The RECIPROCITY partner Istanbul Okan University organised a local mobility workshop. The workshop, taking place on 30 June 2020, gathered over 40 key local stakeholders including, among others, representatives from The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation, The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and The Pendik Municipality.
The presentations and discussions offered very useful information and conclusions. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation has been active in a number of smart and clean mobility initiatives. They are keen on cooperation with local governments and R&D organisations. They are actively involved with RECIPROCITY as External Expert Advisory Board member.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB) Open Data Portal, operational since 2019, is an essential infrastructure of inter-organisational collaboration.
All speakers emphasised the importance of cooperation among different categories of stakeholders. Moreover, it was concluded that further support must be provided by legislation to local authorities on issues such as emission taxing or city center parking charges. On top of that, the participants highlighted the need to provide incentives for clean vehicles by legislative authorities at the national level. European initiatives in this direction may stimulate national measures.
IBB has been active in Sustainable Mobility Plans (SUMP) and has quite a number of available results. It has also established specialised departments for pedestrian and bicycle mobility.Technological solutions have been guided by public needs, e.g. after Covid-19, ISBAK has developed and IBB has deployed touchless pedestrian right-of-way request buttons.
Smart public transportation and integration of last mile solutions with long-haul services such as metro or sea transport are high priority agenda items. Image processing and big data technologies are currently being explored to support smart public transportation and traffic management issues. Alternatives to e-scooters for micro-mobility are also being investigated.