Sustainable Mobility Tourist Action Plan (SMTAP)

Summary

The main goal of this measure was the development of a Sustainable Mobility Tourist Action Plan (SMTAP) which aims to satisfy the mobility needs of tourism and citizens towards a better quality of life. This measure promoted the transformation of the Limassol city centre to a more attractive destination for tourists who can enjoy their vacations with less noise and air pollution, free space, less traffic, healthier and safer environment and access to sustainable modes of transport.

Additionally, this measure included electro-mobility solutions for visitors and residents as well as cooperation between the tourism and mobility sectors aiming to change the behaviour of locals and visitors, focusing on the leisure trips of tourists.

Implementing sustainable mobility

SMTAP development

The development of the SMTAP started with a research and a site visit to the study area of Limassol that took place in September of 2017. The SMTAP for Limassol city centre was prepared by STRATAGEM. The study, research and field work were concluded in November of 2017 with the conclusion of the SMTAP.  Then followed the implementation of the actions from 2017 to 2020.

The Plan was reviewed and officially approved by the Limassol Municipality in September 2020, the authority responsible to further implement the SMTAP. Nevertheless, implementation of the actions started before the approval of the SMTAP.

During the CIVITAS DESTINATIONS project lifetime, all of the activities analysed on the SMTAP have been carried out. Limassol Municipality is responsible to supervise if all the activities are running smoothly and if not, the Municipality has to take corrective action.

Fieldwork was also implemented in 2019 and 2020 by giving questionnaires to tourists in Limassol, gathering and analysing new information in order to evaluate the impact of the sustainable mobility to tourists and residents. 

Stakeholder engagement

STRATAGEM collaborated with the Limassol Municipality and other relevant stakeholders in order to develop the SMTAP according to the needs of the city.

Outcomes

Increase in the total share of citizens and tourists that use sustainable mobility modes for moving in Limassol between July 2019 and February 2020:

  • 43.1% were walking
  • 32.3% moving by bus
  • 21.5% renting bikes
  • 2.6% renting cars
  • 10.5% using a taxi.

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