“DATA GATHERING ON BICYCLE MOBILITY”, Uti Del Noncello, Italy
RESHAPING MOBILITY CHOICES AND LIFE RHYTHMS DUE TO COVID19
STARTING OBJECTIVES before COVID19
Data gathering relating to cycling (and vehicular) journeys on the main routes between 5 UTI Municipalities, through installation of 2 sensors per Municipality for 6 months, with a short-term objective of identifying the preferential roads on which to plan the creation of cycle paths.
In the long term, assuming the development of the mentioned plan:
- reduction of vehicular traffic
- reduction of CO2 emissions
- better air quality
- improvement in citizens’ health.
RESHAPED CHALLENGES due to COVID19
1)During Italian PHASE 1: does it make any sense to install sensors for mobility if there is no mobility?
2) In PHASE 2: mobility seems to have regained its power…how long will this situation last?
3) Public procedure for installation of the sensors stopped because of Covid19. If we keep this pilot, sensors will not be placed before September: does it make any sense to install sensors for bicycles in autumn-winter?
4) Possible new pilot: purchasing of e-bikes for every Municipality?
5) UTI del Noncello is closing and Melinda project management will be taken over from another local body. Any new decision will need a new a round of consultations.
Start-up description of the pilot project idea
Uti del Noncello is a network of 5 adjacent Municipalities: each Municipality has its own local plan for mobility, traffic and related infrastructures, thus lacking coordination in the interventions in a rather small area (93.667 inhabitants on a surface of 176 square km, with an average of 553,5 inhabitants per square km). In particular there are currently no safe cycle paths along the main routes connecting the different Municipalities. The Pilot will include also the municipality of Cordenons due to the functional connection existing between the main centre of Pordenone and this small but adjacent settlement.
Pilot project challenges
The main challenge is to reduce the use of personal cars for transport in UTI territory, where the trips made by personal cars are up to 78% of total, and where officially there are 1,5 cars per resident aged 18 and more. The occupancy rate is only 1,25.
Main and specific objectives of the pilot project
The possible improvement is the construction of more, safer and better articulated cycle paths not only within, but also between the Municipalities of Uti del Noncello, especially considering the quite high general awareness (at least perceived, pending to be confirmed by project surveys) of citizens on the importance of alternative mobility solutions. The pilot proposed is the preliminary phase of data gathering to set up such a plan, in order to identify and quantify possible users.
In the short term, with the mere actions of this pilot, the Uti aims to: gather data to develop an infrastructural plan for inter-municipal cycle paths. Data on traffic flows along specific roads segments in each municipality composing the Union will be gathered though sensors and integrated by survey data coming from the local populations and regarding perceptions and actual use of roads and bicycle infrastructures. In the long term, assuming the development of the mentioned plan:
- reduction of vehicle traffic,
- reduction of CO2 emissions,
- better air quality,
- improvement in citizens’ health,
Pilot project target groups
The end users interested by UTI Noncello Pilot are members of the general population living in the area of the inter-municipal union. The aim is to reach the broadest part of population possible, in particular bikers but also other individuals, in order to better plan bicycle infrastructures and understand reasons and drivers hampering people in using the bicycle.
The main association dealing with bicycle mobility is FIAB Pordenone (cfr. next section), but to reach the goal of reducing the vehicular traffic, the end users we aim to involve are citizens that do not use the bicycle yet.