Rome's new sustainable mobility option - going to work by electric bike
95 workers share 60 super-bikes for home-work commuting
- December 03, 2019 11:30
- Monika Dimitrova
Rome Municipality is taking part in the European Elviten project (Electrified L-Category Vehicles Integrated into Transport and Electricity Networks), financed for 36 months by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) of the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 research and development program. In Rome, partner of the project is the Town Hall IX Eur.
The main aim of the project is the long-term sharing of electric bikes. In July the pilot experimentation was started in Rome, providing 60 electric bicycles to public bodies and private companies for free use. The e-vehicles have pedal assistance, but also have the option of an engine allowing speeds of 25 km/h. Precisely because the bikes can be motor driven they are registered as two-wheel mopeds and require a driving license and a license plate as well as the use of helmet.
60 super-bikes rotate among 95 workers for home-work commuting
Up to now, the Town Hall IX has put into circulation 60 super-bikes that rotate among 95 workers for home-work commuting: 49 for Roma Municipality, 46 for other bodies and companies. But these numbers are planned to increase within a few months.
Bikes can be used throughout the municipal area, the service is free following registration on platforms where you can download a specific geotracking app on your smartphone. Rome Municipality is planning to create mobility corridors with speed limit of 30 km/h on the road or routes dedicated only to electric vehicles.
The European Elviten project is coordinated by ICCS (Institute of Communication & Computer Systems) in Athens. It involves 21 public and private partners from 8 different European countries (Greece, Denmark, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland) who work together to encourage the use of light electric vehicles in different urban areas of the pilot cities: Berlin, Genoa, Malaga, Rome, Bari and Trikala.
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