Association points to shared bikes for the future

in News · 19-01-2020 12:00:00 · 0 Comments

The Association for Urban Bicycle Mobility (MUBI) believes that the use of shared bicycles should be a future bet in Lisbon, stressing that the number of cars entering the city is “suffocating”.

Speaking to Lusa about the Lisbon European Green Capital 2020 initiative, which officially kicked off last week, Nuro Carvalho, a member of the association, noted that the use of shared bicycles is one of the most striking global trends for 2020.

“We are talking about something Lisbon is not a pioneer in,” he said, acknowledging that the city “is a few years behind, but now it is making a bet”.

For Nuro Carvalho, it is important that the use of shared bicycles is a "bet that does not fall on deaf ears and remains a future bet".

In its view, the flow of cars from the Portuguese capital should be altered in conjunction with the neighbouring municipalities.

“Three hundred and seventy thousand cars entering Lisbon every day is becoming asphyxiating. The inflow of motor vehicles must also be changed and must be done in partnership with neighbouring municipalities”, he said.

MUBI's spokesman assured that Lisbon is different, but said there are things that take time to accomplish on the ground.

“MUBI believes that the Lisbon City Council is gradually working to make the city more bicycle and pedestrian friendly,” he said.

Still, Nuro Carvalho noted that the solutions found are not always the best, but acknowledged that the speech of the municipality has been aligned with MUBI.

From the European Green Capital the association hopes that it will serve to change mindsets.

“Lisbon has the legacy of Oslo. Oslo was the Green Capital 2019 and recently published road accident figures. Oslo managed to have no pedestrian or cyclist fatalities. It is a wish that soon we can have these numbers in our capital,” he said.

Lisbon received the 'testimony' of the Norwegian capital to be the European Green Capital 2020, making a set of 'credible commitments' for the coming years that will include the action of the municipality, but also 'small gestures and small things', said the councilman of the Lisbon City Council responsible for the Environment, Green Structure, Climate and Energy, José Sá Fernandes to Lusa agency.

Among other goals, the municipality aims to be a “European reference city by 2030” in terms of mobility and aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, and has announced goals for this decade to reduce car travel from 57 percent to 33 percent, a 60 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and the achievement of 100 megawatt installed photovoltaic power.


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