Potenza joined Norwich and Malmö in the SMILE adventure as a small southern city, inexperienced in participating in European projects. SMILE gave us the opportunity to develop know-how and to obtain tools to be applied to develop new mobility solutions in Potenza city. Meetings, site visits, workshops: precious moments in which we could learn from partners about how to deal with common measures, how to find new solutions, and how to look at the future.
Norwich and Malmö were and continue to be models for actions we are implementing within the CIVITAS SMILE project. We have paid particular attention to measures, such as the Norwich Low Emission Zone, even though they are not included in the measures for our city. Following the progress in Malmö and Norwich will give us direction in future years.Malmö and Norwich have also been teachers in the art of dissemination and exploitation of project objectives, activities carried out and results achieved. Potenza learnt during CIVITAS SMILE that any important action, involving citizens in any way, needs to be shared with final users. Potenza has now increased its awareness-raising activities and is continuing to stress their key role in its whole approach to improving the mobility system. During SMILE, Potenza has also benefited from the important contributions from Suceava and Tallin; it will use these lessons learnt in future planning actions. When Potenza started the project, the issue of sustainable mobility was not really considered to be one of the most important issues to deal with; however, thanks to the SMILE project, it has become the priority in the development of the new mobility system.
Author: Antonella Fittipaldi