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Elba: Sustainable Mobility Laboratory of the Future

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How it will be the future transport and mobility in the Island?

Summary of the results - meeting 10-11 May 2017 (Portoferraio)

May 2017


The “Laboratory of the Future” was held on 10-11 May 2017 in the island of Elba, at the Hotel Airone, San Giovanni, Portoferraio. The summary of what emerged from the discussion - problems and proposals – is provided in the following pages. The complete proceedings of the Laboratory activities are public, and its dissemination is recommended to the citizens, to the authorities and to the other stahelders involved.

The steps towards the shared agenda were structured in three sessions spread over two days, as shown in the table below:

10 May Afternoon

(first session)

ü What is happening today: global mobility trends and how they affect the situation on the island.

ü A first analysis of the goals and actions to be taken to improve access and mobility on the island

May 11 morning

(second session)

ü Discussion and development of objectives and action with stakeholders interested in island development

11 May Afternoon

(third session)

ü What to do? Discussion with representatives of public administrations concerning actions deemed useful to undertake in the direction of sustainable mobility of residents and tourists to / from and on the island

In the first session, participants identified the major factors influencing the past evolution of mobility in the island.

In the second part, the focus shifted on the future, identifying those factors representing risks and opportunities for future mobility. Besides, in the second session, participants have also identified initiatives or actions that can be accomplished - even directly with their contribution, aiming at the realisation of the likely future.

In the third session, participants have presented conclusions and suggestions in the plenary session, to discuss the feasibility of initiatives to be developed for promoting the shared Action Plan.

The “agenda for changes” emerging from discussion is illustrated in the following tables.





· Framing the Sustainable Mobility Plan into a Strategic Plan and an Elba Program Agreement (A.P.E), to be shared between organizations and associations interested in the sustainable development of the island.

· Deliver a map of the existing professional transport operators (buses, taxis, cc rentals, boat rentals, motorbike rentals, liner shipping and cabotage), and carrying out a study concerning transport flows and mobility patters, in view of planning new Elba transport mobility services.


· Establish an Elba sustainable mobility office / agency for public transport, mobility and traffic (planning and management).

· Appoint Mobility Manager figures (e.g. in schools, hospitals, hotels, etc.).

Involve Elba’s business entrepreneurs, who with far-sightedness would like to develop and expand their business with initiatives that are not yet existing in the area.

Communication and Participation

· Involve all the municipalities in the island and the relevant public administrations (e.g. Ente Parco).

· Involve in the project the Associated Tourism Management (GAT), shipping companies, bus companies, state railways company.

· Involve recreational, natural, cultural, and sports associations (e.g. C.A.I), that can help the identification of new potential SUMP users.

· Consider Interventions on schools to raise awareness, training and change mentality of young people, in order to promote a sustainable mobility culture.

· Creating a common identity of a sustainable island to capitalise in Italy and abroad: what type of island do we want to show to the world?

· Standardise the various forms of communication related to mild or soft mobility (hiking, biking ...) and collective mobility (taxis, buses, shuttles, rentals).

· Set-up a participating lab for sharing plans, projects, Elba programs, with the perspective to set-up build a permanent lab site.



· Better accessibility and territorial continuity with the territory of the Tuscany Region, see PRIIM, also in relation to the need to break down architectural barriers for vulnerable users (disabled, children, the elderly).

· Better co-ordination among transport companies (integration of timetables, multi-modal tickets, tariff integration, e.g. bus and ferry tickets).

· Improve transport service between the Campiglia rail station and Piombino Marittima rail stations.

· Carry out a feasibility study for a new train line between Venturina e Piombino.

· Set-up a bus station at Piombino harbour (including a parking area).

· Improve accessibility from Pisa airport to Piombino (via rail and road links), also through private managed road transport services (such TERRAVISION coaches).

· Enhance air connections at the Marina di Campo airport, while paying attention to the risks of environmental and acoustic pollution.

· Improve sea-connections from the coast, as suggested by various private operators (mini-cruises).

· Introduce dedicated "shared" ships (during morning and afternoon period) at discounted rates.

Soft mobility

· Enhance bike pathways as a network of unique off-road bicycle lanes in the world.

· Encourage small cabotage to/from island beaches, also by means of small electric boats.

· Set-up bile sharing services.

· Create a touristic tour office that is responsible for cycling or walking tours by visiting the various Elba municipalities and sites of historical and cultural interest.

Shared mobility (and private mobility)

· Incentive car-pooling.

· Set-up of an App providing information of all transport services (shared mobility and not).

· New information and transport signalling to be restored and renewed throughout the island.

· Replace the San Giovanni traffic light with a roundabout.

· Set up new parking policy across the island.

· Encourage the use of electric vehicles (e.g. free parking for electric vehicles, with dedicated stalls and facilities for recharging, and free access to restricted traffic areas).

Collective mobility

· Improve transport information: timetables, info stations for stops, geolocation of public transport.

· Strengthen new lines and use eco-sustainable transport.

Planning new alternative public transport systems to encourage youth mobility in the age group of 14-19 years.

· Introducing a passenger service in summer season between San Giovanni and Portoferraio, to relieve traffic congestion on the provincial road access to Portoferraio.

· Set up a maritime public transport for Cable, Blue Bay, Campo and Marciana.

· Set up a collective taxi service serving internal areas.

· Integration of museum tickets (e.g. Villa Napoleon) with local public transport means.

PRIIM: Regional Integrated Plan for Infrastructure and Mobility, Tuscany Region, 2015