Luca BellinatoMy name is Luca Bellinato. I am a civil engineer with extensive experience in transport planning for the public sector. At the City of Bologna, I am the Director of the Intermediate Unit for Mobility Systems in the Sustainable Mobility and Infrastructure Sector. My role in the SPINE project is, on the European level, to coordinate the activities of the city of Bologna in connection with the partners of the project and, on a city level, to lead the activities of Bologna Living Lab in close collaboration with our local partner SRM, Bologna agency for mobility and local public transport.

Involvement in SPINE grew out of the  City of Bologna’s participation in the CIVITAS initiative and particularly in the Horizon 2020 FastTrack project through cooperation with the city of Antwerp and EIP, as well as through various contacts and collaborations in the European Mobility Week and NetZero Cities.

The added value will be in benefitting from the project partners’ technologies, skills and experiences. It provides an opportunity to implement several mobility solutions that are foreseen in our SUMP. We also hope that the cities involved in the twinning living labs will benefit from our experience.

The role of the City of Bologna is to set up and operate one of the four Living Labs in the project, to identify and implement various sustainable mobility solutions within the municipal territory and to engage stakeholders in the co-creation, planning and testing of these solutions. Together with SRM, we will collect relevant data and establish the baseline for the project and its KPIs while also providing the necessary data and digital enabler inputs for the Digital Twin of our city. Bologna is also in charge of collecting inputs on the lessons learned and identifying barriers from all the LLs and reporting on these.

We hope to achieve several goals: gain valuable insights and inputs from the co-creation process of the Living Lab which should help make the mobility solutions more inclusive and suited to users’ needs and the evolving conditions in our city; implement several concrete solutions that are also foreseen in our SUMP that will support to reach our green and digital transition goals; strengthen our cooperation and knowledge exchange with the different partners throughout Europe, also looking toward future CIVITAS and Net Zero City initiatives; further build our internal knowledge and the aptitude to break silos and work with a transversal approach involving all necessary skills and competences; capacity to engage in EU projects and become more effective in translating objectives into results.