The “CIVITAS Resilience” award aimed to recognise cities that have introduced (ad-hoc) bold and transformational measures due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, combined with a clear vision regarding the resilience and long-term sustainability of the adopted approach.
The city of Porto responded quickly to the challenges imposed by COVID-19, with some of the response measures implemented overnight, including mobility solutions such as Temporary Pedestrian Zones or an increase to the cycling infrastructure (around 34 km of new bike lanes, already in the implementation phase).
- Considering its size, the city has proposed broad and impressive measures in cooperation with the local economy and other stakeholders (e.g. parklets in parking spaces, with restaurants compensating outside their reduced capacity inside; streets closed to traffic on weekends, in some cases to get people to go outside their houses and enjoy their neighborhood safely, in other cases to get people to go out shopping and eating out again; physical activities on the pavement, like yoga classes, transitioning into regular programs).
- Introduction of e-scooters sharing system.