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By News Editor / Updated: 26 Apr 2017

Call opened for demonstrations and sponsors for CIVITAS Forum Conference 2017


A call for sponsors and demonstrations has been opened for the next CIVITAS Forum Conference, which will take place from 27-29 September in Torres Vedras, Portugal.

The CIVITAS Forum is the flagship event of the CIVITAS Initiative, which has for 15 years supported cities with developing and implementing sustainable urban mobility measures. Each year the forum brings together hundreds of mobility experts, actors and stakeholders from across Europe.

By News Editor / Updated: 01 Mar 2017

Setúbal enters next SUMP development phase (Portugal)


Strategies, options and future solutions for the implementation of new projects and sustainable urban mobility measures are in the second phase of a plan under development for the municipality of Setúbal (Portugal).

The municipality is developing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) for a ten-year time horizon (i.e. until 2026) with the help of Portuguese mobility consultants TIS.pt, who presented the plan last week for municipal representatives.

By News Editor / Updated: 26 Apr 2017

CIVITAS Forum Conference 2017

This annual event brings together the CIVITAS community from across Europe: hundreds of mobility experts, actors and stakeholders, all of whom are devoted to the development of sustainable urban mobility in their cities.

The 15th edition of the CIVITAS Forum Conference will continue the tradition of offering state-of-the-art presentations, interactive workshops and sessions, interesting site visits, and new innovative elements in the programme.

By News Editor / Updated: 13 Dec 2016

Bragança to improve pedestrian accessibility (Portugal)


The municipality of Bragança is working on a mobility plan that will help pedestrians and people with reduced mobility walk around the city safely and more efficiently.

The programme, ‘Bragança Without Barriers’, is part of the municipality’s strategic urban development plan and, according to the mayor, will be fully implemented with the help of community funds by 2020.

The municipality is currently conducting a survey that will help it identify intervention needs, after which it will be able to provide investment estimates.

By News Editor / Updated: 20 Oct 2016

Lisbon to create urban mobility fund (Portugal)


Lisbon’s city council will create an urban mobility fund worth € 15 million to finance the management of urban roads.

Lisbon’s councilor responsible for finance, João Paulo Saraiva, made the announcement last week during a presentation of the Portuguese capital’s budget for 2017.

Carris, a public transport company in Lisbon that operates the city’s buses, trams and funiculars, will manage the urban mobility fund.

The city plans to raise the money through parking revenues, fines and vehicle excise duty.

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By News Editor / Updated: 30 Sep 2016

Global ecomobility forum tackles issues surrounding urban transport


A global forum on ecomobility took place in Almada (Portugal) on Friday where delegates heard creative and innovative solutions that could enable cities around the world to successfully respond to the mobility issues facing them.

Speakers at the ‘Global EcoMobility Forum: Reinventing Urban Mobility’ on 16 September included Konrad Otto-Zimmermann, the creative director of the Urban Idea and former secretary general of ICLEI, and Gil Peñalosa, founder and chair of the board of 8 80 Cities.

By News Editor / Updated: 02 Sep 2016

Vila Real university launches cycling initiative (Portugal)


The University of Tras-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD) in Vila Real is launching a government-led project to encourage its students to embrace cycling.

UTAD is introducing the U-Bike Portugal project, an initiative co-ordinated by Portugal’s Institute for Mobility and Transport.

U-Bike Portugal focuses on promoting cycling to youth groups, higher education students and the academic community in general.

By News Editor / Updated: 04 Aug 2016

Lisbon to double size of cycle network (Portugal)


The Portuguese capital of Lisbon is to increase its network of bicycle paths to accommodate the growing number of people cycling for transport and leisure.

There are currently 60 kilometres of bike paths in Lisbon, and by next summer the municipality expects the cycling network to have doubled in size.

Lusa João Camolas, a spokesperson for the municipality, said that more people are opting for cycling, as it is more practical, environmentally better, faster, and cheaper.

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By News Editor / Updated: 20 Jul 2016

Famalicão mayor pledges 'urban revolution' (Portugal)


The mayor of Vila Nova de Famalicão in Portugal has promised to use EU funds to progress with an ambitious urban development plan that includes investing in sustainable urban mobility measures.  

The municipality’s Strategic Plan for Urban Development, which looks forward to 2020, will use €17.5 million of EU funds to target three areas: urban regeneration, sustainable urban mobility and disadvantaged communities.

Mayor Paulo Cunha said that the town would undergo an ‘urban revolution’, covering the city centre, and the rail and bus station.

By News Editor / Updated: 05 Sep 2016

Developing a model to improve pedestrian infrastructure in Porto (Portugal)


Walking is beneficial on many fronts. It is healthy, saves money and, by people choosing to use their feet rather than motorised transport, lowers emissions. In Porto over recent years, people have moved from the city centre to the suburbs, a change which has also altered their travel behaviour. Where walking used to be an essential element of city life, now most people drive. To try and redress the balance, Porto developed a model to extract data that would help it increase walking, prevent urban sprawl, and create more liveable places for Porto residents.