In 2003, Bologna adopted its Urban Traffic Safety Plan based on the Italian road safety plan and the EU’s White Paper on Road Safety. With CIVITAS MIMOSA Bologna will test a range of road safety interventions and assess their merit. A particular focus will be on the introduction of a 30 km/h speed limit pilot area and exchanging information with other MIMOSA project partners to learn from other cities’ experience.
The main objectives of the measure are to:
- Improve road safety;
- Demonstrate the effectiveness of a combination of infrastructure interventions and other activities;
- Realise an innovative 30 km/h speed limit pilot area; and
- Integrate the road safety plan with an extensive deployment of ITS control systems.
Bologna’s Urban Traffic Safety Plan from 2003 set out to halve the number of fatal accidents and accidents with serious injuries by 2010. Since the adoption of the plan, numerous measures have been implemented and intermediate results from 2005 confirmed that the city was making good progress. However, achieving the goal to halve casualties and serious injuries has proven challenging. Bologna realised that conventional measures such as providing a set of infrastructural interventions are not sufficient to reach its ambitious goal. Instead, the city decided that future efforts must take a long-term approach and involve citizens and stakeholders to a greater extent.
A scientific and detailed roadmap has been outlined in the Road Safety Masterplan. The plan identified the need for a comprehensive study to provide a set of technical insights and a statistical report on road accidents, a list of black spots and priority areas on which to concentrate efforts, as well as detailed plans for individual crossroads or streets.