Continuous experimentation on sustainable mobility produces favourable conditions for the implementation of stronger measures and creates a positive effect on the population and its reactions towards "hard" measures.

Daniele Agostini Head of Mobility Department


The Municipality of Padova presents a surface of 92.8 square kilometres, with a resident population of approximately 210.000 inhabitants. Its Mobility and Traffic Department has responsibility on sustainable mobility planning, integrated mobility systems, access regulations, mitigation of traffic-related impacts on the environment and creation of a positive awareness of sustainable transportation methods.

Padova has adopted a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) that embraces 19 surrounding municipalities; its municipal area also belongs to the Local Agenda 21, a participatory process aimed to reach community consensus to elaborate a long-term action plan towards environmental, social and economic sustainability. The city, ranked 13 in the Italian Smart City Index, currently operates around 60 e-government services.

Measure fields in practice

Padova’s pilot will convert the historic city centre, a limited-traffic zone, into a low emission or zero-emission zone. In addition, it will foster the implementation of a new LTZ in a part of the city corresponding to the superblock along the new tram line no. 3. Furthermore, to reach the targeted 40% reduction of car traffic, Padova will complete its overall digital infrastructure with the instalment of sensors for the collection of big data and real-time remote monitoring of operations: thus, it will use smartphone apps and C-ITS services to regulate vehicle mobility and “My Data” to connect existing IT systems. The city has finally planned to launch and test around 20 e-services to be functionally linked to mobility and social inclusion services and initiatives. This new traffic organisation will increase amenity space as well as reduce road and parking areas.