New Planning Approaches Mentorship: Meet the replicator Algowatt S.p.A of Genoa, Italy

Algowatt S.p.A of Genoa, Italy is benefiting, in the framework of the Urban Transports Community's Mentorship Programme, from the experience of the pioneers Split in Croatia and Barcelona City Council in Spain, on the topic of new planning approaches.

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Genoa is in the process of revamping its city's bike sharing system. In this context, algoWatt, a company providing support on sustainable mobility measures to the city of Genoa, is participating in the Urban Transports Mentorship program as Replicating City. Within the program, algoWatt is sharing knowledge and competences with other European Pioneer cities - Barcelona and Split – whose planning and management of their bike-sharing system are considered best practices to learn from.

Every city, despite its similarities with others, has its own characteristics. This implies that the implementation of any mobility measure being inspired by other cities needs to be adapted to the geomorphological and sociodemographic context and the mobility needs of diverse users. Fundamental in this process is the role of the Mentor who, engaging a dialogue with the RC algoWatt, aims to bring to light the real conditions and needs of the replicating territory, taking inspiration from those winning elements developed elsewhere and adapting them to the purpose, by means of targeted indications. Being the Mentor of algoWatt, MemEx carried out a thorough analysis of the context of Genoa and an in-depth assessment of the measures developed in Barcelona and Split. Thanks to different meetings and exchange of experience, it has been possible to identify those technical elements - some indispensable prerequisites, others coming from lessons learnt, to which particular attention should be paid from the outset - for successful replication.

Though highlighting common problems in the management of the bike sharing system in the city, such as high costs for hardware and infrastructure maintenance, side service cost (e.g., costs for repositioning bikes in the stations), constraints of the city and its urban structure (narrow streets, few bike lanes, hilly areas), a set of enlightening experience-based solutions have been brainstormed and discussed. Thanks to gamification strategies, Barcelona is rewarding users performing virtuous actions, such as deliberately balancing the bikes in the stations; in Split, the number of e-bikes is progressively increasing to assist users who need to go up the hill. Enhancing users' acceptance and educating all road users, a more sustainable transport environment is being developed.