Active transport for livable communities in Lisbon Metropolitan Area (Portugal) – Who, where, and for what?

Authors: Ana Louro, Centre of Geographical Studies / Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning Universidade de Lisboa, Nuno Marques da Costa*, Centre of Geographical Studies / Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning Universidade de Lisboa, Eduarda Marques da Costa, Centre of Geographical Studies / Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning Universidade de Lisboa
Topics: Urban Geography, Transportation Geography
Keywords: Active travel, healthy behaviour, community perceptions, Lisbon Metropolitan Area
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Congressional B, Omni, West
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Active transport (walking or cycling) is often underlined as a sustainability factor in the field of urban mobility, a decisive behavior towards a better individual health status, minimizing cardiovascular, respiratory and obesity problems and, simultaneously, a pillar to the livable communities, reflecting the autonomy of their people and the existence of answers to their needs. This paper aims to understand individuals' behaviors regarding non-commuting mobility patterns in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (LMA), and particularly the use of active transport for that, through the application of a survey to 408 households distributed by 11 case studies with different urban contexts. This analysis will deepen the differences by social groups (who?), by destinations (where?) and by purposes (for what?). It is already possible to say that, in the full sample, the perception regarding safety for walking or cycling in the home area is mostly positive. The demand for grocery stores and markets, banks, post offices and gardens or playgrounds is usually on foot and in the close proximity to housing or workplace, as opposed to looking for supermarkets and hypermarkets, health services and sport equipment’s. Thus, the case studies will be closer to a livable community than its greater capacity to respond to the various needs of all its residents in the vicinity of their home, promoting the autonomy of transportation, that is, whenever possible using active transport modes, reinforcing the values of urban sustainability, health and livability.

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