In recent years cycling has entered the urban mobility agenda in many regions worldwide, demonstrating a growing policy and academic interest, pushed by a global commitment towards the transition to post-carbon societies.
The Portuguese government plans to invest 300 million euro by 2030 in the construction of new bike lanes, linking already existing ones, in order to encourage the use of bicycles at the expense of cars, as announced by the Minister of the Environment, Mr John Matos Fernandes.
The 27th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition taking place between 27 and 30 May 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal, is a premier global event for research and development on all aspects of this dynamic energy sector, attracting over 1 500 participants from more than 65 countries. It is a world class renowned science-to-science, business-to-business and science-to-industry platform with an absolute and exclusive focus on the global Biomass sector.
The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) has produced guidance to support the design and implementation of cycling projects in the Member States. This new guidance builds on the existing city and national-level information to provide a coherent and ‘universal’ set of guidelines that will be relevant to a range of different cities and environments.
The Portuguese Municipality of Braga has partnered with the Spanish City of Pontevedra in developing a Mobility and Traffic Management Study.
This study will be an instrument that will establish a global strategy for intervention in accessibility and mobility management, and will define a set of actions and measures that contribute to the implementation of a more sustainable model, focussing on economic development, greater social cohesion and ensuring environmental protection and energy efficiency.
The European Commission has recognised sustainable urban mobility planning as a core element of the European vision for Urban Mobility. As part of the effort to spread the message and increase uptake of this planning approach, Portugal has organised a special event which will run back-to-back with activities in European Mobility Week.
The Light Electric Vehicle Summit (LEVS) delivers a global forum, enabling the development of partnerships and knowledge sharing amongst industry experts in the LEV space.
The Summit will explore the following topics:
- LEV Infrastructure
- Research & Development
- Integration of LEVs into Urban Transport
- Legal Aspects
- State of the Art
- Challenges & Opportunities
The Summit will include presentations and dicussions on a variety of electric vehicles, from e-Bikes to electric wheelchairs.
A compact electric car rental service, using Birò vehicles, is being developed in the Portguese capital Lisbon. The Birò is a 100 % electric vehicle; it is very compact, quiet and has a removable lithium battery. It was created by a private Italian start-up, called Estrima, to respond to the problems of urban mobility and first arrived in the Portuguese capital in November 2017 to facilitate the movement of people living in Lisbon. Similar fleets exist in Milan and Amsterdam.
URBACT enables cities to work together to develop new and sustainable solutions to major urban challenges, through networking, sharing knowledge, and building capacities for urban practitioners. It is funded by the European Union Development Fund and EU Partner and Member States since 2002.
Europe’s cities are invited to come to Lisbon, Portugal on 13-14 September for the 2018 edition of the URBACT City Festival. Celebrating cities as actors of change in Europe, URBACT’s Festival is open to all EU city representatives.