock’ concept. A superblock is an innovation that reorganises urban space to support low-carbon mobility practices. In Vitoria-Gasteiz, private cars and various forms of public transportation are kept out of these blocks, and inner streets are redesigned to be pedestrian- and bike-friendly.

Vitoria-Gasteiz recently shared its successful use of superblocks with other European cities as part of the ‘SMARTEES’ project – a research project that aims to support cities’ energy transitions and improve policy design by examining five types of energy- and mobility-related local social innovations.

Gain insights from the visit in this SMARTEES video.