A couple of weeks ago we looked at some of the plans Bucharest City Council has for the centre of the city, one of which was to make Calea Victoriei – Bucharest’s most famous street – a more friendly place for pedestrians. On Wednesday the council put a little more detail on those proposals and approved the a raft of measures which should do just that.
The announcement which grabbed most attention was the news that Piata Revolutiei (and neighbouring Piata George Enescu) will become pedestrian-only. Traffic which currently runs (one way) along Calea Victoriei beside the two squares (the red line on the map below) will be diverted along Stradas Stirbei Voda and Ion Campineanu (the blue line on the map below):
While we usually welcome any attempts to make Bucharest a more pedestrian-friendly place, as we pointed out a couple of weeks ago the current city council has a less than glowing record of creating welcoming pedestrian spaces. The concrete mess which is Piata Universitatii is evidence enough of that. Given that Piata Revolutiei is already something of a concrete-fest, broken up only by the statue of Carol I and the Revolution Monument, our hopes that the square will become a place residents of and visitors to Bucharest will want to spend time are not high.
It was also confirmed on Wednesday that traffic along some parts of northern Calea Victoriei will be reduced from three lanes to two, allowing for the pavement to be widened. (Indeed, in some cases, particularly next to the Casa Vernescu and the Muzeul Colectiilor de Arta, there is no pavement at all).
Being a contrary bunch we are keen to feature more Bucharest Walks in the guide: if you have any ideas at all about what might constitute a nice walk in Bucharest do get in touch.