RETHYMNO's PARTICIPATION IN THE URBAN TRANSPORTS COMMUNITY WEBINAR SERIES

Rethymno Municipality participated in the Webinar #6: Mobility in Mediterranean Tourist Destinations that took place on November 11th, 2020 in the framework of the Urban Transports Community Webinar Series, pioneer cities presented their experiences and lessons learnt in relation to mobility solutions in Mediterranean tourist destinations.

The webinar series “Implementing Sustainable Mobility in the Mediterranean” is part of the Urban Transports Community’s efforts to facilitate local mobility stakeholders and key players joining forces to foster sustainable mobility in Southern European Cities. Once a week, every Wednesday morning from October 7th until November 25th, they invite local authorities, civil society organisations, Universities, mobility planners and private companies to set the ground for future cooperation by discussing with our Community about sustainable mobility strategic issues.

Vasilis Myriokefalitakis and Natalia Kiriakopoulou from the Rethymno Municipality presented the electric mobility solutions for tourists and residents that were implemented in Rethymno Municipality, Crete, Greece. The presentation was about Rethymno’s Municipalities vision to be a Greek Sustainable Municipality model and also a remarkable tourist destination. In 2007, Rethymno was among the first Greek municipalities which conducted Sustainable Mobility Plan and updated it to Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) in 2020 to cover the needs for both citizens and tourists covering the whole Municipality area and align with the new legislation. Since 2018, e-cars, e-buses, e-bikes and e-scooters sharing systems with photovoltaic shelters to charge the batteries, have been created in this city which hosts approximately 1.5 million visitors on day tours and cruises. These electric mobility solutions were meant as energy saving and environmental friendly, and were introduced through awareness-raising activities such as test drives, public events and social media posts. Finally, the demonstrator project of INCIRCLE was presented providing to audiences all the needed information as a replication activity.