Inquérito sobre Mobilidade em Portugal

A todos os portugueses, solicito contributo para uma maior mobilidade e integração dos sistemas de transportes, através do preenchimento deste inquérito.

Este inquérito está a ser realizado no âmbito de um projecto de investigação académica e tem como objectivo analisar as preferências da população portuguesa (em particular na área da Grande Lisboa e do Grande Porto) relativamente a um conjunto de soluções inovadoras que permitam uma maior mobilidade e integração dos sistemas de transportes colectivos actualmente existentes.


The World’s Fastest Solar Cars

“Every two years, teams of students from around the world gather in Australia to race solar-powered cars across the continent. Each day, the racers set out at 8 a.m. and have eight hours to travel as far as they can along an 1,800-mile route from Darwin, on the northern coast, to Adelaide, in the south. The World Solar Challenge began in 1987 as a call to build solar-powered cars, and has grown to 42 entrants this year.

The mission of the 2011 World Solar Challenge is to “stimulate research into and development of sustainable transport.” But while the car that won the very first challenge, GM’s Sunraycer, inspired the company to work on the EV-1, the electric vehicle made famous in the documentaryWho Killed The Electric Car?, translating solar car technology into reality has proven tricky. So far, the only commercial uses of solar technology in vehicles are the solar-panel equipped Prius and the Ford Focus package that comes with a discount on panels that can be used to charge the car.

The World Solar Challenge is scheduled to begin October 16, so the teams are in the process of packing up their vehicles and shipping them off to the race grounds. Here’s a look at some of the top competitors.” (by

Bike sharing save our lives

“Urban bike sharing programs improve city dwellers’ lives by offering a convenient way to get around, exercise, and reduce pollution. But could cycling instead of driving could actually save lives? So says science. According to a study published earlier this summer by the British Medical Journal, a successful and widely used bike sharing program in Barcelona prevents 12 deaths a year.

Barcelona started its bike sharing program, Bicing, in 2007. Two years later, more than 180,000 citizens had enrolled: a full 11 percent of the city population. Since many of the people who participated in the program were likely new bikers transitioning from driving, the BMJstudy examined the net impacts on public health resulting from a significant citywide shift to biking from driving. The researchers measured the health outcomes and mortality risk associated with changes in residents’ amount of physical activity, chance of accidental injury, and exposure to air pollution.

Crunching data provided by the city of Barcelona and Bicing’s management company, the researchers determined that despite increased risk of injuries and exposure to air pollution from biking (yes, even cycling has some negative health effects), the increased physical activity still decreased the death rate.

The researchers admit that assessing a messy real world situation like this one involves many variables that are difficult to quantify. (For example, who is transitioning from driving and who from public transportation? Do some people lead active lifestyles and others sedentary?). However, in all the scenarios they tested to account for differences in data, “a net benefit was always evident for Bicing users,” the researchers concluded.” (by

Farol City Guides app for Android


Farol City Guide, a travel app for your short city trips. It generates automatic tours based on your preferences and time restrictions, showing what is most relevant to you while touring. Try now the beta version at Porto!

Information Web Service for Mobility

Information Web Services for Mobility from Emanuel Barros on Vimeo.

The project is an information Web service that is co-participated able to integrate modes of transport and points of interest to revitalize the ‘intermediate’ cities through different platforms. The challenge is to promote the intermodality and reduce traffic congestion to improve the quality of life and the environment.

The service is collaborative, allowing the participation of society and entities. It’s democratic since it considers small transport networks. It’s based on integrated and georeferenced information to optimize decisions. Thus, Public Transportation, Municipalities and entities of Catering, Hotels, Culture and Sport will have an opportunity to revitalize local ecosystems.

This video was developed for the MIT Portugal ISCTE Venture Competition by Hugo Silva and myself (Joana Santos). The team members include also Emanuel Barros and Tiago Serra and our goal is to develop this interactive information system through our skills, experiences and researches. WE ARE LOOKING FOR INVESTORS 🙂

The World’s Best Countries

(PT) Uma notícia que interessa a todos, sobretudo aos pessimistas. Trata-se de um estudo feito pela Newsweek sobre a saúde, educação, economia e política que classifica os verdadeiros melhores países do mundo. Portugal está num confortável 27º lugar! Ver aqui o gráfico interactivo.

