Portugal

Past events:

24 - 26 June: CycleHack Lisboa

Local chapter of the international CycleHack (http://cyclehack.com/ ) organized by CENAS A PEDAL. 

More: https://cyclehacklisboa.tumblr.com/     http://www.facebook.com/cyclehacklisboa           http://www.twitter.com/cyclehacklx

15 April – 30 April 2016:
Photo Contest “Abril, Bicicletas Mil” & Promotion of local initiative “Bike Friday” 
Organised by the Dutch Embassy Lisbon, in cooperation with MUBI (Associação para a Mobilidade Urbana em Lisboa)

On April 15 the Dutch Ambassador went to work by bike, giving a boost to the local initiative “Sexta de Bicicleta” (http://sextadebicicleta.mubi.pt/). Proof of this was shared on FB (https://www.facebook.com/EmbaixadaHolandaPortugal) A Photo Contest invited the audience to follow the Ambassador’s example and ride a bike on Fridays. Cycling is fun, healthy and efficient!


Cycling Tour World Heritage Day:

This Cycling Tour was organized on the occasion of World Heritage Day-The Heritage of Sport. Sport is Heritage, enjoy!  www.patrimoniodesportivo.wordpress.com

(Directorate-General of Cultural Heritage, in cooperation with Municipality of Lisbon, Portuguese Cycling Federation, Sports Academy Lisbon, Dutch Embassy Lisbon)

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.837393143056745.1073741911.211780202284712&type=3


September 19th 2013: - Friday on bike
The plan is simple: each Friday use your bike everywhere you go! Will you accept this challenge?
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September 17th 2012: - Think Bike Workshop
Two dutch experts - Jeroen Buis (Witteveen en Bos) and Marjolein de Lange (Dutch Cycling Embassy) - came to Lisbon to help Lisbon City Hall to encourage the daily use of the bike. Everybody was welcome in this “Think Bike Workshop”. 
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In the last years, Portugal has developed an important role in promoting sustainable mobility and cycling. The Portuguese Environment Agency (APA) developed the sustainable program (2006-2008) involving more than forty municipalities in the development of sustainable mobility plans. In addition, the Institute for Mobility and Transport has developed an important pedagogical work and technical guidance, which stands for “Mobility Package” and the “National Plan for the Promotion of Bicycle and Other Soft Modes of Transportation” – Ciclando 2013-2020 (http://www.imtt.pt/sites/im).

Aveiro region and its municipalities are pioneers in Portugal in promoting bicycle use. As referred before, the sub-region of Aveiro has the highest values of cycling use- eight times the national average - 3.9% versus 0.5%, 28% of the national value (INE, 2011). Two data underscore this importance. In Murtosa 17% of trips are made by bicycle, equivalent to the average of the Nordic countries; Aveiro, Aveiro, Estarreja, Ovar and Murtosa, with 2,160, 1,351, 996, 935 and 893 bike users, respectively, are the municipalities with the highest absolute value at the National level. These values are explained by the high proportion of journeys made by young people (home-to-school).

It is also in this region of Aveiro (in the city of Águeda) where is based a substantial part of the National production of bicycles and accessories. Águeda is also the headquarters of ABIMOTA - National Association of the industrial sector. The national industry has a significant exporter dimension - more than EUR 200 million – with a relevant weight at European level, reaching the Top 5 European production of accessories and bicycle parts and TOP 7 European production of bicycles. As previously referred, in 2012 were sold more bicycles than vehicles in Portugal (113,408 cars vs. 350,000 bicycles).

Some of the most important Portuguese collective bike systems were developed in the region. Twelve years ago, the BUGA system (Shared Bicycle Integration System) was created, one of the first systems in Europe that had the particularity of being free of charge. More recently, the municipality of Águeda created the first electric collective bike system in Portugal - the Be-Agueda - an innovative system that aims to meet the needs of hilly cities, short-medium distances and for people with special mobility needs (seniors in particular).

More recently, and as a consequence of the ICT development in the region - here is based the National Association of ICT (INOVARIA) and Portugal Telecom Innovation R&D Center– BikeEmotion project (http://www.bikeemotion.com/) was developed by a consortium of three enterprises - Micro I/O, an electronic products & solutions R&D company; Ponto C, an IT platform developer; Ubiwhere, an R&D software company; and the University of Aveiro, which aims to develop a system of social sharing of public and / or private bikes, centered on a location of the device bikes and a set of services available to users and established protocol for bikes with 5th generation Canadian company Bewegen Technology (http://www.bewegentech.com). BikeEmotion has already won several international awards, one in Velo-city 2013 (Cycling Visionaries Awards - http://velo-city2013.com/?page_id=2249.

Beyond the tradition, the development of the bicycle in the region is also closely linked to cycling. It lies in the region - in Anadia - the National Velodrome and the National High Performance Centre of Cycling (https://www.facebook.com/centroaltorendimentoanadia), managed by the Municipality and the Portuguese Cycling Federation. As a corollary of their work, this year Portugal had a gold medal at the Junior Track World Championships.

The need to foster a better relationship between the productive sector, public authorities and the Scientific and Technologic System led the University of Aveiro to create the Technological Platform on Bicycle and Soft Mobility (https://www.ua.pt/ptbicicleta/) whose mission is to support the creation of conditions to promote bicycle use (in particular) and soft modes of mobility (in general) in the region of Aveiro and Portugal. This will be performed through the enhancement of knowledge generated by the University of Aveiro in various fields centered on the bicycle, mobility, territory and people. This organization aims to be the link between different actors, an engine of new public and private partnerships to create a more friendly territory to bike economy initiatives.

More recently, several initiatives where developed to promote the bike industry sector focused on the internationalization and foreign investment attraction (http://www.portugalbikevalue.pt/).
This month, the University of Aveiro is going to launch a national COMMITEMNT TO CYCLING (https://www.facebook.com/compromissopelabicicleta) with the motto: more bikes, better cities, healthier society and economy!

Many thanks to José Carlos Mota (Coordinator of the Bicycle and Soft Mobility Technological Platform, University of Aveiro)

 

More Links:

Young group of cycling specialists running a cycling school, where people are being taught how to ride bicycles. Since 2008 the "Escola de Bicicleta" teaches people of all ages, most pupils are adults, particularly women over 50. Furthermore CENAS A PEDAL offers a mobile repair service, called "Bicycle Repair Man". This mobile mechanic assists people with mechanical bike problems.

http://bicyclerepairman.com.pt

http://www.cenasapedal.com/