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Bologna to Become First 30 km/h City in Italy

Bologna Città 30, the new traffic plan implemented in the Italian city, aims to create a calmer, safer, and more livable environment by next year. The plan derives its name from the maximum speed limit of 30 km/h (18.6 mph) that will be enforced throughout the city.

This initiative will make Bologna, the largest city in Italy, nearly entirely subject to the 30 km/h speed limit. The foundation has already been laid with the existence of Zone 30, which covers approximately one-third of the urban road network in the capital of the Emilia Romagna region.

The intention is to extend the new speed limit to not only a few major thoroughfares but also encompass 90% of the densely populated areas within the city. However, implementing this change requires a comprehensive approach.

Recognizing that this is a significant historical and cultural shift, which will require a gradual transformation in the behavior of road users, the city administration has decided not to immediately impose sanctions related to the new speed limits. Instead, they will provide a six-month grace period to conduct an extensive awareness campaign and inform the citizens, with the support of local police initiatives.

Between July and September, the Sustainable Mobility Sector will install horizontal and vertical signs and introduce relevant road ordinances, which will come into effect on January 1, 2024.

Over 500 vertical signs and 300 road surface signs will be installed and painted, indicating the new speed limit. The repetition of these painted signs on the road surface has been proven effective in helping drivers understand and adhere to the new speed restrictions.

Above all, Bologna Città 30 represents a reimagining of the urban space, promoting a transformation in the way the city is utilized. The project includes innovative interventions to modify public spaces, harmonizing the environment and urban areas to create a new sense of proximity and community.

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