Reggio Emilia, Italy

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agglomeration: 343,875
city: 163,928

Land area

231 km2

Population density

711 inhabitants/km2

The urban structure of the City of Reggio Emilia is quite compact, with residential areas in the South and the productive areas in the North, along the major infrastructures such as motorways (A1) and the High Speed Railways. Urban mobility presents a short distance journeys (67% under 5 km), a high car use (thanks to the availability of parking spaces), a good presence of bicycles (approximately 15% of total trips) and poor use of public transport.

Modal Split

Year 2012





Population (2012)


Car driver

Contact person for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

Alessandro Meggiato

Telephone: +390522456128
Email: re.italessandro.meggiatomunicipio
City website:

Participation in previous and current EU transport related projects

  •  Progetto MMOVE (Mobility Management Over Europe: changing mobility patterns) (2008 - 2012)   (show/hide more information)
    The project aims to improve the effectiveness of sustainable mobility policies in European cities of medium size (50-250 thousand inhabitants) and to increase the awareness of policy makers on the importance of these policies in the context of regional development. The City of Reggio Emilia has been the project leader to manage the activities of Component 1 (relating to the management and overall coordination of the project), and a part of the activities of Component 3 (technical nature). The project did not include pilot projects, all partners have developed a feasibility study on one or more best practices collected and observed during the knowledge exchange between partners.
  • INVOLVE (2012 - 2014)   (show/hide more information)
    The project’s objective is to provide local and regional authorities with tools and good practices that promote cooperation with the private sector in order to reduce transport problems in business areas, industrial areas, activities centres, etc. This will be reached through the exchange of experience and the transfer of good practices between the 12 partners. The City of Reggio Emilia is one of five partners of the planned pilot projects. The pilot project, which is currently being implemented, concerns the formulation of plans for home-work trips. The city has selected some good practices to define and implement the project . After identifying the local private activities, the city has developed an implementation plan containing the main phases of the pilot project, and currently four plans for home-work trips are being draft.
  • SUM (‘Sustainable Urban Mobility’) (2012 - 2014)   (show/hide more information)
    The project SUM, through interregional cooperation, aims to promote best practices of sustainable urban mobility, focusing on increasing the effectiveness of regional development and strategic policies. The project does not provide for pilot projects; all partners have the task of developing a plan to implement one or more good practices collected and observed during the exchange of knowledge. If it is possible, the partners will implement the plan in their territory, as in the case of Reggio Emilia.
  • Progetto Mobility 2,0 (2012 - 2015)   (show/hide more information)
    The project aims to test and implement an effective and efficient system of electric mobility, based on the application of widespread intelligence on vehicles and infrastructure, in particular by developing a device (in-vehicle), capable of supporting drivers in optimally managing their mobility. Reggio Emilia is using the technical and scientific support of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia to implement the required activities. The project is expected to set up a pilot site for fleets of electric vehicles with the involvement of electric vehicles suppliers.
  • CIVITAS Forum Network
  • CIVINET Italia

Status of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan

In 2008 the Urban Mobility Plan (PUM) of Reggio Emilia has been approved, which redraws the long-term structure of urban mobility, with the aim of reducing the negative effects of the high car usage. The Pum includes the cycle plan (Biciplan). The analysis and the assessments have been carried out taking into account the impact on the urban mobility, as well as on the settlement and on air quality. The proposals aim to:
decrease air pollution levels, reduce deaths and injuries on the road, rebalancing the modal split, decrease the private traffic in the central areas of the city.
The PUM of Reggio Emilia has been prepared using criteria similar to those included in the  European "Guidelines - Developing and Implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan".

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