in collaboration w/ Paulo Silva, Luísa Carvalho and Miguel Araújo
The topic of mobility is still very debated in today’s cities and has a profound impact on the citizen’s quality of life in various dimensions. In particular, in the city of Braga, mobility is an issue that deserves the most serious consideration. The dependence on the car has worsened in recent years in the central urban areas, although plenty of infrastructures that already exist would allow other possibilities of mobility. In that context, we’ve started a project that aimed to make the citizens of Braga (re) think about their mobility with a focus on more responsible attitudes. The main mission is, therefore, to motivate more conscious choices concerning mobility.
The inspiring source of this project was the “Metrominuto” map, executed under the mobility plan of the Ayuntamiento de Pontevedra, in Galicia. Initially, we intended to use the pedestrian and cycling areas that already exist, along with the infrastructures that serve the city, to analyze how all these interconnected components can contribute to improving the daily mobility of citizens.
For this purpose, two maps were initially developed: pedestrian and cycling. In general terms, maps are a collection of information related to time and distance between strategic points in the city. Both maps consider the central plaza as the primary point and have the same objective: to show possibilities of easily accomplished routes. The two maps consider strategic points such as areas of commerce, industry, transport interfaces, aggregating or central locations, university, leisure and sports areas. On the pedestrian map, routes were defined with information on the distance, the journey time and the experience of the travelled path, depending on whether it is more or less pleasant. Paid and free car parks, marked next to a nearby connection point, were also included to promote switching. On the cycling map, we’ve drawn routes with a maximum duration of 30 minutes from the city’s centre, with information on their distance, time and slope.