In January 2019, the City of Venice adopted its Replication Strategy, signed by the Mayor’s Delegate for Smart City and Innovation, Luca Battistella.
The Strategy was a result of both the exchange with the Smarter Together light house cities through the numerous workshops and seminars held during the project implementation and the participatory approach adopted at local level to involve citizenship and local stakeholders in the process of definition of the Strategy.
The participation process was implemented by the City of Venice staff (Mobility Dept.) with the support and collaboration of external facilitators and the linked third parties (AVM, VERITAS, IVE and VENIS) involved in Smarter Together. During 2018, 5 meetings of the local “task force” were organised: the task force mainly involved citizens, local associations, schools, families of the project target area, the Gazzera district, with the aim to define objectives, strategies and necessary actions to produce a Sustainable Mobility Plan of this area.
In relation to the idea of smart city, the task force discussed problems, ideas and goals in the following thematic fields: environment and health, education and work, services, public space and participation and obviously smart mobility as a result of all these themes. Moreover, stemming from the smart solutions experienced by the City of Vienna (Sim-Mobili and E-car sharing and charging infrastructure at Hauffgasse) and Munich (E-mobility station), the task force studied some particularly innovative actions in the field of mobility to promote more sustainable alternatives: the urban living lab, the neighbourhood car-sharing and the mobility station.
The solution “Urban Living Lab for the Gazzera SUMP” was already implemented by the City of Venice with the realization of the Smart Bus-Lab Project between September and November 2018. The bus was used as a “travelling workshop” to gather ideas and solutions to enhance the liveability and improve the mobility of the Gazzera district. It was visited by more than 600 people.
The other two innovative solutions, among others, will be the methodological pillars of the next sustainable mobility plan for the city (the preliminary phase has already started), in the belief that to achieve a more sustainable mobility, the strategic infrastructure projects should be accompanied by strategic actions aimed at changing citizens’ behavior towards more responsible lifestyles.