City overview: CASA (Communauté d'agglomération de Sophia Antipolis)
Within the department of Alpes Maritimes, between Nice and Cannes, lies the Urban Community of Sophia-Antipolis (CASA), which was established on 1 January 1 2002 as the result of 16 municipalities’ desire to cooperate. The area is home to 182 000 inhabitants over an area of about 270 km². The municipality of Antibes accounts for 45% of CASA’s population. A resident living in the CASA urban conurbation makes 3.5 trips per day, of which 66% by private car, 22% on foot, 6% by public transport and 4% by bicycle. The average time spent travelling is 62 minutes per day for an average distance trip of 19.6 km. The private car is the dominant transport mode accounting for over two thirds of trips, 72% of travel time and 82% of the distance travelled.
CASA's 2008 urban transport plan sets itself the aim of providing alternatives to the usage of the private car by promoting public transport and soft modes. Part of the public transport improvements will involve implementation of bus rapid transit (BRT) between Antibes railway station and Sophia-Antipolis and a feeder service in order to address the "last mile” for employees and students needing to access the dispersed sites of Sophia-Antipolis. For this reason, in 2010, as part of CityMobil project, the CASA commissioned a city study to assess the potential of cybercars to address this complementary transport supply. The city study concluded that there is real potential for the use of cybercars in the Sophia-Antipolis technology park. Moreover, the CASA is an involved R&D partner in European Projects. It hosted Cybermove at the Antibes port in 2005, and the showcase CityMobil in the citycenter in 2011.The Urban Community of Sophia-Antipolis (CASA - Communauté d’Agglomération SophiaAntipolis) hosts a small-scale demonstration between January and March 2016. Four EasyMile EZ10 vehicles operate on one-kilometer avenue in Sophia Antipolis Biot where they stop at 5 different stations. The demonstration takes place on the 'tehchnopole' of Sophia-Antipolis during the working days and business hours. The experimentation in Sophia-Antipolis will allow to conduct surveys on interactions between vehicles and users.
The Urban Community of Sophia-Antipolis hosted a small-scale demonstration between January and March 2016.Four EasyMile EZ10 vehicles operated on one-kilometre avenue in Sophia Antipolis Biot where they stopped at 5 different stations. The demonstration took place on the ‘technopole’ of Sophia-Antipolis during the working days and business hours. The experimentation in Sophia-Antipolis allowed to conduct surveys on interactions between vehicles and users.
Type: Small Scale
Dates:January 2016 – March 2016
Route length:1 km
Number oftrips: 3,500
Distancecovered: 3,500 km
Number ofpassengers: 4,059
Thedemonstration took place on the ‘technopole’ of Sophia-Antipolis during theworking days and business hours in order to provide a mobility solution forworkers between the main bus stop and the different workplaces.