CIVINET ROMANIA Virtual Conference on E-Mobility: Introducing Cargo Bikes to Romanian Cities
From May 14th- 15th, CIVINET ROMANIA organized a virtual conference on e-mobility, for Romanian public administrations, transport practitioners and public transport operators. Originally planned to happen in Timisoara, the online meeting took place as a two-day event, during which speakers and participants received information, polls and presentation on e-mobility current situation, clean buses, cargo-bikes and governmental incentives for bus and tram fleet renewal. 80 participants from more than 20 Romanian cities participated.
The topic of cargo bikes was introduced to the audience by the City of Alba Iulia, represented by Valentin Voinica seconded by Ioana Cioloca. Alba Iulia is a partner in CityChangerCargoBike project, and their presentation had a huge impact on the audience: 100% of the representatives of the participating cities said they are interested in introducing cargo-bikes in their SUMPs, after listening to their presentation.
Unsafe cycling infrastructure was identified as the major barrier in introducing cargo bikes in Romanian cities, by most of the participants. Yet, at the question ”when do you think that cargo bikes will have a major impact on the mobility system of your city?”, 60% of the participants indicated the year 2025, showing a high degree of optimism.
For Romanian cities, cargo bikes are still a new topic, since this sustainable and healthy means of transport is missing from Romanian streets.