Mikael Colville-Andersen is an expert in designing cities for bicycles, what he names “bycicle urbanism”. To him, it is so urgent to create a space for cycling in cities, that it has become a global movement. If pedestrians and cars have a designed network to move within the city, bikes need one too.
He argues that it is possible to take back the streets for transport in a democratic way. He has seen and proved it in Copenhaguen, where today 62% of its citizens’ cycle to work. Although it was not always like this in the Danish capital: Copenhaguen almost lost its bicycle culture in the 1950s and 1960s, but they brought it back and built it in the 70s and 80s. And so are doing right now cities such as Sevilla, Buenos Aires, or Detroit.
When Colville-Andersen refers to Barcelona he inevitably thinks about Ildefons Cerdà and his urbanistic plan for the city. What would he think if he saw what happened to the streets he designed? “Cerdà did not imagine cars in the city, we need to look at New Cerdaism, which means taking the layout of Barcelona as we know it, and take it back to what he wanted us to do it”, says Mikael Colville-Andersen.