Barcelona closes 22 streets to traffic this Sunday due to the ‘cursa’ de la Mercè and the protest against the expansion of the airport

The popular race, the demonstration and the ‘Obrim Carrers’ initiative advise leaving the car at home and moving around by public transport

A total of 22 streets, avenues, promenades and squares of Barcelona will be closed to traffic this Sunday as a result of various activities planned throughout the day. Most of them, 19, will be out of service for private traffic on the occasion of the celebration of the Cursa de la Mercè 2011, whose first departure will take place at 8.30 am on Avenida de María Cristina.

Because of the anticovid measures, The Cursa de la Mercè is celebrated in this edition of 2021 with a different format. The total route, as on other occasions, is 10 kilometers long, but to avoid the crowding of runners, three different outings of 2,000 participants have been scheduled. The second will be at 8.37 am and the third at 8.45.

Races and protests

The roads affected by this competition will be, in addition to Avenida de María Cristina, Plaza de Espanya, Paral·lel, Calàbria, Gran Via, Plaza de Tetuán, Paseo de Sant Joan and Lluís Companys, Buenaventura Muñoz, Nàpols , Pujades, Ronda de Sant Pere, Plaza de Catalunya, Universitat, Sant Antoni, Sepúlveda, Viladomat and, again, Paral·lel, Plaza de Espanya and Maria Cristina as the finish line.

To this traffic interruption will be added from 12 noon the protest called in the street of Tarragona by various entities against the expansion of the Josep Tarradellas airport, even better known to all as El Prat, proposed by AENA and endorsed by the central government.

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Pedestrian streets

Finally this weekend they are pedestrian again, within the municipal campaign of ‘Obrim Carrers’, the axis of Carrer de Sants-Creu Coberta and Gran de Gràcia. In both cases, the passage of motorized vehicles (unless they are resident neighbors) is prohibited between 10 in the morning and 9 at night.

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