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How Lisbon is transforming its mobility landscape with e-scooters

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Ten years ago, Lisbon was in an emergency. The 2008 financial crisis hit the Portuguese capital hard and its citizens faced insecurity, high unemployment and declining infrastructure.

Hard steps have been taken to get the country back on the move, including an austerity program imposed by the EU, the IMF and the European Central Bank.

But when you look at the city today with its renovated buildings and busy streets, the mood has changed. There is optimism in the capital, which is reflected in the boom in tourists and technicians who get on the city̵

7;s elegant trams or drive the latest e-scooters.

Read: [Global e-scooter numbers could quadruple once lockdown measures lift, analysts say]

In 2018, Lisbon was the first Portuguese city to receive the European Commission’s Green Capital Prize, endowed with EUR 350,000. The jury praised him as an “inspiration and role model for cities across the EU, which clearly shows that sustainability and economic growth go hand in hand. ”

“People who visited 10 years ago and now come back always say how different things are – they can understand the change, it is very visible,” said Miguel Gaspar, Deputy Mayor of Lisbon for Mobility and Security.

Gaspar is a civil engineer and has worked in public and private transport for the past 16 years. He was instrumental in developing the city’s mobility strategy, which aims to promote sustainable travel while giving public space back to the residents.

“We want to give the city back to the citizens,” says Gaspar, who became the deputy mayor in 2017. “In my role [as Deputy Mayor] I was given the opportunity to take action to be part of a political project that affects urban life. “