Welcome to new Polis member: Puglia Region
Puglia is a region in the south of Italy, forming the ‘heel’ on the boot. The region comprises 19,345 square kilometers (7,469 sq mi) and about 800 km of coastline. The region’s population is about 4.1 million and its capital is Bari.
The Puglia Region supports the planning and the management of sustainable mobility with the aim of improving the shift from car to cycle and walking modality. Current specific objectives are to: 1) Increase the cycling share to 15% and reduce road accidents of cyclists to 50%, by 2020, 2) Accomplish 3000 km of bike lane (cycling paths, mixed use paths, etc.).
Improving logistics and intermodal connections (rail, road, ferry and airport) are crucial issues for the competitiveness of the regional economy and for the quality of life of citizens. Puglia, being a peninsula projected in the Mediterranean sea, is connected also through a system of ports equipped to manage the movement of people and goods. The port of Taranto is an important hub for the container traffic with Mediterranean countries and with the Far East, such as China. The port of Brindisi is known for the loading/unloading and storage services it provides, which are related to the activities of the oil and energy industry. The ports of Bari and Brindisi have frequent connections to Greece, Albania, Montenegro and Turkey.
Ongoing strategic interventions include the implementation of a logistics platform and of a centre for packaging and labelling (so called distripark), connected to the Port of Taranto, to the airport of Grottaglie and to the rail networks. Indeed the regional rail network needs interventions aimed at improving its connection to the TEN-T and to all other intermodal transport. Intermodality is a key word also for the tourism sector where in the last five years low cost flights from the airports of Brindisi and Bari have significantly contributed to an increase of tourists in the region.
Puglia has already been involved in several territorial cooperation projects including CY.RON.MED (Cycle Route of the Mediterranean), TWIST (Transport with a social target), SIMCODE (Spatial Impact of Multimodal Corridor Development in Gateway areas: Italy-Greece-Turkey), MED.IN.TRADE (MEDiterranean INtegrated TRAnsport for Development Enterprise) and IT PORT: Innovative communication technologies for ort services and local development.
For more information: http://www.cremss.puglia.it/mobilita/