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Participating city

56.297 inhabitants

Local contact

Assessorato alla Mobilità Sostenibile
Rosa Calò
Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 41
70032 Bitonto
++39 0803716157

Participation 2008

The participant is committed to:

Organising a week of activities, taking into account the focal theme.
Actions relative to the theme:
In line with what has already been achieved with students, the actions planned for the European Mobility Week 2008 have the following objectives:

- to inform about the extent, variety and the danger of fine particles and gases emitted by vehicles for urban and individual transport (cars, motorcycles);
- to raise awareness about the need for sustainable urban mobility - cycling and pedestrian – in order to limit the emissions of toxic gases in the air;
- to convey the importance of the air quality for the health of citizens, especially the weaker ones(the elderly, children);
- to test and show techniques for air monitoring (lichenous biomonitoring, monitoring through use of passive samples);
- to inform the citizens about regional and provincial activities regarding the air monitoring (positioning of units for the detection of air quality);
- to illustrate the practices and techniques of mobility management to reduce the emission of toxic gases when citizens go to work.
Carrying out a Car-Free Day event by closing one or more streets to traffic, and opening it to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. This should preferably happen on 22 September to mark your town or city as part of World Car-Free Day.
Zone opened to residents on Car-Free Day:
The chosen area is in the northeast of the city near the historic centre. It includes the town garden, an important “extra moenia” monastery, the main street with the City Hall, two important squares because they mark the boundary between the new and the old part of Bitonto.
The choice responds to the wish to discourage the use of cars in the new areas of the city where the structure of the streets and the larger number of public transport services should promote the use of alternative means of transport.
In addition, the organization of events planned for "in town without my car" requires the use of central streets crowded on Sunday in order to meet a more effective support from the citizens.
Implementing one or more new permanent measure(s), which contribute(s) to modal transfer from private car to environmentally sound means of transport.
Permanent measures implemented this year:
New or improved bicycle facilities
  • Improvement of bicycle network (creation of new lanes, extension, renovation, signposting etc)
  • Develop public bicycle hiring and sharing systems
  • Improvement of bicycle facilities (parking, locks etc)
  • Create or enlarge pedestrian streets
Public transport services
  • Improvement and extension of the public transport services (express services, increase frequency etc)
  • Development of new technologies to improve public transport
Traffic calming and access control scheme
  • Speed reduction programmes in zones near schools
  • New traffic regulations: traffic circulation and parking
  • Removal of architectonic barriers
  • Launch of accessibility plans
  • Create useful tool for people with reduced mobility
New forms of vehicle use and ownership
  • Launch of online car-pooling and car-sharing schemes
Mobility management
  • Launch of awareness-raising campaigns
  • Elaboration of educational materials
  • Development of travel plans / mobility plans in consultation with local stakeholders
  • Development of systems and equipment for measuring air quality in public places