"Agostinhas" - Urban Bicycle

79 067 (2014)

In European urban areas cars are the major source of air pollutants and greenhouses gas emissions. They are also the main cause of noise and occupy a significant share of the public space. With the objective to reduce the number of cars in the city, Torres Vedras launched a new mobility solution – an integrated public bike-sharing system called "Agostinhas". This system includes 30 electric and 260 conventional bicycles made available through 14 bike stations which are connected through a network of bike lanes covering an area of 8 km2 (which includes the entire city plus some of the suburban areas). The main objectives of the project are: (1) demonstrating the advantages of using a bicycle and; (2) offering an option for urban transportation with numerous environmental, social and economic benefits.