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Smart Pedestrian Net

European Union
Geo-spatial type
Total project cost
€984 928
Project website
STRIA Roadmaps
Smart mobility and services (SMO)
Transport policies
Societal/Economic issues,
Environmental/Emissions aspects
Transport sectors
Passenger transport


Background & Policy context

Cities are facing growing mobility challenges due to the strong dependence on cars. Motorised traffic is recognisably a major source of air and noise pollution in cities. In the EU, urban mobility accounts for 40% of CO2 emissions and up to 70% of other pollutants. The sustainable mobility concept is focused in shifting this pattern towards non-motorised or more sustainable forms of mobility. Walking is a soft and active mode strictly related with sustainable mobility as it reduces traffic congestion and pollution and has positive impacts on health. SPN is a project focused on improving walkability in cities. SPN intends to provide a model to help European cities to improve walkability as one of the important dimensions of smart, sustainable and inclusive development.


Smart Pedestrian Net has three main goals:

  1. Assess the conditions provided to pedestrians;
  2. Estimate the cost and benefits of promoting walkability; and
  3. Develop a navigation system, by combining specific criteria with pedestrian preferences.

The project will be tested in the cities of Porto and Bologna with the aim of guiding urban andtransportation policies. The overall goal is to provide a model to help European cities to be people-oriented by improving walkability as one of the important dimensions of smart sustainable and inclusive cities.


The methodology is as follows: 

  • A GIS multi-criteria and space syntax analysis to assess the urban conditions and street connectivity
  • Multi-actor participatory approach with stakeholders, surveys and workshops
  • Real time data in the navigation system and a website to publish findings


Parent Programmes


Lead Organisation
Universidade Do Minho
The Rectory, Largo do Paco, 4704553 BRAGA, Portugal
Organisation website
Partner Organisations
Camara Municipal Do Porto
Praca Do General Humberto Delgado, 4049 001 Porto, Portugal


Technology Theme
Sustainable urban mobility plans
Systems to promote active travel

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