46% of grass categorized as green area in the city of Alicante is located at roundabouts. This research discloses quantitative and qualitative data that reveal the social, economic, cultural and environmental deficit posed by roundabouts for the city of Alicante.
However, our research also discovers the potential of these roundabouts to become useful spaces capable of providing the city with multiple benefits. The analysis of the current public transport system reveals the potential of these spaces as intermodal nodes that would resolve the current lack of connection between the different means of public transport. Moreover, the very nature of the roundabout as connector of urban axes makes it a visual landmark in the city. On the other hand, Alicante roundabouts have two peculiarities that we find especially interesting. First, the roundabouts are linked to each other by boulevards with commercial premises on both sides, which is revealed as a characteristic scheme of the city. Second, these roundabout-boulevard axes tend to coincide with the boundaries between different neighborhoods. Nevertheless, despite the commercial and connecting potential of these axes, the research shows a less pleasant reality: currently 53% of the shops are empty, and the relationship between the neighborhoods is very weak.