Loulé Municipal Council and Infralobo E.M., have completed an operation to increase bicycle parking capacity, expanding the dock network, and thus helping to increase the use of this means of transport, instead of cars, for shorter journeys.
In total, Infralobo’s area of operation will have a further 16 parking areas, with the installation of parking stands designed by a Portuguese urban design company, to be used by users of Smart Bikes, shared-use electric bicycles, but also by other people riding their own bicycle. The map highlighting the parking stands can be viewed at https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=17oXX2eh3rgQLnUBrJuhfwjU9jtbAUTU&hl=pt-PT&usp=sharing. The shared-use bicycle system; Smart Bikes by Infralobo, www.bikes.infralobo.pt, launched last May, features 30 electric bicycles distributed over five docks, and, is already available to residents wanting to use this environmentally friendly solution.
The President of the Board of Directors, Carlos Manso, has this to say: “With the expansion of the dock network, Infralobo aims to foster bicycle use, making journeys more practical, comfortable and available to a larger proportion of the resident or visiting population. The goal is that people favour this means of transport, reducing individual transport into small trips within Infralobo’s area of operation.”
These measures come in the wake of formally joining the “Commitment to the Bicycle” Movement, in 2016, as part of the commitment made by Loulé Municipal Council to head actions that promote reducing pollution and protecting the environment, encouraging soft mobility.
In January 2015, Loulé Municipal Council started outlining its Municipal Adaptation to Climate Change Strategy (EMAAC), as part of the “Loulé Adapta” project. The council’s intention with this strategy is to provide a coherent response, throughout the municipality, to the issues of climate change, placing the municipality at the national forefront in this field.