Cars per capita in 8 top Italian cities slumps in 2008-2012
New report shows effects of limited traffic, less free parking10 October, 19:46
The declines in the relationship between number of cars and number of inhabitants ranged from a 0.6% decline in Bari to a 5.4% drop in Rome, where the number of cars fell to 668.4 cars for each thousand inhabitants last year from 706.7 in 2008. The business capital of Milan didn't fare much better, posting a 5.2% drop to 528.8 from 557.9. The figures dropped 5% in Turin, and 3.9% in Bologna, whilst Florence, Genoa and Naples suffered 2.9%, 1.4% and 1.1% respectively.
"One the one hand there is the always increasing difficulty on the part of the inhabitants of cities with regards to car use, since bicycle lanes and limited traffic zones in these areas are on the rise", the report said. "At the same time, the number of free parking zones has also declined".