Webinar #5: Shared Mobility in Mediterranean Cities

During this webinar, that took place on November 4th, 2020 in the framework of the Urban Transports Community Webinar Series, pioneer cities presented their experiences and lessons in relation to shared mobility solutions they implemented so as to ease the adoption of similar solutions by other Mediterranean cities. In fact, shared mobility solutions is one of the key steps towards a Mobility As A Service approach and the principles of circular economy. Using shared vehicles makes the ownership of private vehicles unnecessary, reducing occupation of space and environmental impacts.

Shared mobility is a term used to describe transportation services that are shared among users, including public transit; taxis and limos; bike sharing; car sharing (round-trip, one-way, and personal vehicle sharing); ridesharing (car-pooling, van-pooling); ride sourcing/ride-splitting; scooter sharing; shuttle services; neighbourhood jitneys; and commercial delivery vehicles providing flexible goods movement. Hence, what people need is to radically rethink the problem by examining not only the automobile itself, but also how it is used in cities (where most are currently living).

Floreta Kërtusha, EU Project Manager at Durrës Municipality, introduced this webinar dedicated to this specific topic of shared mobility in Mediterranean cities. Aurora Pilinçi, mobility expert, then introduced the concept, modalities and importance of shared mobility solutions to reduce traffic congestion, mitigate various forms of pollution, reduce fossil fuel consumption, and improve efficiency of transportation means. Her presentation is available here.

Hrvoje Matas, EU Project managers on mobility, Municipality of Split presented the new bike & e-bike sharing system in Split, Croatia made possible thanks to the REMEDIO project. He explained that the first integrated public transport system in Split was implemented through a mixed contingent of 20 electric and 30 classic bikes on 8 locations. Each system includes bikes, parking stands, terminals with communication units, application software, etc. The first year of implementation gathered around 8 000 users. An extension of up to 210 electric and 136 classic bikes in 67 locations, even in sub-urban areas is planned by the end of next year. His presentation is available here

Sotiris Serdenis, External expert, Regional Unit of Thesprotia displayed the Bike sharing system in Igoumenitsa, Greece, made possible thanks to the SUMPORT project. He stated that "SUMPORT offered the opportunity to implement eco-friendly urban mobility solutions by getting more people on bikes with the aim of supporting the shift to non-motorized mobility patterns in the city of Igoumenitsa". The current bike sharing system has been extended with new rental stations and the number of available bicycles has been increased. His presentation is available here

Carolina Navarro Correcher, Mobility, Cruises & City-Port Director, Fundación Valenciaport explained the implemented Carpooling for port workers in Valencia, Spain, made possible thanks to the SUMPORT project. Thanks to the project, a carpooling system has indeed been implemented in the port of Valencia, allowing workers of the port to share their own cars, reducing the number of vehicles with only one person onboard. This system is particularly useful for destinations with a high number of daily commuters, such as this journey home - workplace. Her presentation is available here

You can watch the full video recording of the webinar here