Italy ‘fully sharing’, shared mobility beats the pandemic

Sharing mobility services in Italian cities are starting to grow again. Micromobility monopolizes the offer and Milan is the city with the most offer

Italy full of sharing. There shared mobility it exceeds the shock of the pandemic very well and starts to grow again. Scooters, bikes, scooters and car sharing: there are 49 Italian cities with at least one shared mobility service, triple compared to 2015. To date, about 15 million Italians can rely on almost 90,000 vehicles. There micromobility, such as scooters and scooters, monopolizes the offer with 91% of the alleys shared. The Fifth National Conference on Sharing Mobility, organized byNational Observatory on Sharing Mobility (born from an initiative of the Ministry of Ecological Transition, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility and the Foundation for Sustainable Development), and in partnership with Deloitte, RFI, Uber, Voi Technology, Share Now, Key Energy, Via, Expomove, Bit Mobility and Nordcom, took stock of the state of the art of Italian sharing mobility and presented the Fifth National Report on sharing mobility.

The Italian cities of sharing mobility

Milan is confirmed as the city of sharing mobility and multimodality and is first in all 3 indicators (distances, number of vehicles, number of rentals) and has all types of vehicle sharing. Rome grows and ranks second, especially in terms of fleets. In third place Turin. Other metropolitan cities follow (Bologna, Florence, Bari, Genoa). In the top 10 also medium-small cities such as (Pescara, Rimini, Verona). Brescia is worth mentioning, with a very efficient public bike sharing and a station based car sharing. Only Milan, Rome, Turin and Florence have all 4 sharing services. Among the larger cities, Naples lags behind, does not have a scooter sharing service, and car sharing is small. The cities that have at least one sharing mobility service are divided as follows: 26 in the north, 10 in the center and 13 in the south. The south is the part of Italy that has mostly chosen the scooter as the only mode of sharing mobility with six cities, Catania, Enna, Messina, Trapani, Cagliari and Sassari. The only cities in the south with at least 2 services are Naples and Palermo.

Mobility is getting lighter and lighter

Over the past 5 years, the average weight of a shared vehicle has gone from 400kg to 120kg. 91% of shared vehicles in Italy are micro-mobility vehicles (scooters, bicycles, scooters). This trend is explained by the preference of people to rent vehicles that do not have parking problems and allows to reduce travel times and to almost zero environmental impacts because they are vehicles without engine or with electric motor. On the other hand, Italian cities need to rapidly improve the provision of infrastructures suitable for this type of vehicle, including dedicated parking spaces, to ensure space and safety for all modes of transport.

Sharing mobility: the new challenges

Despite the numbers that confirm the maturity reached by sharing mobility, the future presents new challenges. It will be necessary to increase its diffusion: more than 50% of the Italian capitals do not yet have a sharing service; overcome the north / south-central divide; develop it even in small and medium-sized cities. In order to extend sharing even where private entrepreneurship cannot guarantee the needs of the community, it is also necessary to support sharing mobility services with models similar to those used to support public transport, but with a volume of resources of scale. significantly lower. The Observatory simulated the order of resources to be committed annually to establish an effective bike sharing service in the 76 provincial capitals that do not yet have them. Putting about 35,000 shared bicycles on the road, serving about 7 million more Italians than today, would mean increasing the resources of the National Fund for local public transport by only 0.5% per year. An important element that emerged in the Conference is that of the role that railway stations could have in the coming years as “catalysts” of shared mobility, allowing the various sharing services to have dedicated and easily identifiable spaces.