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Valencia Old Town zone to be humanized

An historic area in Valencia's Old Town around the Lonja Silk Exchange and the Central Market is to be "humanized" by banning most traffic, under new plans announced this month by the city council.

The project has been discussed with local residents and business owners and will be implemented at the end of this month. It means only residents, deliveries and public transport will have vehicle access to the zone and one of the traffic lanes will be closed completely, allowing more space for pedestrians and pavement cafés.

The move forms part of the new city council's plans to give those on foot greater priority in the Old Town area, which the council's urban mobility department says will "dignify and pacify this monumental setting".

Making the most of pedestrian zones

Since November 2015, the Plaza del Ayuntamiento square in front of City Hall has been closed to traffic on the last Sunday of every month. To make the most of the pedestrian zone the council also announced, this month, that an ecological market will be held there on the same days, bringing fresh Valencian produce closer to city residents and visitors.

The council said they want to make it easier for local farmers to bring their produce directly to market, increasing the sustainability of their farms and providing an outlet for high quality local-grown products.