Project Details

Safe roads

Short Description and Goal

Dublin & Ferrara a dealing with cycling policies, addressing health, safety and security concerns. The twinning cooperation continued under SAVE II Project on Promotion of Energy-efficient Personal Travel in a Network of European Cities.

Detailed Description

In Dublin in recent years, a comprehensive planning process has been undertaken following the identification of significant “suppressed demand”. This has formed part of broader transportation strategy. The city is currently in the implementation phase, and there is therefore an emphasis on construction of facilities. So far there have been some initiatives to raise awareness, and develop promotion and publicity in relation to specific projects. A “safe routes to school” project is being developed.

A number of successful awareness raising and publicity initiatives have been developed in Ferrara. A planning process has begun in Ferrara, and this is continuing with further cycling studies and consultation processes. The city has identified a need for more hard measures such as cycling lanes, and improved security. The city health plan does not mention cycling, but several initiatives regarding safety and quality of life for cyclists have been undertaken.

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Proposed areas for cooperation on cycling
The theme of the initiative must be an area dealing with cycling policies which is within the competence of the city partner. The projects must address issues related to on-going cycling policies or programmes undertaken by the city partner. Within this framework, fields of cooperation could relate to:

  • using health arguments to promote cycling through information campaigns or communication tools;
  • the management of urban transport including cycling, planning and land use development with the aim of improving health (increased trips by cycle, increased access to services, etc);
  • addressing health, safety and security concerns;
  • training the cycling programme manager and city staff including cycling associations and politicians;
  • economic development, and the establishment of foundations or public/private partnerships;
  • and other areas to be defined by the cities’ priorities.
    Each city should define an area of expertise, based on their needs and expectations, which needs to be developed in order to further develop its cycling policies.

Recommended check-list
You may find the following check-list helpful for planning your twinning exchanges. The aim of this check-list is to facilitate future working arrangements between the cities.

  • Fix and agree with the form of twinning prior to beginning the process.
  • Define the level of commitment and involvement that you are ready to give to this initiative.
  • Define and agree upon a work programme for the twinning in advance. A written commitment is strongly suggested to avoid any misunderstanding on either side.
  • The budget breakdown should be completed prior to any travelling.

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Initiators are

• Public institution

Contact Info

Mr Michael MacAree
Dublin Transportation Office
Hainault House
69-71, St Stephen’s Green
Dublin 2
Tel: +353 1 478 1000
Fax: +353 1 478 5935

Mr Alessandro Bratti
Assessore Ecologia Urbana
Comune di Ferrara
Palazzo Bagni Ducali
Viale A. D’Este 17
I-44100 Ferrara
Tel: +39 0532 66 547
Fax: +39 0532 740 291

Mr Gianni Stefanati
Ufficio Biciclette (Bike Office)
Comune di Ferrara
Viale A.D’Este 17
I-44100 Ferrara

Project Topics

Health Care, Public Services & Administration, Sustainable development, Urban Development

Level / Project Complexity /


Participating Cities

  • Ferrara
  • Dublin

Sizes of Participating Cities

• 100.000 - 500.000
• 500.000 - 1,5 Mio

Participating Countries

  • Italy
  • Ireland

Project Region(s)

• Europe

Media Credits

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