a Lisbon Municipal Mobility and Parking Company (EMIL) This Tuesday said that as of the end of January nearly 50 new stations have already been installed in Share the bike networkra will start to activate.
We expect to start activating the first stations at the end of January / beginning of February. The activation will be gradual, for logistical reasons,” Emil said, responding to Lusa about the delay in the availability of bikes on already installed sidewalks since the summer, which was prompted by the shutdown of the power supply company.
The Lisbon Municipal Corporation had to open a new public tender to find a new supplier: “The tender has been completed and we already have a new supplier of electricity.”
According to EMEL, “There are already about 50 new stations installed, namely in Baixa, Campo de Ourique, Belém, São Domingos de Benfica, Benfica, Carnaide, Telheras, and they are currently in the process of installing an electricity meter, to be further completed. : Communication link, Exam, final certification.
With regard to network expansion, the municipal company has two contracts underway to install 80 new stations, and is finishing awarding a third contract for 50 other stations, for a total of 130 new stations in Jira.
Currently, EMEL has 102 active stations and “a total bike fleet of about 1,600”, which makes it possible to supply “an average of 850 bikes per day, which corresponds to an average availability rate of about 0.5 bikes per berth (i.e. one bike is available). for every two active berths).
At the moment, the company has consolidated 80 new plant sites related to the two contracts in progress, and the sites of the third contract (not yet awarded) are still in the licensing stage in the Lisbon City Council.
“The process of acquiring new bikes is in the process of redesigning, due to current contingencies which have resulted in shortages of parts and components worldwide,” Emile noted.
When asked about the future of Lisbon’s cycling network, including the Avenida Almirante Reis bike path, the municipal company sent the answer to the municipality.
In the election campaign in September 2021, Carlos Moedas (PSD), then-candidate and mayor of Lisbon Municipality, committed to redesigning the city’s cycling network “with a focus on the safety, comfort and functionality of the residents”. Corridors with problems, such as Almirante Reis, and the design of viable alternatives.”
In December, urbanism consultant Joanna Almeida (independently elected by the coalition “Novos Tempus” PSD/CDS-PP/MPT/PPM/Aliança) said the executive was still studying alternatives about the future of the cycle path on Avenida. Almirante Reis, to ensure that the decision-making process will be based on citizen participation.
As Mobility Planning Adviser, Angelo Pereira (PSD), noted, “The City Council Urban District, through the Public Space Division, the Municipal Mobility Directorate and EMEL are studying solutions, and it is clear that these solutions will be available for public discussion, to obtain” feedback From the live forces of the municipality, especially those residing in the Almirante Reis area.
After winning the municipal elections in September 2021 at the head of the “Novos Tempus” coalition (PSD / CDS-PP / MPT / PPM / Aliança), Carlos Moedas (PSD) governs the Lisbon municipality, but without an absolute majority.
In the current period (2021-2025), the executive branch consists of seven elected by the “Novos Tempus” coalition (three from the PSD, two from CDS-PP and two independent), and they are the only ones with certain roles.
There are also seven members elected by the “Mais Lisboa” coalition (five from PS, one from Livre and one independent), two members from the PCP/PEV coalition (both from PCP) and one member elected by BE.
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