• Almada, Portugal

City Summary

The City of Almada is one of 18 municipalities within the Lisbon Metropolitan Area with services as a major aspect of the local economy. Transport accounts for 32% of Almada’s GHG emissions. In an attempt to reduce this, the city supports a multimodal transport system which aims at supporting energy efficient, low carbon mobility, contributing to increase the quality of life in Almada and foster a vibrant local economy.

Almada has committed to the principles of sustainable development in many ways and has displayed leadership and high achievement in the field of sustainable mobility since the last couple of decades. Numerous successful actions aiming at the improvement of urban mobility have been carried out, to meet the needs of its inhabitants and visitors. Also, the improvement of the eco-efficiency of the transport sector has been a priority, to reduce its energy and environmental impacts.

Almada is a leader in sustainable mobility. Since its first Local Strategy for Sustainable Mobility (2001), the city has improved multi-modal opportunities, introducing a tram system in 2008, accompanied by an urban renewal of the city center, which improved accessibility and positively influenced citizens’ mobility behavior.  These efforts have been recognized in the 2010 European Mobility Week Award.

Targets/ Vision

The City Council of Almada’s success is a reflection of its strategic planning which takes an integrated, multi-thematic approach towards a more sustainable city. The City Council is currently implementing its second Strategic Plan for Urban Mobility in Almada (PUMA), (2015 to 2025).

The PUMA targets the following five areas for implementation: Increase efficiency within the mobility system:

  • Increase and improve public transportation services;
  • Prioritize ‘soft’ travel modes such as walking and bicycling;
  • Improve transportation circulation and regulate parking;
  • Improve urban logistics

In 2014 Almada completed their first Sustainable Urban Logistics Plan (SULP).

Achieved results


  • Creation of new pedestrian and mixed areas
  • 20 km/h speed limit within the city center
  • Introduction of traffic calming measures and safe routes for students that walk or cycle to school


  • Addition of 31 km of cycling routes and bicycle parking improvements at 70 locations
  • Promote co-modality bicycle/public transport
  • Developed 4 Bicycle Parks (Almada’s Bici-Parks) in underground car parks (safe and convenient for residents and workers)
  • Promoted shopping delivery by bicycle (online platform)

Public Transport:

  • Studying the feasibility for a BRT system
  • Revising the bus routes for a public tender to be launched in 2018
  • Enhanced 4 Multimodal Interfaces
  • PT network consisting of 3 tram lines, more than 60 bus lines, 3 boat stations, 1 train station (suburban and national trains)

City Statistics

Population (2011)
Area (in sq. kms)

Modal split (2017)

  • Walking 17%
  • Cycling 1%
  • Public Transport 36%
  • Personal Car 46%


Reducing GHG in Almada by 80% by 2050

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