UAlg distinguished with the National "Mobility on Bicycles" Award

The University of Algarve has been distinguished with the National "Mobility on Bicycle" Award, an initiative of the Portuguese Federation of Cycle Tourism and Bicycle Users (FPCUB). The distinction follows UAlg's shared mobility programme "UAlg Eco Bike", a short-term loan system, implemented since 2020, with funding from the Environmental Fund to the MOBI 2021 project.
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According to the federation, the FPCUB award, created in 2006, aims to "publicly acknowledge the contribution of entities or individuals who have promoted the use of the bicycle in its multiple aspects, through the creation or improvement of conditions and facilities in Portugal and/or the dissemination of initiatives fostering the use of this non-motorized mode of transport".

In the 16th edition of this award, besides the University of Algarve, the following institutions were also awarded in the "Higher Education Institutions" category: Colégio Luso-Francês (Working Group "Projeto Pedalar") and Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave.

To receive the award, on September 20th, besides Alexandra Teodósio, vice-rector of UAlg, were present in the ceremony the teachers Luis Nunes and Nuno Rodrigues, responsible for the implementation of the action in the Academy.

It is recalled that in 2020, the University of Algarve launched a shared system UAlg Eco Bike, providing 100 bicycles for use by the academic community free of charge and temporarily. This is an inclusive and sustainable project within the scope of promoting habits of physical and sporting activity and encouraging forms of light mobility for all.

For the University of Algarve, the paradigm shift from an essentially motorised mobility to the use of increasingly sustainable models of conduct will have to be made at the cost of a shared effort between civil society and public bodies.

It is UAlg's goal to significantly increase the percentage of students and staff opting for mobility with UAlg Eco Bike, thus contributing to a healthier society and effectively contributing to the Ecological Pact of carbon neutrality in Europe.