- Planning policies in municipal mobility plans   click here to open paper content413 kb
by    Pinho, Joana | joana_pinho@yahoo.com   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
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The Mobility Plan of Famalic„o, as part of the Sustainable Mobility Project, aimed at an inexpensive, straightforward and pragmatic intervention in order to increase the daily mobility in the city.
The present Project consists of a Mobility Plan (MP) for the city of Famalic„o (F), as part of the Sustainable Mobility Project, an initiative of the Portuguese Environment Agency in collaboration with the General Directorate for Territorial Planning and Urban Development. A net of University Centers was responsible for the elaboration of the MPs. F case was carried out by the Planning Laboratory of the Engineering Faculty of the University of Oporto.
F is located in the Northern Region of Portugal, about 40km northeast of Oporto. It is a municipality with around 135 000 inhabitants, from which only 24 000 live inside the urban limits of the city. Sprawl urbanization with linear developments along the road infrastructure characterizes the municipal territory.
An initial survey covered the daily movements of the population, available public and private collective transport systems (CTS), walking, biking and parking infrastructures. A swot analysis showed, among other factors, a fair territorial coverage of the CTS as a municipal strength. As weaknesses appeared, for example, the lack of an integrated information system for the CTS and of strategic parking policies. The process of demographic concentration emerged as relevant opportunities. Finally, as threats we identified the development pressures on the rural and peripheral areas of the city and the lack of real alternatives to the car.
The concept of the proposal aimed at an inexpensive, straightforward and pragmatic intervention. The main goal was to increase the sustainability of the daily mobility for two big sectors of the population: the residents, living and working in F, and the working non-residents. The actions were organized in three areas of intervention: i) parking provision and (re)organization of daily trips; ii) improvement of walking and biking networks and control of car pressure; and, iii) performance of the CTS and quality of waiting time.
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