The large majority of European citizens live in an urban environment, living day-to-day in the same space and moving around using the same infrastructure. Mobility is one of the most important domains of cities and territories today. With the growing concentration of people in urban centers, the challenges have also grown exponentially.
Both in Portugal, as in other European cities, populations face problems caused by transport and traffic. So, an important question arises: how to improve mobility in order to reduce congestion, the number of accidents and pollution in cities? This was a question we asked entrepreneurs of the Portuguese startup ecosystem.
Through the Get in the Ring Urban Mobility competition, we joined 4 Portuguese municipalities - Braga, Abrantes, Angra do Heroísmo and Fundão - with real mobility challenges. The goal of this competition is to promote better mobility in Portugal, with the help of talented entrepreneurs with innovative solutions.
We're going to tell you all about how entrepreneurs are solving these problems. But first, discover 3 mobility challenges to be overcome in Portugal:
#1: Low use of public transport by the population
Car-oriented cities have a number of costs for citizens' health and for the environment. Shifting the daily commute from cars to sustainable transport modes can be the solution. However, in cities such as Abrantes and Angra do Heroísmo, these means of transport are not receiving proper acceptance from the inhabitants.