Scaffolding poles pollute Barcelona streets

Image copyright GABRIEL ROY/GMO Image caption The City of Barcelona said last month it was investigating The figures are illustrative, but people in Spain say they are concerned about the rise in the number…

Scaffolding poles pollute Barcelona streets

Image copyright GABRIEL ROY/GMO Image caption The City of Barcelona said last month it was investigating

The figures are illustrative, but people in Spain say they are concerned about the rise in the number of scaffolding poles blocking pedestrian crossings.

Some of the existing structures hide the navigation signals from people making it across the street, while new ones are being erected next to pedestrian crossings.

But in some cases they are almost invisible.

Image copyright GABRIEL ROY/GMO Image caption At times the scaffolding is almost invisible

A woman in Barcelona had no idea where to go. She needs to get to a medical appointment after stopping for a coffee, and the barista advises her to cross the road, but the road is barricaded by a wood, and when she turns, there is a gap, and people are going the other way.

Munich city authorities say that, while there is no formal policy against them, they are necessary to protect the pedestrians, and that they could be removed if this changes.

Image copyright GABRIEL ROY/GMO Image caption People say there is an increased demand for scaffolding poles

Image copyright GABRIEL ROY/GMO Image caption A new palm tree does not seem to be enough to hide the traffic lights

Image copyright GABRIEL ROY/GMO Image caption Muntjac deer sometimes inhabit the area

Sometimes, they are so wide and seemingly unmissable that they draw motorists in an attempt to avoid the traffic.

The Spanish health and environment minister Juan Carlos Galan recently ordered hundreds of government agencies and private companies to remove scaffolding that was erected without permission.

But in Barcelona, the figures are from the government and the people don’t appear to understand why it is not common sense for car and bus drivers to switch off their headlights to blend in.

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