ITAINNOVA held a local mobility workshop in Zaragoza

On 17 June, the Local Mobility Workshop was held in Zaragoza with the mobility ecosystem of Aragon. It was attended by 24 participants including cities, companies, associations and technology centres.

The first part of the workshop consisted of an introduction to the RECIPROCITY project, and a presentation of the results of the interviews run by the project in the past months.

After that, the Mobility City Project presented the challenges of the new clean, safe and intelligent mobility, followed by a panel discussion with the City of Zaragoza, the transport company Avanza and the Technological Institute of Aragon.

The last part was an interesting discussion and contributions about the local challenges of urban mobility (last mile, decarbonisation of public transport through hydrogen vehicles, and Mobility as a Service as main points of interest).

Turkish stakeholders discussed smart and clean mobility

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.

RECIPROCITY organised a local mobility workshop in the Czech Republic

On Thursday, June 17th, 2021, the RECIPROCITY partner Regional Development Agency of the Pilsen Region (RRDP) organised a local mobility workshop as part of the project. A number of European cities exchanged their experiences in terms of transport and smart mobility.

The meeting was attended, among others, by the Deputy Mayors of the City of Pilsen, Mr. Michal Vozobule and the City of Pardubice, Mr. Petr Kvaš. The representatives of the City of Jihlava were also actively involved. The workshop offered an inspiring discussion among local mobility experts about the importance of public transport and e-mobility. In particular, the need to better support these mobility segments was highlighted.

Another topic gaining importance in the area which was discussed within the workshop relates to the issue of parking organisation. The City of Pardubice proposed to amend a part of the Road Act to empower cities and municipalities to have better control over parking regulation and the use of parking zones for residents.

Furthermore, the presenters introduced a transport planning software currently being developed by a dedicated team of The Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of West Bohemia which, once finished, will help cities to plan travel routes, to run public transport but also to calculate the effectiveness of the deployment of certain types of vehicles or rolling-stock.

To improve urban transport planning, the team of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of West Bohemia is developing a software that cities can use to plan travel routes, to run public transport lines and to calculate the effectiveness of the deployment of certain types of vehicles or rolling-stock.