camera of Faro will control traffic of scooters and bicycles shared in the county

The objective is to regulate this activity, «determining the places where they can be blocked or where their parking is prohibited»

The Chamber of Faro will monitor and control, in real time, the entire traffic flow of scooters, bicycles and other soft shared mobility vehicles operating in the municipality, through an online platform that is currently being tested in the Algarve capital, in a pilot project with the French company Vianova.

The objective of this initiative "is to help regulate traffic on public roads, determining the places where they can be blocked or where parking is prohibited", revealed the Chamber of Faro.

«The monitoring platform, for data analysis, will be loaded with the information provided by the micromobility operators, so that the municipality may determine, on occasion, changes in traffic or a limit of equipment that may be parked in the "hotspots" (network of points stop for scooters and bicycles already defined and delimited for this purpose by the City Council of Faro)”, he added.

This technology begins to be tested at a time when electric scooters, which disappeared from Faro in recent months, they have just returned to the city.

In this context, the Chamber of Faro yesterday promoted a meeting of the Sustainable Mobility Monitoring Committee - which included those responsible for the Chamber of Faro, from PSP, GNR, from the University of Algarve and the president of the Portuguese Federation of Cycle Tourism and Bicycle Users, among others -, with representatives of the Bolt company.

«Bolt will have in Faro around 200 scooters equipped with GPS locators, which will allow viewing on the company's application map which locations are indicated for the collection and delivery of equipment, in accordance with the “hotspots” defined by the City Council», said the municipality.

«At this meeting, a balance of one year of shared mobility in the Municipality of Faro. According to the data collected and provided by the companies that operated in 2019, each of them had, over the last year, an average fleet of 156 scooters, with an average of 3 daily rotations per vehicle. The average daily distance covered by each scooter in Faro it was approximately two kilometers (2.038 meters)», he concluded.

The local authority is also in progress “to prepare a file with a view to contracting a shared public bicycle service”.

In the meantime, the municipality began the «construction work of the first section of the Ecovia do Algarve, works included in the contract to requalify the EM527, which will allow the connection between the roundabout at Praia de Faro and the airport roundabout, extending the cycle path that currently ends in the latter».