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Roma Capitale – Councilor Drago and sustainable mobility
Rome’s IX Municipality (ELVITEN project partner) councilor Alessandro Drago was interviewed by Wheels Telling about the town’s participation in a European project on sustainable mobility.
Here you can read a summary of the interview.
In the second half of 2016, once the Municipality of Rome received a request to participate in a European sustainable mobility project, Rome’s IX Municipality became one of its pilot areas. The European Commission Call’s goal with the introduction of such an initiative is to spread the use of light electric vehicles. Next to Rome’s participation in the project, 6 cities were also invited and able to choose between different types of vehicles. These vehicles were categorized according to their power namely bicycles, scooters, tricycles, and quadricycles, all of which were electric. As such, Trikala in Greece opted for the tricycle, Genoa and Berlin for the scooter, Malaga, Rome, and Polytechnic of Bari for the bicycles (category Le1a). The latter vehicle holds more power than bicycles with pedal assistance and stands just below the maximum power threshold of the law. Additionally, the EU gave us funding and the technical partners granted us with 60 bicycles, free of charge, as well as 10 e-hubs (closed charging stations).
Even though this project was ambitious, some difficulties emerged especially regarding a lack of information on the legislation to be implemented. In fact, even though the bicycles were produced in the United Stated and homologated in the Netherlands by following a strict procedure applicable to all EU countries, each country has its own road code and interprets the European directive on electric vehicles differently. In addition to this obstacle, the Ministry of Transport announced that all electric bicycles riders needed to be equipped with a valid driving license, a helmet and insurance. The vehicle in question also had to present a number plate. In fact, all bicycles with an accelerator and power exceeding the limit of 250 Watts were considered as like a moped and are, therefore, under similar regulations. As such, the Municipality of Rome had to tackle the issue by providing a helmet, as well as a nominative insurance coverage to all its 60 users. Consequently, facing an increase in administrative costs, which were ultimately supported by the European Commission.
Regardless of the bureaucratic difficulties, we are proud to announce that with the bodies assigned to the vehicles we carried out this project with 7,700 trips for 38,000 km. Even though the project ends soon, our municipality intends to keep using these light electric bicycles with an internal sharing solution. As a matter of fact, the 4 ‘charging booths’ and bicycles are already installed in our courtyard and the implementation of ad hoc management will be able to supervise the intended ‘corporate’ sharing.
To read to the original article (in English and Italian) please click here.
Rome’s IX Municipality (ELVITEN project partner) councilor Alessandro Drago was interviewed by Wheels Telling about the town’s participation in a European project on sustainable mobility. Here you can read a summary of the interview. In the second half of 2016, once the Municipality of Rome received a request to participate in a European sustainable mobility […]
Register to the ELVITEN final event
After months of demonstrations on how Electric Light-Vehicles can be used in urban areas, and integrated into the existing transport network, ELVITEN project is coming to an end.
Register for the final event which will be organised on 21 October 2020. The event will be a held online.
To register to the final event, please click here.
You can also have a look at the program here.
ELVITEN promotes innovation, sustainability, and urban mobility in Europe through demonstrating the usefulness of electrified L-category vehicles (EL-Vs) for urban transportation in six pilot cities: Bari, Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Rome, and Trikala. Its aim is to achieve a mind shift among users and propose replicable usage schemes to address the issues surrounding the market deployment of EL-Vs. It also generated detailed guidelines for service providers and planning authorities to integrate EL-Vs into existing networks. Data and feedback have been collected and analysed from real users, meaning ICT tools were deployed to broker and book existing charging points and EL-Vs, engaged users and managed incentives.
Over 40000 trips were performed during the demonstrations phase in ELVITEN 6 cities. Interestingly, Trikala seems to be the city were EL-Vs were mostly used, with 9841 trips, followed by Rome with 7968 trips. During the event, ELVITEN’s further achievements, as well as vision will be discussed with the participants. The role of electromobility as a mean and solution towards a climate-neutral continent will also be investigated.
ELVITEN’s objective was to commit to more innovative and more sustainable transportation in Europe. Attend the final event to find out if the project reached its goal.
Watch the ELVITEN final video to better understand the project, and to get an overview of its most important milestones.
After months of demonstrations on how Electric Light-Vehicles can be used in urban areas, and integrated into the existing transport network, ELVITEN project is coming to an end. Register for the final event which will be organised on 21 October 2020. The event will be a held online. To register to the final event, please click here. You can also have […]
EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2020: Promoting zero-emission mobility for all
This year’s EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2020 theme emphasizes the importance of accessibility to zero-emission transport and promotes an inclusive framework which involves everyone.
Watch out for car-free streets, interactive workshops and walking tours in towns and cities from over 40 countries from 16 to 22 September. This is the 19th year of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK and its well-known car-free day. Streets will close for motorised traffic, and allow pedestrians, cyclists, e-scooter riders, hoverboarders and more to roam freely in the city.
This event provides a unique opportunity for local governments in Europe to enable its residents to test out different active mobility models and discover the many benefits of other forms of sustainable transportation.
In addition, in cooperation with the event, the European network of road traffic police forces (ROADPOL) is organizing a campaign for road safety – the ROADPOL Safety Days. During the campaign, police forces will record the number of road fatalities on 17 September, their aim is zero deaths. Public events will emphasize the role of every road-user to reduce and avoid fatalities, as well as the traffic police’s importance in enforcing rules and working towards the EU’s ‘Vision Zero’ which is zero road deaths or serious injuries in Europe by 2050.
EU Transport Commissioner Adina Vălean said: “This year is a big challenge for our towns and cities. But the pandemic also showed us that people appreciate and expect our cities to become safer, cleaner and accessible to all. During this week and beyond, our partner cities from all around Europe will show how greener and more digital European towns and cities could look like.” Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, towns and cities have maximum flexibility when participating. Local authorities can register their events and infrastructure initiatives, but can also provide online alternatives, and measure to help people moving around safely.
Besides towns and cities, participation by others is early encouraged, such as NGOs, schools and higher education institutions and businesses. All are welcome to register their MOBILITYACTION all year round.
Local authorities can apply for several awards in context with EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK:
- EU Urban Road Safety Award, rewarding for innovative measures to improve road safety. The registrations are open from 29 September to 31 October 2020.
- EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards, for local authorities, who make efforts to promote sustainable urban mobility during the campaign. The call for applications is open from 29 September to 31 October 2020.
- SUMP Award is presented to local and regional authorities that accomplished great achievements in sustainable urban mobility planning (SUMP). The deadline for registrations is 31 October 2020.
If you are a city, register for EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2020 here.
If you are an NGO, Business, or School, you can register to the MOBILITYACTION here.
For more information click here.
Source: EC DG Mobility and Transport
This year’s EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2020 theme emphasizes the importance of accessibility to zero-emission transport and promotes an inclusive framework which involves everyone. Watch out for car-free streets, interactive workshops and walking tours in towns and cities from over 40 countries from 16 to 22 September. This is the 19th year of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK and its well-known car-free […]