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Mobility Measure

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Improve bus stop accessibility

Implementing sustainable mobility

There is a recognised need to increase attractiveness, safety traveling and accessibility for tourists, disabled people and public transport users makes this measure relevant. Within this measure, several actions will be carried on to remove urban obstacles in areas entirely reserved for pedestrian use. Public transport stops will be also focused in which several interventions will be undertaken to make them more accessible for tourists. In addition, visually impaired people mobility needs will be also taken in account.

Objectives

The goals are the following:

  • Improve urban accessibility and mobility;
  • Enhance safety and security in urban areas including public transport;
  • Create more attractive destinations for tourists.
  • Improve the pedestrian, cycling accessibility through the implementation of several actions;
  • Identify a pilot-area to remove barriers for people with reduced mobility;
  • Improve the public transport accessibility in bus stops, especially for tourists and visually impaired people;
  • Implement a more efficient public lighting system in order to improve safety and security.

How will this be achieved?

The main planned actions are:

  • Data collection for the ex-ante evaluation (already completed)
  • Definition of strategies to improve the accessibilities near public transport stops, active modes promotion, including people with both physical and sensorial disabilities (already completed)
  • Drafting of a urban renovation plan that comprises of the issues found at a safety level and definition of strategies (completion stage)
  • Identification of solutions geared at smart lighting (completed)
  • Promotion of soft modes and public involvement through the handout of awareness material related to the importance of walking, public transport use and cycling (Successfully carried on within the Mobility Week ’17, with the support of OGS)
  • Planning of activities to foster sustainable mobility for the upcoming Mobility Week ’18 (underway)
  • Reinforcement of goals through applications to find other source of funding (pedestrianization and improvement of pedestrian mobility in the city core) (completed and waiting approval)
  • Drafting of the tendering process to purchase the smart lighting equipment (planning stage)
  • Application for National Tourism entity for an accessibility project in the targeted area (completed)
  • Implementation of the sought solutions to increase the lighting performance and accessibility (next stage)
  • Post-implementation data collection and assessment of results (final stage)
  • Final assessment report (final stage);

How did the measure progress?

The first steps, after the identification of the targeted area, were comprised of identifying the indicators most suitable to assess the impact of the actions. Indicators were aligned with safety (car accidents), non-motorized modes (walking, cycling), public transport (assessment of accessibility and infrastructure conditions) and surveys along the target area.

Following the baseline collection, the following step took comprised of an urban renovation plan in which several issues were identified. The plan also includes the design of several strategic solutions to support the implementation stage which is the current stage. Following the implementation of the equipment devices, data will be again collected to assess the impact.

Several actions that are related to the scope of this measure, namely road restriction policies, promotion of pedestrian campaigns and interventions to increase the public transport accessibilities were also already completed.

What were the outcomes of the measure?

The expected impacts for MAD 3.1 are the following:

  • Increase of 10% citizens and tourists circulating daily in the target street;
  • Decrease security problems in at least 20% in the target area;
  • Decrease of 5% of traffic accidents in the target area.

However, and considering the sought interventions, some additional impacts were added, namely:

  • Improvement of accessibility in bus stops (at least 20%)
  • Improvement of safety in bus stops (at least 20%)
  • Increase of sense of security (at least 10%)             
  • Decrease in mobility barriers (at least in 20%)
  • Increase in the number of cyclists circulating in target area (at least in 10%).