Making urban mobility sustainable: in 4 steps

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Vision underpinning the plan

The quality of life in the urban area is strictly connected to sustainable mobility management.
The goal is to allow citizens to easily and fully move in the city but, at the same time, to limit the negative effects produced by traffic, such as air and noise pollution.
The SUMP is oriented to enhance the mobility of residents and city users so that they can give priority to walking, cycling or using the public transport. This not only helps to improve the environmental conditions and quality of the urban areas, but it also allows the citizens and tourists to enjoy public spaces otherwise occupied by parked vehicles, effectively increasing the city liveability.

Long-term strategic objectives
  • Promote bike use
  • Secure and extend bike lanes
  • Increase and promote use of public transport
  • Change park pricing in order to discourage access to the city centre by car
  • Build safer road infrastructures
  • Increase intelligent technologies connected to mobility
  • Reinforce education and training for all road users
  • Enhance monitoring
  • Set and reach an objective concerning road victims and injuries.
Mid-term goals

Reduction of emissions are foreseen as follows:
47% PM10 by 2020
36% NOx by 2020
27% NH3 by 2020
27% VOC by 2020
7% SO2 by 2020

25% reduction of road victims.

Specific indicators

Context analysis
Procedures for collecting data: data research through public databases
Sources: Ravenna Statistics Office, ACI, ISTAT, ISFORT
Before the process of drafting the Plan, a working group has been created and a Negociation roundtable has been set in order to define the participation procedures. Key stakeholders in city social life have been invited to take part
The measures and actions undertaken by the SUMP are willing to support a balanced development of intermodal transport defined within the participatory process and according to the inputs arising from the environmental assessment to be carried out underway
Procedures for monitoring and evaluation are defined and implemented. One is the Strategic Environmental Assessment; during the implementation of the measures, a set of performance indicators will be provided
Participation in a regional call for financing activities related to mobility issues.

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The new Ravenna’s SUMP tries to switch from the tradicional mobility plans, more focused on car mobility, to a new concept of modal, sustainable and accessible mobility for all.
Also, it seeks to more easily connect the city with its 64 surrounding smaller towns.

the city


The city of Ravenna in the Emilia Romagna region, located halfway down the Italian coast overlooking the Adriatic Sea, is about 150 km south of Venice. The city landscape is totally flat, while the district has some hills; coastal wetlands are protected by a large natural park. In December 1996 some of the city’s early Christian monuments were inscribed in the UNESCO list as human heritage, for the supreme artistic mastery of the art of mosaic. The coastal resort facilities of Ravenna welcome tourists each summer, visiting the city for the beautiful architecture, the coastal landscape and the relaxing, pleasant atmosphere. Ravenna is also a port city: the Port of Ravenna is the only one in Emilia Romagna. Thanks to its strategic geographical location, the Port of Ravenna is the Italian leader in the trade with the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea (nearly 40% of the national total, excluding coal and petroleum products) and with the Middle and Far East, being one of the 83 European "core ports". The connection to the motorway network ensures fast transfers to the Italian Northern regions, the Alpine countries and Central and Northern Europe. The railroad facility infrastructure allows Ravenna to move by train about 12% of goods in transit. This is also possible thanks to the work carried out by specialized companies and by over 50 forwarding agents.


Population: 158,911 inhabitants





(Picture by Joel Müller)