Every initiative happening around Cycling is important and can help a process of mobility democratisation. During the Webinar #4: "SOFT MOBILITY in Mediterranean Cities" held on October 28, 2020, all the speakers have highlighted how a decisional process involving more actors, and the users of a service, can improve the services and the planification of Urban Mobility.
“Be brave, because by defending the rights of the pedestrians you will defend the rights of the mobility” this is how Josep Canals, Secretary General of MedCities started the #4 Webinar of our Thematic Community, focusing on Soft Mobility.
Democratizing mobility and the participatory process at every institutional level was the Leitmotif of this webinar.
This position was shared and reinforced by Esther Anaya Boig, Cycling mobility consultant and expert. She showcased the Integrated Cycling Policy, illustrating all the components to take into account for a sustainable policy on Cycling Mobility such as: the Regulation, the Infrastructure, the Planning and Strategies, the Training and Coaching, the Governance, the Cultural and social movements and the Communication.
Aurora Pilinci, Mobility expert at Durres Municipality, presented the Bike Lane network extension, a pilot project in Durres, made possible thanks to the SUMPORT project which allowed to connect the two old bike lanes of the city. She explained how the process was realized through a participatory methodology. She highlighted that the main issues in realising these kinds of projects can only be solved when the institutions understand the real need of mobility in cities and hear from real users.
The participatory process was even confirmed as a valuable methodology by Mariona Conill from Mobility Department AMB, who, presenting the Metropolitan bike lane Network aiming at connecting 36 municipalities through 242km from cities centers to their economical areas, introduced the monitoring tool to receive data about the use and the impact of the project.
Although the right way to proceed is to foresee every challenge you may face, Marco Affronte, Mobility unit of Misano - Adriatico - Mobilitas project, also stressed the fact that sometimes the quality of work means adapting what has been previously done to changing situations. Presenting the “Bike lane Upgrade” he highlighted the adjustments and the improvements done in order to meet the real need of citizens and “where they want to go”, such as color signs indicating the directions of the bike lanes.
You can watch the video recording of the webinar here
> Josep Canals, Secretary General of MedCities
9h45 THEMATIC KEYNOTE SPEECH:
“The Integrated Cycling Policy Framework”, Esther Anaya, soft mobility expert
10h15 PIONEERS’ PRESENTATION
> Aurora Pilinci, Mobility expert at Durres Municipality - “Bike lane network extension”
> Mariona Conill, Mobility Department AMB - “Metropolitan bike lane network”
> Marco Affronte & Alberto Rossini, Mobility unit of Misano - Adriatico - “Bike lane upgrade”
11h15 FINAL DISCUSSIONS