As the call for sustainability grows louder, the Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) is embarking on a transformative journey to reduce the reliance on private vehicles for commuting to the Valencian port. In a bid to create a more eco-friendly and accessible port, Valenciaport has initiated a ‘Sustainable Transport to Work Plan.The valenciaport source.
- Valenciaport is launching a ‘Sustainable Transport to Work Plan’ to reduce private vehicle commuting and enhance accessibility, aiming for a 15% reduction in CO2 emissions.
- Insights from a workforce survey show a strong willingness among employees to leave cars at home if more public transport and safe cycling options are provided.
- The plan emphasizes harmonizing pedestrian, cyclist, personal mobility vehicle, public transport, and electric car access while prioritizing road safety within the port area.
A Vision for a Greener Port
Valenciaport’s ‘Sustainable Transport to Work Plan’ is a visionary initiative that seeks to transform the Commercial Port of Valencia into an environmentally responsible and accessible hub. The plan envisions a harmonious coexistence of pedestrians, cyclists, personal mobility vehicles, public transport, and electric cars within the port premises, all while prioritizing road safety.
Insights from the Workforce
To kickstart this ambitious plan, Valenciaport conducted a preliminary diagnostic study with active participation from 24% of its staff, including office personnel, stevedores, and transport companies. The results highlighted the urgent need for rearranging the port’s infrastructure to facilitate safer and more convenient travel by bicycles, electric scooters, and even on foot.
Shifting Commuting Patterns
Notably, approximately 58% of port employees reside in the city of Valencia. Insights from the participatory process revealed a strong willingness among this group to leave their cars at home if more public transport options and safe access points for bicycles and skateboards were available. Residents of nearby towns, such as Paterna and Torrente, have proposed the implementation of shuttle buses, further emphasizing the importance of a comprehensive transportation strategy.
Paving the Road Ahead
The ‘PAV Sustainable Transport to Work Plan’ has set a promising goal of reducing private vehicle trips by at least 15% in the short term, with an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions. The plan’s development has been awarded to a dedicated team, including input from the port’s workforce. With a timeline of six months, this team is tasked with proposing actionable measures that will significantly advance sustainable commuting options for the Commercial Port’s staff and office area. In parallel, Valenciaport is collaborating with social agents, local councils, and public institutions to realize urban reorganization and enhance public transport for a greener, more accessible future.
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