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Despite this, Gaspar says Lisbon’s attitude has been based on agreeable with the operators, rather than taking an overly strict approach.

ved over 1,800 poorly parked scooters amid February and June 2019, charging fees of over €17,000.

Despite this, Gaspar says Lisbon’s attitude has been based on agreeable with the operators, rather than taking an overly strict approach.

“First and foremost, we are very open to addition in the city, but with two red lines—public safety and the affection of public space. Secondly, we view new things through the lens of soft and hard regulation, why? Because we also need to learn how to regulate.”

Gaspar says that this engenders trust with clandestine sector operators who accept they need to engage the city in a chat where both need to assemble on their positions.

He and his team meet with assembly from the micro-mobility sector every two weeks, where they altercate their apropos and work on fine-tuning the rules, when necessary.

“I think both sides put in their best efforts to make it work, and I think this kind of authoritative ambiance has helped make Lisbon an absorbing area to deploy these kinds of services,” adds Gaspar.

“Sometimes we make decisions they don’t like, but they accept why we have to take them. If we accept where they’re coming from, we can try to position things in a way that achieves the same after-effects but after harming the operational business model that they have.”

While acceptance the clandestine sector to accomplish e-scooters, the city has taken a more hands-on access with other micro-mobility modes. Though Uber’s Jump–and more afresh Hive–have launched bike-share schemes in Portuguese capital, it’s the borough advancement aggregation Gira that operates the lion’s share.

There are currently just over 450 shared-bikes being operated by the city provider, two-thirds of which are electric—an important application when one looks at Lisbon’s cobbled streets and hilly terrain.


Looking at other cities for inspiration

When analytic for new innovations and methods of accepting results, the city has active a almost aboveboard approach.

“In Lisbon, we accept that any good idea is an idea we should copy,” Gaspar says candidly.

He listed some of the cities that have aggressive Lisbon’s transformation: Porto, Barcelona, Copenhagen, London and Los Angeles.

“Copying others has accelerated our transformation because we don’t need to make the same mistakes,” explains Gaspar. “If addition is doing article better than us, we will try to carbon that. We acerb accept that cities should have strong networks and share experiences. Everything that we do we open to others to copy if they want.”

Lisbon was aggressive by Los Angeles to become the first city in Europe to adopt the Advancement Data Specification (MDS), which provides a arrangement for data administration for providers of dockless bike-shares, e-scooters and shared-ride providers that work within the public right of way.

After its launch in Los Angeles in September 2018, Gaspar saw its abeyant allowances and has acclimatized it to his city’s needs.

“Now all the e-scooter operators share their data with us and this improves decision-making. We’ve also started having conversations with Los Angeles and are administration what we’ve learnt from our acquaintance to advance it further.

“I think cities need to get calm in global networks to deal with global challenges.”

As micro-mobility has been taking cities by storm, other discussions surrounding the future of mobility, such as the addition of free cartage (AVs) and even flying taxis have been more assertive discussions in carriage circles.

While always befitting an eye on the future, Gaspar says it’s important to stay grounded. Lisbon’s awakening came from a back-to-basics approach: bear citizens and visitors the casework they need to go about their daily business and your city will thrive.

“It’s good to have addition speaking about what the future holds, asking what the ethical issues and abstruse challenges behind the addition of AVs are, for example, but we cannot put all our efforts into this if we don’t have a bus accession on time, a subway to reach assertive parts of the city, or carriage on-demand,” adds Gaspar. “There is a lot that you can and should do in the present before riding the magic carpet.”

Sustainable advancement pact

In December 2019, the World Business Council for Acceptable Development (WBCSD), Lisbon City Council, BCSD Portugal and 56 arch companies signed the Corporate Advancement Pact (CMP), which commits to over 200 advancement accomplishments advised to make advancement more acceptable in Lisbon.

“Decarbonisation presents itself as the greatest claiming of our generation. We need to reduce our emissions and make all types of carriage more sustainable. Every day counts and every action is important,” Fernando Medina, Mayor of Lisbon said.

The signatories will adopt a set of measures that aim to help the city have a safer, accessible, greener and more able advancement system.

The pact aims to advance supply and demand for multi-modal solutions, firstly by creating altitude for advisers to adopt new behaviors and solutions, and also by extending these measures to suppliers and customers.

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