Location: Rome
Country: Italy
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GRAB, the Large Ring Road for Bicycles, is the participatory project for the construction of a cyclepedestrian ring accessible to all that develops for 45 km within the city of Rome. It is a light infrastructure with high environmental, social, economic and cultural profitability, a useful public work designed to improve the places it crosses without adding volumes and concrete in a massively built-up area. GRAB finally imposes the pedestrianization of the Appia Antica and is the prologue to the birth of a single Capitoline archaeological park from the Fori to the Regina Viarum, it is a magnet for new tourism, from cycle travelers to lovers of urban trekking, a car-free route for mobility interdistrict, the link around which to develop and sew a true metropolitan cycle network, the driving force of widespread interventions for the regeneration of the suburbs and the re-functionalization of marginal and degraded areas.

Thematic Area – Climate change mitigaton
Thematic Sub-category –

  • Sustainable Mobility
  • Tourism Adapted to Climate Change
  • Smart city domains for the citizens in green cities

Type of Actor/Agent – Local Council
Typology of Green Urban Site – Greenbelts,
ecological corridor or Greenway.

Green City Elements: 

  • Human-Powered Mobility
  • Smart Mobility
  • Citizen Engagement.

Engagement and Consultation:
Target Groups – Citizens
Public Engagement – Was applied, proper public
Consultation Tools Used – Focus groups,
stakeholder interviews

Resources and Transferability:
Teaching Materials/Resources: n/a
Personal Skills Required: Low
Non-discriminatory Principles: Yes
Transferability Potential: Medium

Innovation and Impact
The GRAB project benefits the entire city beyond
just cyclists. It aims to be the core of Rome’s
future cycling network, connecting existing,
planned, and future routes. It integrates with
public transport hubs, including subway, tram, and
train stations, and includes the construction of
velostations. Designed with universal accessibility,
it features wide, smooth cycle paths, protected
areas at vehicular crossings, and safety
enhancements like 30 km/h zones and raised
platforms at intersections. GRAB serves as a
model for new mobility solutions that can be
replicated across the city.
Expected Impact Medium
Level of Scale of Innovation 3

Budget and Analysis:
Budget Spent, Source of Money: n/a
Improved air quality, Improving physical fitness
and reducing depression, well-being benefits
(such as people’s perception of increased
biodiversity and improved visual quality of the
environment), social cost savings (such as the
impact of reduced air pollution), creation of green
jobs and business opportunities, improved visual
quality of the environment, recreational
opportunities, adjusting psychological well-being
and physical health, improving physical fitness
and reducing depression risks.
Challenges: n/a