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Mobility Measure

Low emission zones and smart parking management

Local partners will test coordinated traffic management actions that are based on the strategic traffic plan. These actions include the creation of three low traffic zones, the introduction of two reverse traffic streets, the activation of PT priorities at three relevant traffic junctions, and the implementation of mobility sensors.

Implementing sustainable mobility

Study the feasibility of bus corridors, reversible circulation and traffic light priority

To ensure a suitable analysis, a specialised company was contracted to carry out the development of the traffic simulation. The municipality carried out research into the feasibility of implementing the actions outlined within the measure.

The actions included the creation of specific bus corridors and the implementation of a monitoring platform to gather real-time information related to the traffic light network and bus priority lanes. These feasibility studies were vital in outlining the measure's next steps.

Revise the current traffic light system and define new solutions

A sub-contract has been awarded to support the forming of a global, sectoral and local strategy to renew the traffic light network in Funchal. Following its conclusions, the Municipality of Funchal will move to a tendering process to purchase the necessary equipment.

The Municipality is currently outlining the specifications for the procurement of the platform and equipment to be used in the upgrade of the traffic light system. The same process is also underway for the signalling technology and equipment to be used in establishing priority for public transport at traffic junctions.

Traffic calming measures within the city

Various traffic calming measures have been implemented. First outlined in Funchal's Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP), these include:

  • The installation of road bollards to prevent illegal parking, especially on pavements;
  • The introduction of 30km/h zones in strategic areas of the city, reducing vehicle speed and the risk of pedestrian-related accidents, whilst also improving air quality;
  • Road markings and traffic signs, which have helped create a better traffic management system;
  • The implementation of specific measures geared towards increasing the attractiveness of areas, such as Kiss 'N Ride drop-off points near schools;
  • Traffic restriction policies that have seen certain streets closed to car parking.

Implementation status

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

What were the outcomes of the measure?

  • Decrease noise and pollution in the target area
  • Decrease of traffic incidents in the target area
  • Increase bus commercial speed
  • Decrease irregular parking in the target area