Funchal, Portugal

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Population

city: 110,892

Land area

76 km2

Population density

1469 inhabitants/km2


Funchal is the capital of Madeira, a Portuguese region with political and administrative autonomy, situated in the Atlantic Ocean. The city is one of the main entry ports in Europe, as it benefits from a strategic location that provides high centrality, putting Funchal in a privileged connection position with the world.

The city is located on the South side of Madeira Island, with 76 km2 divided into 10 parishes. Funchal has one of the highest population densities in the country (almost 1 500 inhabitants / km2), with a population around 112,000 inhabitants (2011). The floating tourist population contributes to the already high population density of the city.

Embraced by mountains, Funchal is situated in a beautiful natural amphitheatre, which poses a particular challenge to the development of public transport network and the promotion of alternative modes.

Funchal’s main road network consists of radial roads built along streams and transverse roads at altitudes between 0.4 and 200 metres, complemented by very narrow and sinuous roads. Despite the challenges posed by nature, the public transport service offers a total of 66 transporting a total of 30 million passengers a year. Urban streets in the city historical centre have been progressively closed and constructed coastal promenades to promote pedestrian mobility and leisure activities.

Mobility has always been a core issue in Funchal in which the Municipality has been working to develop and implement innovative measures towards a more sustainable mobility. However the topography of the island, the hilly landscape and the touristic flows are an issue for local mobility, producing additional pressure on public transport vehicles and making cycling and walking underprivileged means.

Modal Split

13
27
60
Year 2011

Source:

Census

Year

2011

PT
Walk
Car
11
33
56
Year 2007

Source:

Mobility Study for the City of Funchal

Year

2007

PT
Walk
Car
11
33
56
Year 2007
13
27
60
Year 2011
PT
Walk
Car

Contact person for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

Lívia Silva

Telephone: +351 966 288 567
Email: ptLivia.Correiacm-funchal
City website:http://www.cm-funchal.pt
Political representative: Bruno Martins, City Councillor with responsibilities upon Traffic and Mobility

Participation in previous and current EU transport related projects

  • CIVITAS MIMOSA (2008 - 2012)   (show/hide more information)
    Participation in the project CIVITAS MIMOSA, aimed to improve urban mobility in the city of Funchal, a decrease of optical energy consumption and pollutant emissions in the transport sector, together with technological innovation. The CIVITAS MIMOSA allowed the implementation of several pioneering and innovative measures related to sustainable mobility, namely access restrictions, vehicles and cleaner fuels, lifestyles with less use of the car among other initiatives. As an example there is the implementation of the Green Line, a collective transfer from high frequency and energy efficient. The Green Tarifa, a discount of 50% for holders of electric / hybrid vehicles. Other measures include the observatory Mobility, bike transportation, SMS, awareness campaigns, among others
  • Convenant of Mayors (2011 - 2020)   (show/hide more information)
    The Covenant of Mayors is the dominant EU initiative that unites local and regional authorities in the shared commitment to improving the quality of life of its citizens, contributing to the objectives \
  • Match-Up (2018 - 2022)   (show/hide more information)
    • The overall objective is to embed multimodal mobility strategies into the Project Partners’ policy instruments by defining design requirements concerning interchange nodes and transport services for managing and coordinating the interchange, and by developing tools and methods to assess different policies and design scenarios and to define the priority level of multimodal actions.
  • CIVITAS Forum Network
  • CIVINET España y Portugal

Status of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan

Currently, the municipality is to study the possibility of continuing the car restriction policy in the city, through the closure of streets to traffic and the introduction of traffic calming measures. In parallel, the municipality is organizing awareness campaigns in order to foster more consistent mobility habits with the guidelines of the European Commission. The following link explains in greater detail the areas: http://www.cm-funchal.pt/mobilidade/

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