In the frame of a study visit organised by the CIVITAS project, experts from the cities of Kilkìs, Kruševac, Vila Nova de Gaia and Guimarães got to know why the city of Braga should brag about herself.
This mid-sized Portuguese city has indeed perfectly understood how to best valorise its historic city centre by creating one of the largest Iberic pedestrian areas. With its 6 electric buses the publicly owned transport operator TUB also managed to reach 67% cost-savings, to reduce the energy consumption by 74% and the carbon emission by 129 tonCO2 eq in 7 months. After having been warmly welcomed by the Mayor of Braga Ricardo Rio, participants got to know about Braga’s BUILD project and the brand-new Urban Innovation Laboratory, where the University of Minho and the city administration closely cooperate.
While Braga is currently finalising its Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, Kilkis and Krusevac have already finalised their SUMP and started both the implementation, and the knowledge sharing about the process.
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