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How Lisbon’s mobility strategy has made it a role model in Europe

Christopher Carey speaks with Miguel Gaspar, Lisbon’s Deputy Mayor for Mobility and Safety, about keeping citizens, regulators and operators happy in a world of fast-changing priorities

Photo: Walkerssk | Pixabay

Ten years ago, Lisbon was in dire straits. The 2008 financial crisis had hit the Portuguese capital hard and its citizens faced uncertainty, high unemployment and a decaying infrastructure.

Tough steps were taken to get the country back on track, which included a bruising austerity programme imposed by the EU, the IMF and the European Central Bank.

But looking at the city today–with its regenerated buildings and busy streets–the mood has changed. There is an optimism flowing through the capital reflected in the boom in tourists and tech workers cramming on to the city's sleek trams or riding the latest e-scooters.

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