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1 RUSE, Redirecting Urban Areas Development Towards Sustainable Energy Sustainable Mobility in Almada Carlos Sousa AGENEAL, Local Energy Management Agency of Almada Almada, 17th November 2005 Transport Sector Local Policies and Strategies for Sustainable Transport Low Energy Efficiency/High Energy Consumption Private Transport is predominant High GHG emissions Public transport Higher energy efficiency and environmental performance Soft transport modes Promotion of the bicycle as transport mode Almada s Cycling Plan New Technologies Lower environmental impact

2 How to reduce car dependence in urban mobility Local Policies and Strategies for Sustainable Transport and to shift journeys from private cars to more sustainable transport modes? Reduce: Congestion Energy consumption GHGs emissions Air Pollutant emissions Better public space Local Master Plan (getting in force in early 90 s) Local Policies and Strategies for Sustainable Transport Development of a better accessibility to town centres and to Lisbon based on Public Transport infrastructures Implementation of a Light Rail Network Local Agenda 21, Almada 21 (started in 1999) The Local Agenda 21 bridges the gap between planning instruments and energy and environmental issues, helping in the definition of sustainable policies for all sectors of activity Setting up a local energy management agency (1999) Energy programming and local strategy for climate change Sustainable mobility awareness (energy advice) Energy sustainable communities in redevelopment urban plans Municipal Cycle Plan

3 Local Policies and Strategies for Sustainable Transport Mobility Plan for the City of Almada Access 21 (started in 2001) Defines a strategy for the articulation between all transport modes in the City. It establishes new rules for private cars circulation in the City of Almada, restraining car use by giving priority to soft modes, pedestrianising a large part of the city centre. Introduce new pedestrian areas Define a new parking policy to regulate car parking Improve public space Create conditions for cycling Promote modal shift to public transport Promoting Sustainable Mobility on going programmes The new Light Rail Line, currently under construction, brought out the need to redefine the transport offer in the Municipality and served as a springboard for an urban requalification of the city centre. Based on the new light rail network, some structuring projects (cycling policies, etc.) are being developed based on a new transport policy aiming at the modal shift from private cars to public transport.

4 Promoting Sustainable Mobility on going programmes Some data about the new light rail: Three lines Linha 1 Cacilhas Corroios Linha 2 Pragal Corroios Linha 3 Universidade Cacilhas 20 stations Three interfaces with other modes of transport (boat, train, bus)

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9 Cycle Plan of Almada Promoting Sustainable Mobility on going programmes This plan will integrate all cycle lanes, existing or planned in several projects, in a true network that can be able to promote cycling for other purposes than leisure. AGENEAL is participating in this project, coordinated by the Municipality, together with a team of landscape architects, that will give preference to the use of green corridors for the implantation of the lanes. Promote the use of the bicycle to work Promote the use of the bicycle to the beaches especially during Summer Integrate all cycle lanes in a network Promote modal shift from the private vehicle for short journeys Promote new mobility schemes (bike and ride)

10 Energy Efficiency of Soft Transport Modes Energia nos Transportes Existing cycle paths in Almada

11 Projected cycle paths in Almada 0 3 % Optimal slope 3 5 % Acceptable slope (short distances)

12 The 5 Pillars of the Plan Network and infrastructure ALMADA CICLING PLAN Safety/Security Information, promotion Management Funding Network and infrastructure Cyclable Aptitude Continuity Municipal Ecological Structure Interconnection Intermodality Parking

13 Safety/Security User Bicycle Information, promotion Promotional Campaigns Work with Schools

14 Management Management system Bicycle circuit of Almada Other infrastructures

15 Promoting Sustainable Mobility on going programmes Following the policy defined for the transport sector, the Municipality of Almada is carrying out a series of actions to promote/disseminate sustainable mobility in Almada, with the participation of AGENEAL: Almada, Better without Cars Campaign (SAVE funded project) European Mobility Week/Car Free Day Step-by-Step Project (SAVE funded project) Eco-driving Training (drivers from different associates fleets) Promoting Sustainable Mobility on going programmes Campaign Almada, Better without Cars One day per week (Thursdays), drivers are voluntarily encouraged to leave their cars at home Direct benefits are: special public transport tickets with a reduced price on the campaign day, discounts in cultural and sporting activities and in several shops in Almada

16 Promoting Sustainable Mobility on going programmes AGENEAL also promotes the experiment and use of alternative fuels in transport to gain knowledge of these technologies: Natural Gas Vehicles The Municipality acquired a Fiat Multipla By-Power, based on an cost-benefit analysis made by AGENEAL Demonstration of electric mini-buses Circulation in an urban bus line in Almada as part of a demonstration action promoted by the Portuguese Association for Electric Vehicles Test the feasibility of using electricity in urban road transport Improve the quality of the service provided Promoting Sustainable Mobility on going programmes Promotion of alternative fuels in transport and Eco-driving Hybrid Vehicles The Municipal Councillors drive hybrid vehicles Toyota Prius Eco-driving Circulation in an urban bus line in Almada as part of a demonstration action promoted by the Portuguese Association for Electric Vehicles Test the feasibility of using electricity in urban road transport Improve the quality of the service provided

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18 Hybrid Fleet of the City of Almada Promoting Sustainable Mobility on going programmes

19 Promoting Sustainable Mobility on going programmes Travel Plans for Schools Reduce the environmental impact of the trips to and from School Improve the safety of the journeys Involve the local community Best pedestrian routes to the school Travel Plans for Schools

20 Traffic Calming Measures Travel Plans for Schools Traffic Calming Measures Travel Plans for Schools

21 Photovoltaic LED for the Pavement Travel Plans for Schools Photovoltaic warning of School approach Travel Plans for Schools

22 Anti-slide pavement before a pedestrian crossing Travel Plans for Schools Protection of pedestrian: Before Travel Plans for Schools

23 Protection of pedestrian: After! Travel Plans for Schools A better city for ALL!

24 Ongoing EU funded Projects - PIMMS, Partner Initiatives for the Development of Mobility Management Services EU Funded Projects - COMPETENCE, Strengthening the Knowledge of Local Management Agencies in the Transport Field - FEEDU, Persuasive Force of Children Through Education New EIE funded Projects for BELIEF, Project Building in Europe Local Intelligent Energy Forums Other EU Funded Projects - ECO N HOME or How to Reduce Energy Consumption in Households - SUGRE, Promoting Conversion/Sustainable Green Fleets - E-STREET, Intelligent Road and Streetlighting in Europe - MAX, Successful campaigning and mobility management strategies (6 th FP)

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