Following the successful Smart Mobility forums organized in 2015, 2016 and 2017, the Institute of European Democrats has organized the Smart Mobility Forum 2018 focused on Multimodality, which was held on Friday 30 November 2018 in the Republic of San Marino.
The European Commission, in fact, has declared 2018 the "Year of Multimodality" in order to foster the importance of multimodality (the use of different and optimally combined transport modes during the same journey) in the EU transport system. The core of new multi-modal urban mobility concepts is to combine public transport with other motorised and non-motorised modes as well as with new concepts of vehicle ownership.
This involves car-sharing, bike-sharing and ride-sharing going along with the trend of sharing and using instead of possessing vehicles.
Multimodality is one of the key approaches towards a greater sustainability in urban transport, as it contributes to reducing CO2 emissions and air pollution concretely improves the quality of life of European citizens while also helping the EU to reach the Paris Agreement's goals.
The discussion was opened by the welcoming speech of Marco PODESCHI, Secretary of state Education Culture and Technological Innovation of The Republic of San Marino and Roberta CANCEDDA, on behalf of the Institute of European Democrats.
In the panel discussion, the participants were: Connie Mark SKOVBJERG, Rural Coordinator Sønderborg Municipality (Denmark), José Fernando GONZÁLEZ VARA, Technical Head of Master Plan Department of Urban Planning Bilbao (Basque Country) and Lorenzo BERTUCCIO, President Euromobility (Italy). The conference was moderated by Davide Giardi.
The conference aimed at bringing together experts from local authorities, associations, politics and research to analyse how emerging technology and good practices can help European urban areas to conceive and deploy connected mobility solutions and above all sustainable.