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Mobility Measure

Innovative solutions for safe and secure public spaces

Local partners selected a pilot area to redesign existing urban architecture, to remove barriers for people with reduced mobility and wheelchair users, as well as to enhance PT accessibility. A road safety monitoring centre will also be implemented as part of this measure.

Implementing sustainable mobility

Improve accessibility near PT stops

A diagnostic study was carried out of bus stops in Funchal to verify the conditions of safety, accessibility, and information available.

In Funchal there are many steep and narrow roads, which only have a small space or no space at all for a bus stop. Altogether, 21 sites were selected where it is necessary to improve accessibility. This will allow the construction of four new public transport shelters, the improvement of pedestrian accessibility with new sidewalks (an extension of 564.13 m2), and the correction of sidewalks so that they adhere to national guidelines (82.2 m2). 

Promotion of soft modes and public involvement through awareness campaigns

Funchal successfully participated in European Mobility Week 2017 and 2018 and developed awareness raising materials (e.g. brochures and leaflets) related to soft modes and the SUMP strategy. More campaigns will be developed to foster the use of soft mobility modes. 

For this year's European Mobility Week, a public display is being created that will include information on intermodality. An emphasis will be placed on the increased accessibility to public transport that has resulted from  activities conducted under the DESTINATIONS measures MAD 3.1 and MAD 7.2.

Implement an urban renovation plan to increase the safety of and accessibility to all sustainable mobility modes

The plan is concluded; it has supported the type of equipment acquired. This activity is linked to the measure MAD 2.2. Horarios do Funchal has conducted a test with CCTV cameras to ascertain their ability to count passengers. They are also being used for safety and security reasons.

Implement a system that links energy efficiency with road safety

The practice consists of deploying LED strips into the ground at a pedestrian crossing, close to the public transport interface as well as being near to areas popular with pedestrians and tourists. 

The measure aims to boost road safety, especially for pedestrians who are too distracted by their smartphones to bother looking at the road. It tells them when to cross and when not to cross by either glowing green or red, depending on the traffic light signals. It also facilitates safe and smooth access to the city centre.

This system relies on a renewable and solar energy generation and storage solution that powers energy production systems that are intended to be used for residential purposes, as well as for commercial, telecommunications and lighting systems.

The system integrates several modules, including video capture, an energy performance optimiser, and a Wi-Fi network. Others that can be integrated in the future include automobile traffic counters and charging for electric vehicles.

The system was introduced next to a few pedestrian crossings. Through the incorporation of an intelligent lighting system, it is also boosting pedestrian safety. When the system detects that a pedestrian intends to cross, the lights on the floor and higher up are automatically activated, thereby increasing the visibility of the pedestrian crossing for drivers.  

Implementation Status

The measure is in operation and data for evaluation is being collected.

What were the outcomes of the measure?

  • Increased safety inside the bus
  • Improvement of safety and accessibility in bus stops
  • Decrease of traffic accidents and security problems within the target area
  • Increase in the number of cyclists circulating within the target area.

Basic Information

MAD 3.1
December 2016

Thematic Areas