Within the scope of Kocaeli Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP), a study visit was made to Milan, Italy with the participation of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality technical team and Contract Manager. Within the scope of the visit, information about SUMP projects was received from the relevant units of Milan city administration. In addition, urban transport system and sample applications for sustainable mobility were examined on site.
Within the scope of Kocaeli SUMP capacity building activities, analysing sustainable urban mobility examples in similar cities is an important step. In this context, a study visit was carried out to Milan, Italy between 22.05.2023 – 27.05.2023 with the participation of Mr Ahmet ÇELEBİ, Head of Transportation Department of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality and his technical team, Mr. Serdar YILMAZ, Contract Manager from EU Investments Department and Ms. Melike SARIM BOYNUYOĞUN, Project Coordinator representing EGIS & Boğaziçi Project consortium.
Within the scope of this visit, TRT Trasporti e Territorio SRL, the contractor of the Milano SUMP (Milano SUMP/PUMS) project, was contacted and information was obtained about the planning and participation processes in other SUMP projects carried out in similar cities in Italy, especially in Milano.
Interviews were then conducted with the management of the Municipality of Milan, the municipal subsidiary AMAT (Agency for Mobility, Environment and Territory), which is the executor of the Milan SUMP project, and the public transport operator ATM SPA. During these meetings, information was received about the SUMP strategies developed for Milan, micro-mobility and shared transport applications, congestion pricing and low emission zone applications, public transport strategies and applications, and the “Open Squares” and “Open Roads” Projects as examples of tactical urbanism.
During the visit, all modes of the Milan public transport system were experienced by using transfer systems with other modes of transport, mobile applications, etc. In addition, the applications within the scope of the “Open Squares” project, an example of tactical urbanism carried out by AMAT, were examined on site with the AMAT project team.
This study visit made a great contribution to the knowledge and experience of the technical team of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality in particular by providing the opportunity to examine and evaluate both the planning and implementation processes of sustainable urban mobility plans prepared for different cities on site and to consult and cooperate with similar administrations.