covilh£: mobility in a mountain town

Covilh£: mobility in a mountain town
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    NovaTerra Connected Cities / february 2007 / 32

    Jorge Humberto and Gaspar Gonalves, Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI), Portugal

    Frank van der Hoeven, Delft University o f Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands

    Photos: Jorge Humberto and Gaspar Gonalves

    The activities of the Connected Cities network include showcase

    workshops. These are based on a give-and-take formula in which a

    partner can invite other partners to illustrate an inspiring case study

    or present an iss ue or a problem an d ask for advice . The Mobility in

    Covilh showcase is a clear example of the latter. Showcases are

    prepared in advance. In the case of Covilh the local authority and

    the university produced a lengthy paper and a comprehensive

    presentation. Both documents provide insights in the main

    characteristics of the town and the mobility problems it faces. Low

    density mountain town Covilh, founded in 1186, is a large town of

    35,000 inhabitants in the eastern midlands of Portugal. The town is

    located on one of the hillsides of the highest mountain of continenta

    Portugal. Around half the population live in Conceio, Santa Maria,

    So Martinho and So Pedro, the four central parishes. The urban area

    of Covilh has a low population density, only a third of the national

    average.

    The easiest way to describe Covilh is to divide it into three parts: th

    uptown, the downtown and the new town. The uptown includes the

    historic centre, old residential buildings, churches and services such

    as banks, insurance companies, medical serv ices, shops, the town hal

    local government offices, police and fire brigade, the main university

    buildings and day care centres. The downtown has the train station,

    Steep gradients in Covilh uptown.

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