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By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 11 Aug 2015

Portugal encourages public employees to cycle and share cars


The Portuguese government has launched a sustainable mobility programme for the public sector, aiming to save € 50m and reduce emissions from transport by 20 per cent over five years.

Public sector employees will be encouraged to make use of alternative means of getting to work such as by cycling or carpooling, as well as avoiding unnecessary journeys by using teleconferencing for meetings.

Reducing the size of public fleets and increasing the proportion of clean vehicles will also be a priority. Currently the Portuguese public sector owns almost 27 000 vehicles.

By News Editor / Updated: 28 Jul 2015

Águeda's e-bikes: promoting cycling and stimulating the local economy (Portugal)


BeÁgueda is an innovative electric bike-sharing project that started in the city of Águeda in 2011, providing the hilly city with a sustainable solution for cycling up and down steep terrain.  The electric bikes and related infrastructure were developed by companies in Águeda and were tested by locals. This helped stimulate the local economy and placed Águeda as an industry leader in the development of bicycle technology.

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 20 Jul 2015

Portuguese government car fleet to go electric


The Portuguese government is to begin switching the cars in its fleet to electric alternatives to reduce its carbon footprint and save money.

Artur Trindade, Portugal's Secretary of State for Energy, made the announcement in the Portuguese city of Torres Vedras, a winner of the inaugural European Green Leaf award.

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By News Editor / Updated: 04 Sep 2015

Integrating mobility in the Aveiro Region with a SUMP (Portugal)


In 2014 the Aveiro Region concluded the development of its Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, known as the Plano Intermunicipal de Mobilidade e Transportes da Região de Aveiro (PIMTRA)

The Aveiro Region hopes the PIMTRA – which is in the first steps of implementation -  will reduce the use of private transport and secure proper mobility for people, promote social inclusion, increase quality of urban life and preserve historical heritage.

By News Editor / Updated: 08 Jul 2015

Lisbon mobility project wins international transport award (Portugal)


A Lisbon mobility project has won an international award at the 2015 World Congress of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) in Milan (Italy). 

The ‘Let Us Move You’ project - organised by Lisbon’s transport operator, Trasportes de Lisboa, and metro company, Metropolitano de Lisboa - aims to increase the number of young adults using the metro for everyday journeys.

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 30 Jun 2015

Portuguese government subsidises public transport


The government of Portugal is making € 35 million available to subsidise public transport for people on lower incomes across the country.

Access to the scheme, called Social +, will be assessed on the grounds of household income and will come into force in August. It applies to all Portuguese cities and towns except those in the metropolitan areas of Lisbon and Porto, the two largest cities.

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By Admin Eltis / Updated: 28 May 2019
By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 29 May 2015

Lisbon invests € 3.2m in pedestrian safety (Portugal)


The Portuguese capital of Lisbon will invest a total of € 3.2m in improving the accessibility and safety of the city's pedestrian network over the next three years.

Actions include adapting pedestrian crossings and bus stops, repairing and resurfacing pavements and removing obstructions.

Traffic calming measures will also be introduced in the areas where pedestrian safety is poorest, according to municipal data.

By Mobility Plans ... / Updated: 02 Jul 2015

Seminar on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in Portugal

The European Platform on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in co-operation with the EU-funded CIVINET and ENDURANCE projects is organising a half-day seminar on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in Lisbon (Portugal).

This event targets Portuguese and Spanish national, regional and local stakeholders (cities) who are interested and/or involved in urban transport and mobility planning.

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 07 Apr 2015

Co-operation in Braga for more sustainable transport (Portugal)


A collaboration agreement on developing a more sustainable city has been signed between the Portuguese municipal government of Braga, the local public transport operator TUB and the University of Minho.

'Our ultimate goal is that Braga [becomes] a city where public transport is tailored to the needs of the population,' said Braga's Mayor, Ricardo Rio. 'As the owner of the public transport operator, the municipal government intends to grant it the necessary technical capacity, which this collaboration agreement provides.'