From the realization of living more slowly to the new definition of spaces and roles for traditional means of transport. The pandemic has changed our habits, but what the future holds for truly sustainable mobility is now the subject of reflection by scholars, researchers and technicians, who have gathered at the conference "Moving tomorrow" promoted by the Laboratory for Sustainable Mobility at the University of Siena.
A discussion to understand the sector's best practices, but also the changes taking place. “Our lighthouse for moving forward is entrusted to the Pums," stressed Stefano Brinchi, president and CEO of Roma Servizi per la Mobilità, one of the speakers at the conference. "With this Plan we would like to move from 36% to 52% ; the percentage for sustainable mobility, i.e. public transport plus soft mobility, reducing the share of private traffic".
One of the key elements of the Pums is "environmental islands, the heart of the new cities, the cities of short distances. Interventions for remodelling spaces to experience the neighbourhoods in a different way, whilst also making local commerce flourish again".
The environmental islands in Piazza Perin del Vaga, Via Stilicone and Largo Agnesi were completed some time ago, and work is currently underway in Quadraro Vecchio, Casal Bertone and Ostia Antica, as well as a project on Via dei Castani in Centocelle.
Cycling and the central role of Europe in promoting it.
At the Muoversi domani conference, a review of international projects
In 2016, the network of bike lanes in Rome totalled 242.83 kilometres. By 2019, this had risen to 251.68 kilometres, and by 2020 it will have reached 284.93 kilometres, adding together definitive and transitional lanes and routes built by the municipalities.
Those nearing completion will total more than 300 km. The spaces reserved for new mobility, i.e. sustainable mobility, are growing in the capital.
With this trend, "Europe can make a contribution to the growth of active mobility in the city," explained Francesco Iacorossi, project manager of Roma Servizi per la Mobilità, during the "Muoversi domani" conference. The P.a.s.t.a. project had already investigated the benefits for people in switching from a motorised vehicle to a mix of cycling, public transport and walking.
"In 2018 - recalls Iacorossi - the 'Handshake' project started, which aims to transform ten cities (in Italy, Rome and Turin) into cycling capitals. Through solutions, methods and good examples coming from Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Munich".
And Rome is under the 'protective wheel' of Amsterdam. "Next year - anticipated Iacorossi - through this project we will send representatives who are opposed to these changes to the Dutch city.. They will talk to their counterparts: it will be a way to dispel the idea that investments in cycling and pedestrianism damage the market.