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Bari is a city of 328,000 inhabitants and is the capital of the province of Bari and of the Apulia region on the Adriatic coast in Italy. It is well known as a port and university city, as well as the city of Saint Nicholas. Recently further areas are claimed for pedestrians and bykers, as well as public transport is given priority...

The modal split in Bari in 2001 was: private cars 72 percent, public transport 14 percent, pedestrians 13 percent and cyclists 1 percent. According to its urban mobility and general urban traffic plans, it intends to increase the shares of bicycling, walking and public transport and to provide useful alternatives to private car usage, especially in more congested areas.

The city also has plans to redevelop certain squares to make them more pedestrian friendly, reduce the speed limit for vehicles in some areas to 30 km/h, build new parking houses, add two "tram-train" lines and develop a bicycling network.

Over the past few years the City Council has sought to improve the environmental sustainability of its transport system. Among some of the measures it has implemented are a park and ride system with free electric shuttle buses to the center; a bike-sharing scheme and the city’s first bicycling plan. It has also strengthened public transport services and introduced restricted access areas for vehicles.

Information on the challenges faced in advancing these measures, and the partnerships elaborated in the process of their implementation is not presently available.

Summary finalized: July 2010


Antonio De Caro