Pilot Project Beagueda - Electrical Bicycle of Agueda: Case-study

Pilot Project Beagueda - Electrical Bicycle of Agueda: Case-study


G Nadais, C Laranjeira, A Antunes, D Herculano, Câmara Municipal de Águeda, PT


Agueda is characterized by heterogeneity of its terrain, causing severe constraints on mobility and sociability between the Historical Centre and the Upper Areas.
Framed by the sustainability strategy, develops a pilot project for Electric Bike.


Framed by the sustainability strategy of the Municipality of Agueda for the adoption of better environmentally friendly and energy efficient means of transportation, associated with a local culture of the two-wheeler industry, metallurgy and lighting, the municipality issued a challenge to companies inside the Municipality of Agueda to develop a pilot project for Electric Bike.

In an innovative approach, the electric bike was tested by the population of Agueda, which highlighted the following capabilities: ease of travel in steep terrain, travel in comfort and speed, and transportation of people with reduced mobility due to reduced effort. The feedback from users has allowed the company to improve certain aspects of the bicycle itself, so that it could best serve the citizen in the city of Agueda.

Parallel to the development of the prototype bike, conditions were created for the movement of bicycles and their parking, for example with the construction of 29 kms of cycle paths within the city and its signalling.

The promotion and education for cycling were not also forgotten: at the macro level, the local government is one of the stakeholders consulted by the IMTT [Instituto da Mobilidade e dos Transportes Terrestres, I.P. / Institute for Mobility and Land Transportation, Public Institute: the central administration body responsible for the coordination of inland transport] for a National Plan to Promote Cycling, at the micro level, projects are developed with schools to promote the use of bicycles and to educate for road safety (e.g. Agueda, Safe City) and university (ESTGA / UA) [Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestao de Agueda / Universidade de Aveiro: School of Technology and Management of gueda / University of Aveiro] for the simulation of virtual travel and animation of cycle paths / footpaths, as well as the awareness of the workers of the local authority to travel on electric bikes during working hours.

Currently, the project team is developing an innovative parking and sharing system for smart bikes, using the Wimax network installed in the municipality, which allows not only video surveillance of the parks, but also the detection of the exact location of the bicycle, number of available bicycles, their use conditions (e.g., battery capacity, among other features).

Keywords: Electric Bike; Sustainable Mobility; WiMAX network; Cycle paths; Innovation; Local Agenda 21; battery charging system; parking system; security system.


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