ECOMM (European Conference on Mobility Management) is a global event, the true meeting place for everyone involved in mobility management and every year attracts between 300 and 400 people to the city which hosts it. Throughout its 22 editions it has been placed in numerous countries and cities in Europe. Cascais, due to its pioneering and interest in this matter, was the place chosen to host the most recent edition of ECOMM.
The creation of ECOMM goes back to the year of 1997, in Amsterdam, as the final conference of the MOMENTUM research project. It took place again in the following year in Nottingham, with the newly formed International Programme Committee (IPC) in charge of its organization.
Aiming to pursue this project, several member states from the European Union united, in 1999, to form the European Project known as EPOMM – European Platform on Mobility Management, a network of governments in European countries which are involved in Mobility Management. This project was then turned into a non-profit international organization in 2003, with the organization of ECOMM as one of its main tasks every year.
Since then ECOMM has been a meeting point for politicians, engineers and scientists, as well as everyone who practices and is involved with mobility. This three-day event offers a diverse and relevant number of experiences, like excursions, keynote speeches, presentations and workshops and even an exhibition.
The last edition of ECOMM was initially meant to happen in Cascais in 2020, but had to be cancelled due to the pandemic of COVID-19. However, a unique event took place Online: ECOMM 2020 ONLINE! In a total of 7 debates, several authors of the submitted papers got together to discuss the most pressing themes regarding mobility and with an additional focus on mobility in light of the pandemic of Covid-19. You can find everything about this event on its official website.
ECOMM will be back in 2021, in Cascais!
EPOMM is the European Platform on Mobility Management, a network of governments in European countries that are engaged in Mobility Management (MM). They are represented by the Ministries that are responsible for MM in their countries. EPOMM is organised as an international non-profit organization with seat in Leuven (BE).
The main tools to achieve the aims of EPOMM are:
- Policy Transfer: We provide tailor made support to assist direct transfer of the best policies from other countries or from EU projects to each member country.
- Training and Workshops: We organise and arrange trainings, have a trainer and training materials database and award a training quality label to trainings that meet our standards.
- National Focal Points (NFP): our national networks. We help to develop them and foster the communication and interchange amongst them and to the European level.
- Our website, containing the most updated and most in depth information on MM available.
- Our monthly e-update: this is thematic news providing the actual highlights, mainly from the EPOMM member states.
- Online tools: the two more popular tools are TEMS – The EPOMM Modal Split Tool with modal split data from over 350 cities and MaxEva, the standard evaluation tool for MM projects.
- ECOMM: The renowned yearly European Conference on Mobility Management takes place every year in a city in an EPOMM member state.
- EU-relations: regular contacts with European institutions and cooperations with CIVITAS, ELTIS, the UITP, POLIS and EUROCITIES make our voice heard in Europe.
- EU-Project Networking: EPOMM is an efficient way to disseminate project results from European Projects, through our NFPs, our e-update, our trainings and our website. After a EU-project finishes, the EPOMM-website is the best way to maintain and further disseminate project results.
- Secretariat: through our contact point you are able to get the information you need for your MM-projects.
With this array of tools EPOMM sets the Agenda for MM in Europe and creates a range of benefits for its members.
The municipality of Cascais has a privileged location, including in a unique way the blue of the Atlantic Ocean and the green of Serra de Sintra. Its maritime coast with 30 km alternates between wild and urban beaches, while the magnificent landscapes of Serra de Sintra work as true postcards. Culturally active, the municipality of Cascais offers countless cultural events, including music, gastronomy or sports, encouraging interaction not only within the municipals but also the visitors of Cascais.
The town of Cascais has had a strong relationship with the sea throughout its History and it has always been a place of passage, a safe harbour for travellers and a departure and arriving point for Portuguese boats that went away during the Age of Exploration. It also has always been a fishing area that quickly became one of the biggest suppliers of fish of the capital, Lisbon. The fishing activity was so important to Cascais that it was even registered on its coat of arms, through a silver and green wave, representing the sea, covered by a golden net, representing the fishing activity.
As years went by, steamships were introduced and merchant navy appeared, Cascais also became a centre of tourism and nautical sports. Nowadays, professional fishing on the Cascais coastline is an artisanal activity focused on the most commercial species, such as octopus, sea bass, some crustaceans and sardines. Thus, the village of Cascais maintains a fishing activity based on ancestral roots, which brings the highest quality fish and seafood to the village’s restaurants, daily.
Walking through the streets of Cascais is traveling to the past, to the second half of the 20th century, a time of Kings and spies; is remembering the visitors, the exiles and refugees that sought shelter in Cascais; is getting to know such an important player in the Portuguese fishing activity. Walking through the streets of Cascais is walking through History.
The municipality of Cascais took on the role of Transport Authority of the Municipality of Cascais (ATMC) and assigned to its internal operator, the municipal company Cascais Próxima, E.M., S.A. the competences to develop and exploit the integrated system of sustainable mobility, that it has designated MobiCascais. This system comprises parking, public transportation, the public network of bike sharing and the integration of other modes of transportation and services.
Cascais is a smart city that puts itself at the service of the citizens and offers them a higher quality of life, aiming for a clean and environmentally friendly municipality. In a short period of time (since 2016) an integrated sustainable mobility management system – MobiCascais – has been implemented. It is based on a digital platform, which offers a diverse and flexible set of mobility and service solutions that meets the needs of the inhabitants, workers and visitors of the county. Since the 1st of january 2020, Cascais has become the country’s first municipality with zero-fare public transportation.
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An innovative digital application, developed from scratch, that allows its users to consult the real-time schedules and transport delays, the estimated time to a certain stop, the number of available parking spaces, the existing bicycles in each station, the possibility of booking them at the desired stations, among other functionalities. Users are also able to subscribe/ purchase the available services on this App.
In order to raise awareness to the importance of universal accessibility, as a condition of an inclusive territory and full citizenship, during the Conference and the tour periods specific experiences of mobility will be provided for people with special needs. This theme is also a crosscutting theme for the conference.
The calendar of events promoted by the municipality of Cascais is attractive. Cascais is the stage of a vast and diversified annual program of international media events – Longines GCT of Estoril, Estoril International Golf Week, Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival, Cascais RC44 Cup, Estoril Jazz, Cascais Classic MotorShow, Estoril Conferences, among many others. Whitin the scope of mobility, it aims to actively promote and participate in the debate on new mobility solutions at an European level.
Cascais is only 25 km away from the Lisbon airport. Using the Subway and a railway line you can quickly reach Cascais, which also has urban transportation services. Cascais also offers a huge range of accommodation of all types, from luxury hotels to B & B, including hostels and AirBnB.
MobiCascais is the integrated sustainable mobility management system of Cascais, based on a platform integrating several transport service operators and a network of infrastructures and equipment. Its goal is to offer a diverse and flexible set of mobility solutions and services that meet the needs of the municipality’s inhabitants, workers, students and visitors.
From the beginning, MobiCascais has sought to promote the use of public transport and soft mobility solutions and has become a national and international example of an integrated, affordable, efficient and sustainable mobility system, offering a diverse and complete package of options for a better mobility within the municipality.
Almost five years after its creation, the approximately 210,000 residents and 1.2 million tourists who visit Cascais have at their disposal bicycles for bike sharing or leisure, buses, scooters, parking spaces, electric chargers and a car sharing service, the result of a partnership with Hertz. All these services in a single application that is more intuitive.
Cascais took a step forward in 2020, offering free public transportation for every resident, student and worker of Cascais. Since the 1st of january, 2020, more than 60.000 people have registered to travel free of charge.