Aveiro Region Congress 2019: ClairCity Regional Day

On October 17, 2019 ClairCity held it’s “Regional Day”, as part of the Aveiro Region Congress 2019 (16-18 October). This year’s Congress focused on the central themes of transport, environment, civil protection and forests, and took place at the Auditorium of Aveiro Fair and Exhibition Park.

Four issues in particular were on the agenda:

  1. the transfer of the competence of the public passenger transport service to the Municipalities and the Intermunicipal Communities, carried out by the Government in 2015, as well as the legislative responsibilities and defined legal deadlines;
  2. the results of the consultation with citizens of the Aveiro Region under the ClairCity project, revealing a growing importance of the public transport sector for the region;
  3. the policy choices identified by the citizen for the Aveiro Region for the future, as most (9 out of 10) relate to the mobility sector;
  4. the acknowledgment by the Aveiro Intermunicipal Community that the problem of molibility is increasingly a critical and essential factor for the Aveiro Region, including the multipolar and dispersed characteristics of the territory, with specific mobility requirements

    ClairCity speaking at the Aveiro Regional Congress
    ClairCity speaking at the Aveiro Region Congress 2019

The Aveiro Intermunicipal Community considered the most important issue to reflect and debate to be mobility and its implications for the environment and urban spaces. That is why the Regional Day program was very focused on these themes, given its interconnection and importance for this region.

The event had a global participation of 230 people, both from Aveiro Region and from outside Aveiro Region, including: citizens, municipal policy makers and workers, intermunicipal communities, associations, infrastructures entities, education entities, mobility and transport entities, companies, energy and health entities.

Taking into consideration the themes of the conference and the Regional Day, the Intermunicipal Community decided to promote an exhibition under the ClairCity project. This was to allow the dissemination of examples of good practices of projects and services from each of the eleven municipalities in the region, covering the environment (carbon footprint reduction, air quality), mobility (pedestrian, cycling, electric), climate change adaptation, health and well-being, and energy efficiency.

Many ideas were put forward during the Day. We have chosen to highlight the following recommendations, comments and suggestions:

Recommendations:

  • Optimize the region’s public transport service
  • Optimize the intercity mobility network
  • Promote active mobility – with particular emphasis on citizens with reduced mobility
  • Build bike paths for everyday commuting (eg. to and from work)
  • Reduce the number of free car parks in the region
  • Promote tele-working
  • Implement more energy efficiency measures in the residential sector
  • Modernise residential heating systems
  • Implement measures to control and eliminate agricultural burning
  • Optimise policy articulation at different levels – EU, national, regional and local
  • Explore the co-benefits between air quality, climate, energy and health

Comments and suggestions:

  • Transport and mobility are as essential as the air we breathe and health
  • Citizens’ freedom is also the ability to move
  • Transport and mobility today have new challenges
  • Mobility should be viewed as a service that the consumer chooses
  • Integration of various forms of transport services into a single, easy-to-use service / platform (“Maas” logic)
  • Implementation of other solutions to reduce the need for people to move around (eg. work zones near residential areas; video conferencing)
  • Behaviour change – sharing modes of travel
  • Promote nautical mobility – important in this region that has a vast area of water (Ria de Aveiro Lagoon)
  • Reduction of bureaucracy and simplification of information to citizen services, placed in strategic locations of urban spaces
  • Micromobility (buses / trains / electric / soft modes) is more sustainable and allows for a better quality of life
  • Micromobility – The challenge lies in educating users to comply with the rules
  • Promoting public transport will help to remove / reduce vehicles in cities
  • Seek flexible mobility solutions to adapt to developments as they occur
  • Bicycle – Important Mode for Intermodality
  • Walking – Take better care of degraded floors in urban centers and other public spaces outside urban centres
  • Lack of regulation of insurance in the soft mobility sector and pedestrian protection. There is a lot of room to develop at this level
  • How to solve end-of-life pollution from electric vehicles?
  • The problem of the value of investment in the purchase of electric buses. The solution could be financing measures in the early years.