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Mobility Measure

Low emission zones and smart parking management

CMF, HF, SRETC, AREAM  will  test  coordinated  traffic  management  actions  tuned  on  the  strategic  traffic  plan  to  be developed.

Implementing sustainable mobility

This measure aims to assess the feasibility of bus corridor, reversible circulation and traffic light priority to public transport. In parallel, it also implies moving on from an obsolete traffic light system to a more innovative platform. The measure also includes the implementation of several calming traffic measures to increase safety and give priority to pedestrians.

  1. Objectives
  • Approve a new regulation for touristic mobility actors, defining their routes, parking space and time of service, including the licence concession for touristic operators;
  • Implement traffic calming zones, in which vehicles can coexist with pedestrians;
  • Evaluate the social and economic impact of closing streets or limit traffic in city centre  to vehicles;
  • New parking policies which will reduce the traffic in the city centre, benefit the local commerce, promote public transport and make mobility solutions for tourists more user-friendly in city centre;
  • Study the feasibility of  introduction of reversible lanes according to time slots;
  • Use of innovative traffic lights that will provide mobility solutions for the urban environment;
  • Develop strategies to restrict road access according to the Sustainable Mobility Action Plan;
  • Install monitoring sensors in traffic light systems to improve traffic control;
  1. How will this be achieved?

The main planned actions are:

  • Data collection for the ex-ante evaluation (already completed)
  • Communication process to introduce the new policy for sustainable mobility (already completed, using OGS budget)
  • Conduction of tendering process to assess the feasibility of bus corridors, reversible circulation and traffic light priority (underway)
  • Conduction of tendering process to revise the current traffic light system and define a new solution (underway)
  • Introduction of traffic calming measures within the city (underway)
  • Introduction of low traffic speed (30km/h) signs in central areas (underway)
  • Promotion of soft modes and public involvement focusing the negative impacts of illegal parking for load and unload operations (completed, during the Mobility Week ’17)
  • Planning of activities to foster sustainable mobility for the upcoming Mobility Week ’18 (underway)
  • Implementation of new traffic light components
  • 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 noise perception, pollutants emissions (using COPERT analysis), bus corridor acceptance level and car restriction policies receptiveness.

Following the baseline collection, two subcontracting will take place to further assess the feasibility of bus corridors, reversible circulation and public transport and an another one focused on improving the traffic light system. Following the revision, new equipment for the traffic light system will be purchased.  

What were the outcomes of the measure?

The expected impacts for measure MAD 6.4 are the following:

  • Decrease number of vehicles in the target area by 5%;
  • Increase bus commercial speed of at least 10%;
  • Decrease noise and emission pollution in the target area of at least 5%;
  • Decrease irregular parking in the target area of at least 10%;
  • Local business transactions improved in at least 5% among the targeted people.

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

  • Decrease of traffic incidents in the target area (at least 5%);
  • +2% passengers boarding buses in the catchment area;
  • +10% in receptiveness perceived by local traders regarding the introduction of a dedicated corridor for public transport;
  • Reduction of percentage of people troubled by transport noise (at least 10%)