Clean Urban logistics in Venice/Italy

By News Editor / Updated: 29 Aug 2014

This measure focuses on the creation of a web-enabled information system for the management of temporary and permanent parking spaces along the inner canals in Venice.

Objectives / Innovative Aspects

To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the management of the permanent and temporary boat parking spaces along the inner canals in Venice, through the creation of a web-enabled information system that integrates day-to-day administrative acts (requests, authorizations, etc.) and provides support to decision-makers and regulators for the integrated management of boat traffic and circulation, during ordinary and extraordinary situations. In this way, parking will be managed in a planned and controllable manner having a positive impact on the entity of traffic flows in Venice’s channels.The innovative aspect is the involvement of economic operators in the construction of the logistic scheme. This will be made with the development of an innovative model that will consider how all the deliveries are made. The attractiveness will be improved by the standards met by the vehicles used, which will be able to access everywhere at any time instead of being restricted by the limited access zone and by bus lanes. The entire scheme will be innovative, combining managing technologies and technical solutions with low impact vehicles and a modern terminal. The integration of the management of different activities would permit a rationalization of the use of docks, reducing traffic congestion as well as wake and noise pollution in the city.

The Measure

The work consists of:1. analysis of the actual use of docks;2. recalibration of the permitted use of docks by different boat types at different times of the day and night;3. identification of boat docks to be reserved for the delivery of cargo at set times;4. identification of docks that could be used temporarily;5. management of permits for the temporary use of docks during construction/restoration work,6. management of the signage that will regulate the dock use based on the aforementioned analyses;7. development of parking management system;8. system testing and personnel training;9. integration with other information systems.

Implementation Status

This measure has been managed by the City of Venice and Forma Urbis.A survey was carried out in order to identify the actual use of docks in order to classify the docks according to their prevailing uses. There were meetings with local authorities and transport trade associations for identify the target delivery locations to be monitored. The “Handbook for field data collector” and the “Handbook for data collection locations” were made in order to realize the survey and to standardize the dock use collecting data. Forma Urbis produced an in-depth study about the local delivery cargo system, using the information collected during the dock use surveys in September 2005.>This study gave guidelines for a decision making model about the permitted dock use and gave the general standards for the revision of the permitted use of docks by different boat types at different times of the day and night, the identification of boat docks to be reserved for the delivery of cargo at set times and the identification of docks that could be used temporarily.The subcontract to Associazione Centro Progetti Venezia was signed.The temporary and permanent parking permitting system was designed using the information collected during the dock use surveys and the analysis, the pre-existing information about parking concessions and the in-depth survey of stakeholders.The study of administrative procedures and requested official documents for applying for the temporary use of docks during the construction/restoration work, the water parking space and the transit in the canals were carried out.The study of the use of inner canal parking spaces and the areas experiencing traffic flow issues was realised. In particular the interactions between parking and traffic were accurately studied.The gathered information was used to develop the Electronic Parking Management System based on a web GIS system.The network of the parking management system, the links between the different offices and the data and information exchange were designed.The new electronic system was designed for the request of the transit and stop permit and also to accept complaints from its users. Forma Urbis tested the parking management system with the Water Mobility Office staff in order to collect opinions on the final work and in order to study how this new system works with the stakeholders.The mock-up of the designed parking management system was developed. In January 2008, the final “mocks-up” of the system was realised and tested with all the measure partners.The interfaces and the functionalities of the designed system obtained positive comments by the end user of the system, the water mobility office staff.The Evaluation of system was carried out in January 2008.

Results

A complete information system for the management of permanent and temporary parking along canals will:1. reduce the possibility of boats competing for the use of the same dock, by reserving docks for certain key activities at certain times of the day;2. reduce the waiting time to obtain concessions for parking spaces (both permanent and temporary);3. eliminate the possibility that temporary docking permits may negatively affect important services (such as deliveries or emergency services) and create traffic obstructions;4. allow Venetians to use their personal boats to conduct personal business and use docks for extended periods of time (up to 2 hrs);5. provide constant information to decision makers for the planning of measures aimed at controlling boat traffic and reducing wake and noise pollution.
Topic: 
Urban freight/city logistics
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Country: 
Italy
City: 
Venezia
Contact: 
Manuele Medoro
Author: 
Manuele Medoro
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08 Jan 2009
29 Aug 2014