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      Government to pour €300m into creating




      cycle paths throughout country



       The Portuguese government has said it is willing to invest €300 million in creating over 1,000 kilometres of cycling tracks
       throughout the country, with a view to improving mobility in urban areas and reducing polluting emissions.

             he amount of      municipal projects and  euros will be made over
              cycling tracks   submit them for         a 12-year period.
              found throughout  consideration with a view  The main goal,
      TPortugal has            to receiving funding of up  according to
      multiplied in recent years,  to 75 percent, depending  Environment Minister
      and councils have been a  on the sub-programmes.  João Matos Fernandes,
      driving force in their   The project is divided into  who presented the
      creation.                three segments designed  programme in Amadora
      However, one major       to meet the needs of    last Friday, will be, within
      obstacle that is         different types of urban  12 years, to “match” the
      becoming increasingly    agglomerates.           European benchmark of
      obvious is that many     Initially, €160 million will  bicycle use as a means
      cycling tracks do not    be allocated to 34      of home to work
      interconnect between     cycleway projects linking  commutes, which is
      neighbouring             cities in different     currently at 7 percent.
      municipalities, meaning  municipalities. In a    The figure currently
      in cases, car travel is still  second phase, €110  registered in Portugal is
      essential.               million will be invested in  just 1 percent.
      To overcome this hurdle,  55 projects of cycle paths  The use of old railway
      the Government has said  that interconnect       lines for this purpose and
      it will finance a        contiguous locations.   the linking of
      programme, via the       Finally, the third phase will  infrastructures to the
      Environmental Fund, to   promote the construction  public transport network
      link existing cycling tracks  of structural bicycle lanes  will be another of the
      between neighbouring     in isolated locations, a  programme’s priorities.
      counties as well as create  measure that has a   The “Cyclable Portugal
      new ones in various parts  budget of 30 million euros  2030” plan was unveiled
      of the country.          for 21 track projects.  during a presentation
      According to the         In total, it is planned to  held in the Parque
                                                                               The Portuguese Government is to invest €300m in the development of cycle paths across
                                                                               The Portuguese Government is to invest €300m in the development of cycle paths across
                                                                               The Portuguese Government is to invest €300m in the development of cycle paths across
      Government, to qualify for  build 960 kilometres of  Aventura, in the    The Portuguese Government is to invest €300m in the development of cycle paths across
                                                                               The Portuguese Government is to invest €300m in the development of cycle paths across
                                                                               the country. (Photo: Lusa/Mário Cruz)
                                                                               the country. (Photo: Lusa/Mário Cruz)
                                                                               the country. (Photo: Lusa/Mário Cruz)
                                                                               the country. (Photo: Lusa/Mário Cruz)
      funding, councils should  cycle paths, that is, 110  municipality of Amadora.  the country. (Photo: Lusa/Mário Cruz)
      draw up proposals for    cycle paths. An         It is currently open for
      municipal or inter-      investment of 300 million  public consultation.
      Lisbon to create more lanes just for
      public transport
       Lisbon council has announced the city will be increasing its public bus
       Lisbon council has announced the city will be increasing its public bus
       Lisbon council has announced the city will be increasing its public bus
       Lisbon council has announced the city will be increasing its public bus
       Lisbon council has announced the city will be increasing its public bus
       network by creating an extra eight kilometres of lanes exclusively for bus
       network by creating an extra eight kilometres of lanes exclusively for bus
       network by creating an extra eight kilometres of lanes exclusively for bus
       network by creating an extra eight kilometres of lanes exclusively for bus
       network by creating an extra eight kilometres of lanes exclusively for bus
       transport by June 2019.
       transport by June 2019.
       transport by June 2019.
       transport by June 2019.
       transport by June 2019.
        This will be added on to  Avenida Infante D.   and attract more
       the 100 kilometres of lanes  Henrique and Marvila and  passengers. Last year
       exclusively for public  other existing lanes are  Carris carried 122.4 million
       transport currently     being reinforced in certain  passengers.
       available in the Portuguese  areas of the city.   Furthermore, more than
       capital, taking the total of  This commitment to  100 million euros is to be
       road dedicated to taxi, bus  increasing and     invested by the end of next
       and tram travel to 108  strengthening the bus   month in the acquisition of
       kilometres.             lanes aims to increase the  buses and trams and the
        The new lanes will be  speed of Lisbon municipal  maintenance of
       created on avenues      bus company Carris’ buses  infrastructures and
       Álvares Cabral,         - which averaged around  refuelling stations, as part
       Engenheiro Duarte       13.9 kilometres per hour in  of the strategy to improve
       Pacheco (on the stretch  2017 - to improve service  the company’s service.
       between Liceu Francês
       and Rua da Artilharia Um),
       Berna, Miguel Bombarda,
       António José Almeida.
        The BUS lanes that
       already exist on Avenida da
       Liberdade will also be
       reinforced and expanded,
       said Councillor Miguel
       Gaspar, head of Mobility
       and Security at Lisbon
       Council, in comments to
       news site Diário de Notícias.
        A new BUS corridor was
       recently opened between
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