How travel in the city is changing

Repower photographs urban mobility in the seventh edition of the White Paper

“Almost 1 out of 2 Italians (46%) has reduced the use of the car, especially in their free time, in order to save money (survey commissioned by to mUp Research). The car thus becomes less and less of a status symbol and, in parallel, a trend that the pandemic had given rise to is strengthened, namely that of making greater use of means of transport with two or three wheels for getting around the city and in your free time: these are cheaper and more suitable vehicles for better personalizing, adapting and planning one’s travel experience, used in sharing, a trend that has been gaining ground in large Italian cities for some years now”. This is how Repower, a group active in the energy and sustainable mobility sector, photographs mobility in the city in the seventh edition of the White Paper ‘Sustainable mobility and electric vehicles’.

The coexistence of four-wheeled vehicles and urban micro-mobility is a challenge in terms of safety. In Italy in 2022 – the Repower analysis recalls – there were 3,476 accidents involving bicycles and electric scooters together with other vehicles. At the top of the standings is Milan, with 1,214 accidents, followed by Rome, Bologna, Florence and Verona. In the first eight months of 2022, 105 cyclists lost their lives on Italian roads. “A number that should make us reflect on the need to rethink the concept of urban mobility by putting people at the centre, adapting the urban fabric and the driving style of all vehicle drivers”, we read.