Have nicer and easier areas to walk in the city is the premise of this project, to make you discover, travel and wonder the city.

Re Urb, Setúbal, Portugal

With world population increasingly living in cities, the space occupied by these cities is increasing and there is a problem that increasingly plagues the cities, the use of the automobile as the elected means of transport.
Increasingly, attention is paid in lifestyle and what to do to improve health. The aging and less healthy lifestyles emphasize the increased prevalence of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular and brain disease, hypertension and diabetes. Overweight and obesity are also a major health problems, both in Portugal and at European level. Added to these, the elderly population is increasing. All these groups have difficulties in their daily commuting, some due to the age factor and others by the practice of a sedentary lifestyle. The heavy reliance on car use and the existence of increasingly attractions that keeps us at home and sitting on the couch, are behaviors that lead to a sedentary person.
Walking helps you lose weight and you have a more active and healthy lifestyle. It is the main and essential means of transport, more sustainable, economic and accessible anytime. A supportive and safe urban environment for pedestrians leads to these feel more stimulated and encouraged to walk. This means of locomotion can always be supplemented with the use of public transport that although isn’t free, still is an inexpensive means of transport.
It thus becomes necessary to return the urban centers to pedestrians. European cities with the greatest economic vitality, are the ones that had and continue to have, reconquest strategies of the space that formerly belonged to the car. The main problems related to the increase in urban traffic is traffic congestion, pollution, noise and accidents, which result in a very significant cost to all the member states of the European Union, about 502 billion euros. Another factor is the loss of urban space, because of the motorized transport infrastructure, such as lanes and parking space, occupy valuable space in city centers.
So become necessary to promote a solution that lies in better management of existing infra structure and not in their permanent expansion, a fact that has contributed to the increase of individual transport. While it is clear that the car-based mobility will continue to be an important part in how to plan the city, we have to create incentives to use alternative transport (public transport, cycling and walking), in addition to also ensure comfortable and free of barriers and obstacles footpaths.
Have nicer and easier areas to walk in the city is the premise of this project, to make you discover, travel and wonder the city.
After an analysis to this city and the way people move, this project was created as a way to address the need for information and pre-defined routes in the city. The main idea went through using the simplicity from subway lines in the walkways through the city (urban area). This project consists of the creation of five main lines connecting points of interest, services and other relevant sites, which means that the lines are more concentrated in the city center but always likely to increase when necessary. The routes set are designed so that anyone can go through even the pedestrians that present some difficulties. This intervention is useful for a person who visits the city does not feel difficulty in understanding where are the points of interest and get a route that links them and guides their walk. As for people with walking difficulties is useful know they have an easy way to go and with minimal obstacles to overcome. The paths are equipped with small stations every 300 meters approximately, containing this information on the path and a zone of rest. There are some striking points along the paths that translate into large stations, usually incorporated into squares, gardens or meeting spaces. These areas will also be reformulated to make them more attractive.

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Re Urb, Setúbal, Portugal

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