(EN) A News that matters to everyone, especially the pessimistics. This is a Newsweek study of health, education, economy, and politics ranks the globe’s true national champions. Portugal is in a comfortable 27th place! View here interactive graphic.

2 Mile Challenge

(PT) Clif Bar criou o projecto 2 Mile Challenge, que induz as pessoas a andar de bicicleta em vez de automóvel. Basta ir ao website do projecto, fazer o registo e começar a gravar quantas milhas andam por dia. Podem escolher uma das três organizações sem fins lucrativos – Alliance for Biking and Walking, Alliance for Climate Education, e Trips for Kids – e quanto mais milhas as organizações receberem, maiores serão as doações. Para acompenhar o progresso do 2 Mile Challenge, existe um gráfico interactivo, que mostra quantas viagens foram feitas de bicicleta, quantas milhas foram completas e quais os estados que atingiram mais milhas. Isto é actualizado diariamente.

(EN) Clif Bar has created the 2 Mile Challenge, for which they’re asking people to pledge to ride their bike instead of drive. Simply go to the 2 Mile Challenge website, sign up, and start recording how many miles you ride each day. They can pick one of three nonprofit organizations—Alliance for Biking and Walking, Alliance for Climate Education, and Trips for Kids—and whichever organization’s supporters ride the most miles will get a $25,000 grant. To track the progress of the 2 Mile Challenge, check out this interactive graphic, which will show you how many trips have been taken by bike, how many miles have been completed, and which states are contributing the most miles. It will update every day.

The Effects of Bike Commuting on Obesity

(PT) Esta infografia relaciona a taxa de obesidade de diferentes países com a actividade física dos seus cidadãos, nomeadamente andar de bicicleta e a pé.

(EN) This infographics relates the rate of obesity in different countries with the physical activity of its citizens, notably cycling and walking.

SF Park

(PT) Após anos de preparação, a cidade de San Francisco lançou recentemente o SFpark, um sistema de alta tecnologia que vai definir o preço de acordo com as vagas, a oferta e a procura de estacionamento. Uma rede de sensores sem fio permite que a cidade mantenha actualizada a informação acerca dos lugares de estacionamento que estão vazios. Se determinado espaço nunca está disponível, o sistema aumenta as taxas até que fique disponível. Em locais onde o estacionamento é abundate, as taxas caem. O sistema permite também que os residentes verifiquem as tarifas e disponibilidade de estacionamento antes de decidirem onde estacionar. Com isto, espera-se um aumento das receitas de parquímetros, mas uma diminuição de receitas em multas de trânsito e também uma melhor gestão do espaço da cidade.

(EN ) After years of preparation, the city of San Francisco is now rolling out SFpark, a high-tech new system that will set the price of parking spots according to supply and demand. To reduce congestion, San Francisco is aiming to have one spot open at all times on every block. Here’s how the plan works: A network of wireless sensors lets the city keep track of which parking spots are empty. If a particular block never has available spots, the city raises the meter rates until it does. In places where parking is plentiful, rates fall. As an added bonus, this information-age system lets residents check the rates and availability of parking online before deciding to drive. The system is expected to increase revenue from parking meters, but decrease revenue from traffic tickets and also a better management of the city space.

Driving Is Why You’re Fat

(PT) Esta infografia trata informação acerca da relação entre as taxas de obesidade nos EUA e o exercício físico dos cidadãos. É simples: maior exercício, menor peso. Mesmo assim, as pessoas ainda gastam a maior parte do tempo sentados em frente a uma secretária ou a deslocarem-se entre o espaço da secretária. Apesar de muitas cidades já permitirem andar mais a pé, de bicicleta ou de transportes públicos, será que os cidadãos estão mais abertos a isso?

(EN) This is a look at how people get to work in various states, alongside USA’ obesity rates. It’s a simple equation: Exercise more and lose weight. Still, many people spend most of their time either behind a desk or driving to or from where that desk is located. A few states buck that trend with large cities that allow for more walking , biking and commuting via public transportation, but are their citizens any more fit?