Trikala has a large tradition in mobility projects. As a matter of fact, Trikala is Greece’s first smart city and also the first city in the country to have a driverless bus. In the context of cities-4-people, Trikala decided to help people combine different activities in the centre where all services are gathered (supermarkets, leisure activities). To this end, Trikala, through co-creation methods such as iteration dice, brainstormed and came up with a number of prototype solutions.
Despite the severe impact of the covid-19 to the city, Trikala moved forward and scaled up the smart storage locker stations and wheelchair scooters that were offered to citizens during the 1st round. This means that people at the city centre can now use the storage lockers to leave their heavy luggage (e.g. shopping bags or school sacks) at the central info-point and engage in other activities (e.g. visit a doctor). As early results have shown, storage lockers have also positive spillover effects to the use of shared mobility, as people often leave their heavy bags to pick up e-bikes offered at the same place. In addition, through wheelchair scooters, people with limited mobility can now enjoy in equal terms with their fellow citizens life in the city centre.
In addition, using some imagination and the help of another European project, SMARTA2, Trikala has linked the booking services to a mobile application that is also integrating shared mobility services such as carpooling and real-time information.
During January and up to the lockdown phase in April, wheelchair scooters and storage lockers have been used for approximately 50 and 120 times respectively. The good news is that Trikala are going to make these services permanent, meaning that citizens will be able to enjoy them beyond the end of our project. Interested in learning more about what is happening at Trikala? Then visit e-Trikala’s website (in Greek).