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PROPOLIS land use and transport management project


Taking up the work of the SPARTACUS project, PROPOLIS aims to investigate and develop integrated policies for land use and transport with tools and methods of evaluation in order to define strategies for long-term urban sustainability from a triple perspective: environmental, social and economic. For each of these dimensions a series of indicators are drawn up which enables the measurement of the level of sustainability of the different policy options involving these perspectives.

To analyse this level of sustainability of management models for land use and transport, PORPOLIS also offers am evaluation system by means of the information provided by the indicators, ordered in the following way:

  • Configuration of urban space in small spatial units enabling the calculation, with the information provided by GIS (Geographical Information System), of the environmental impact of the various policies as a function of the percentage of the affected populations
  • Economic evaluation through a complete analysis of costs and benefits
  • Evaluation of the sustainability of the environmental, social and economic aspects of the urban programmes

  • Spatial representation of the results.

This system has been used in 7 European cities, Helsinki (Finland), Dortmund (Germany), Inverness (United Kingdom), Naples and Vicenza (Italy), Brussels (Belgium) and Bilbao.

The metropolitan area of Bilbao

There are two main aims for the Greater Bilbao area: the restructuring of the industrial sector the transformation of metropolitan Bilbao into the main centre for regional services. To this end, PROPOLIS has put forward the following strategy:

  • Incorporating abandoned industrial land into the urban structure
  • Boosting the urban expansion zones, increasing their accessibility
  • Reducing the negative effects of private transport encouraging public transport.

Uhaina Atxotegi Alegria
ELHUYAR Fundazioa
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