Helbiz enters Pescara as city’s first micromobility operator
Posted: 30 July 2020 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
500 Helbiz e-scooters are now available to citizens and tourists in the Italian city through Helbiz’s mobile app.
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Helbiz, the American micromobility firm, has announced the beginning of its operations in Pescara, Italy. After being awarded an exclusive permit by the Municipality, Helbiz will be the only micromobility provider in the city providing e-scooters to the capital of the Italian region, Abruzzo.
“Our administration has placed sustainable mobility and micromobility at the forefront of our agenda since we took office, and welcoming Helbiz is an important first step in embracing this cultural shift of sustainability for our city,” said the Mayor of Pescara, Carlo Masci. “It is our hope that the presence of micromobility services will encourage locals to give up the use of their cars, which will ultimately result in lower pollution rates and lead to a greener future.”
“E-scooters, as well as e-bikes and all other means of micro-electrical mobility, are as popular with users as with public administrations because they are a practical, immediate and economical alternative to cars and because they help to safeguard the quality of the air by reducing the level of pollution,” said Luca Santambrogio, Sole Director of Helbiz Italia. “These characteristics combined with the recent recommendations on social distancing, make it the ideal means of transportation in a city like Pescara which, thanks to the choices made by the administration, has decided to start with our innovative e-scooters.”
“After discovering scooters in the United States two years ago and helping to bring them to Italy, I always thought Pescara was the ideal city for this type of service,” said Gabriele Benedetto, CEO of Telepass. “The summer traffic and the need to reach the various bathing establishments have always been a happy and annoying reminder of my years here. The presence of Helbiz and e-scooters in this city will be great for the community and for tourism.”
“In Pescara, we strive to be a city that moves efficiently and sustainably, and micromobility solves for that,” said Councillor for Mobility of the Municipality of Pescara, Luigi Arbore Mascia. “The fleet of 500 e-scooters will be gradually integrated into the urban fabric of our city, providing an essential service for our citizens, workers and tourists who want to move between the beach, the natural shopping centre and the cultural areas of Pescara.
“This service follows the same highway code that also applies to bicycles that we must all commit ourselves to respect and enforce. Using the network of existing bike paths and those that we plan to build will allow users to move safely, securely and with greater agility for those who want to experience a new way to travel around the city.”