The environmental association writes a letter full of proposals to the president of ANCI and mayor of Bari Antonio De Caro. A package to change the face of cities with a particular emphasis on urban mobility.
“Reboot needs green solutions innovative and courageous for mobility, do not give us back the old cities ”. This is one of the opening words with which Legambiente opens its letter to the Italian mayors. A complete message full of concrete proposals to adopt, thanks to the lockdown situation, positive changes in view of the restart of transport and the economy.
“To overcome the coronavirus emergency and to restart the Italian cities, exceptional answers and solutions are needed. For this, dear Mayors, do not limit yourself to the ordinary, do not give us back the old cities. Your job requires vision of the future, unprecedented solutions, ability to guide the community towards new frontiers. And today that we have all experienced an exceptional condition, there is no better time to dare the extraordinary. Together we can do it. "
The courageous proposal aims to reverse a trend that appears difficult to reverse: that of distrust of public transport, which for a while will be considered the first and only option only by those who have no alternative, given the crowding. Unless action is taken by introducing or strengthening initiatives present today to a lesser extent on almost the entire Italian territory. And then the acceleration in the transition to electricity, the incentive to smart working and more. Measures can also be implemented quickly, with relatively limited resources and some already available. The important thing is to have a plan and a direction.
Our cities can be a fantastic test to prove that we can change the world for the better by experimenting with the streets green towards new development models. Stefano Ciafani, national president of Legambiente
Here is a summary of the 5 proposals that Legambiente presented to Italian mayors:
Safety on public transport
Careful planning of journeys, guarantee of safety distances and careful monitoring of vehicles and stations. Introduction of turnstiles to quota the entrances and daily sanitization. Obligation of masks.
Most cycle cities
Temporary cycle paths taking advantage of the now empty roads along the busiest routes. The goal is to transform them in the following months into real cycle paths, taking advantage of existing laws and funds. Well done cycling networks, perhaps by copying successful formats such as that of the Bicipolitan of Pesaro.
Strengthening of sharing mobility
Make way for sharing vehicles, alternatives to public transportation (for those who don't want to use them) and private cars. Cars (electric), bikes, e-bikes, scooters and electric scooters. Offer sustainable and cheap mobility to Italian citizens, also with agreements between municipalities and companies in the sector.
Encouraging car scraps and the transition to sustainable mobility
Here are the funds already provided for by the Climate decree. 75 million for 2020, 180 for subsequent years. 1.500 euros for families who scrape an old car (Euro3 or more polluting) or 500 euros for an old moped. to purchase season tickets, e-bikes and sharing mobility.
More smart working
Push on agile work to reorganize the public administration and the activities that choose it. Rewarding tax benefits for both companies and workers who focus on innovative smart working and community mobility management solutions.