September 22, 2021 – 10:17 am
Meeting between Giorgetti and 15 large companies: “Millions of incentives from the government”
from Marzio Fatucchi
“Organize the income and travel of your employees in a sustainable way, there are 50 million to incentivize them.” Even if the figure is national, this is the appeal made by the councilor for Mobility Stefano Giorgetti to the mobility managers of about fifteen large Florentine companies (from Ferragamo to Nuovo Pignone, from Menarini to Eli Lilly up to some public ones such as the hospital di Careggi), in the meeting organized as part of the “European Mobility Week”. An appeal that comes on the umpteenth complicated day for city traffic. This is the reason why Giorgetti, to those responsible for the organization of employee mobility, asked to assign the Pscl (home-work travel plan). It starts by differentiating the entry and exit times, to have less “critical mass” in the city street (the “city users”, commuters and others, who arrive every day in the city remain above 250 thousand a day), but also by encouraging vehicles of sustainability and “car pooling”, the use of a single car to carry more people. A choice that mayor Dario Nardella has relaunched, recalling how many cars with only one driver can be seen in the avenues throttled by queues (even if in times of Covid it is a bit difficult to find travel companions …).
«Some companies have already worked on programs of this type for some time – explains Giorgetti – In a period of pandemic, things have improved on timetables: however, we can verify, for example, even if schools have continued to shift timetables. If the current mass of people moves in an hour, it has a different impact than that which moves in three hours. Especially now that many want to use their vehicle alone anyway, for Covid reasons »explains Giorgetti. The PSCL, meanwhile, the Municipality reproduced it: «It includes the analysis of employee travel, possible changes and incentives: discounts for public transport, the Municipality’s bike fleet to rent to employees, put changing rooms and showers both in the offices of the Municipality and in the subsidiaries for those who use the bike, discounts on the use of shared bikes ».
The propensity to use the car less seems to be there, in the survey carried out among employees: the data collected, the percentage of those who go to the office could rise from the current 8% to 24%, by bus, tram or train from 18% current at 31%. Much depends on the intermodality (can you take your bike by train or tram? Do you easily find a scooter or a shared bike at your disposal?) But above all on habits, reluctant to die in people’s heads. Moreover, “times and spaces of the city”, including the different entry times in companies, have been talked about well before Covid: there was an office in Palazzo Vecchio at the beginning of the 2000s.
22 September 2021 | 10:17
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