Source: Tomas Allen.

Redevelopment of the “Variante da Encosta” diversion in the municipality of Braga (Portugal).

The Municipality of Braga (Portugal) has completed the second phase of the comprehensive redevelopment works of the “Variante da Encosta” along the axis formed by Avenidas D. João II, Alfredo Barros and dos Lusíadas as well as its connection with Minho University.

Project requirements and objectives.

With an investment of three million euros, funded by the Regional Norte Operational Programme – NORTE2020, the project will improve pedestrian traffic conditions in the city through a series of different actions.
As part of the project, new pedestrian crossings were created, roundabouts were redesigned and measures were taken to calm traffic on the streets in order to humanise the public space.
These measures will help reduce car ownership in the city and promote greener, friendlier and more sustainable modes of travel.

Some of the interventions that will allow for more sustainable movement of people were: the comprehensive renovation of pavements, the construction of a bicycle lane, the creation of accesses for people with reduced mobility, and the rezoning and reinforcement of public lighting.

Proposed solution.

ZICLA public space Redevelopment of the “Variante da Encosta” diversion in the municipality of Braga (Portugal). 1The proposed solution for the “Variante da Encosta” included the construction of seven kilometres of cycle lanes connecting it to Minho University, with 20,000 m
2 of accessible trails and a cycle lane segregated with ZICLA
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separators on Avenida D. João II, plus the reduction of vehicle traffic speed on the streets.