Riding the green wave of the #FridaysForFuture, Francesca Pietroni of ISINNOVA was invited on Sunday, 17 March to talk about the HANDSHAKE project during the “Si può fare” (“It can be done”) programme, to explain how cycling can help create healthier and less polluted cities.
She described how HANDSHAKE, thanks to its team of consultants, experts and the help of the three capitals of excellence, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Munich, will help Italian administrations make their cities cycling friendly over the next three years.
However, she emphasised that we need to take a more holistic view of cities, and to think of cycling not just as a way to get around, but rather as something that can help redesign a city, making it more beautiful and liveable. Furthermore, the most effective solutions are often inexpensive and have been already tested successfully abroad, so why reinvent the wheel?
Adding that Amsterdam and Copenhagen did not become “Cycling Capitals” overnight, she clarified that political and social engagement on this issue dates back to the 70s in these cities. This means that truly sustainable mobility is within the reach of any city, and that the culture of sustainability is something taught and built over time.
The general manager of FIAB, Francesco Baroncini, also spoke on the broadcast, discussing good practices and examples that are “made in Italy”, to point out that Italy has already started moving in the right direction.
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HANDSHAKE supports the effective take up of the integrated cycling solutions successfully developed by Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Munich, our Cycling Capitals and world-renowned cycling front runners, to our 10 highly committed Future Cycling Capitals, Bordeaux Metropole, Bruges, Cadiz, Dublin, Helsinki, Krakow, Greater Manchester, Riga, Rome and Turin.
Our partner cities are combined in a composite working environment in which diverse geographical contexts, socio-economic conditions and planning cultures work toward the same goals, that is, delivering the desired cycling change.
*This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 769177.