Project title: Sharing opportunities for low carbon urban transportation
Duration: 42 months (1/5/2013 - 31/10/2016)
Description:A wide range of innovative sustainable urban mobility solutions have been developed in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Mediterranean. The SOLUTIONS project (www.urban-mobility-solutions.eu), funded under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission, aimed to bring together the experiences from the implementation of targeted solutions in those regions and facilitate dialogue and knowledge sharing among relevant urban mobility stakeholders for fostering the uptake and innovation transfer of promising solutions thus supporting targeted international cooperation. For achieving its goals, SOLUTIONS followed a four-step approach which also mirrors its work package structure. As a first step, the SOLUTIONS consortium (27 partners from 18 different countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Mediterranean) identified and analyzed 58 urban mobility solutions, which present a high potential to be successfully transferred in other regions around the world. The identified solutions were grouped around the following six thematic clusters.
The analysis was complemented by the experiences of five leading cities, which were selected after evaluating their respective application forms within the context of an open call for cities issued by the SOLUTIONS project. The aforementioned analysis facilitated the development of a first set of transferability guidelines, which served as the basis for the development of the knowledge sharing and capacity building platform, the second step towards the promotion of the uptake of sustainable urban mobility solutions. More specifically, a series of training events were undertaken in different regions around the world where SOLUTIONS experts teamed-up with city officials from selected training cities, following the aforementioned call, facilitating in that way an initial transferability assessment of promising solutions fitting best each local context and addressing the existing urban mobility needs. A series of e-learning courses covering all six thematic clusters was also conducted over two periods – spring and autumn of 2015 – with nearly 1.800 people participating from 232 cities in 73 countries around the world. The materials of each course are available for any interested stakeholder, while an online consulting tool was also developed for guiding urban transport professionals into the solutions that were identified in the project.
Taking a step further, feasibility studies as showcases for the uptake of innovative urban mobility solutions were conducted in 5 selected cities with each one twinning with a leading city. The feasibility studies resulted in the development of policy recommendations for the global deployment of sustainable urban mobility solutions as well as in the preparation of future cooperation agendas between European cities and cities around the world.
The project placed particular attention on the Mediterranean region. Through a series of structured interviews with local city officials and a number of local workshops, the urban mobility needs, gaps and priorities of Mediterranean Partner Countries were identified and policy recommendations that can facilitate the implementation of targeted solutions fitting best each local context were provided. A research cooperation agenda was devised leading the way towards improving urban mobility conditions in the Mediterranean region.
The experiences gained from the aforementioned activities were widely promoted in the partner regions as well as globally, feeding back at the end of the project into the transferability guidelines facilitating in that way the development of a comprehensive “handbook” focusing on selected innovative sustainable urban mobility solutions around the world.
With the aim to sustain the cooperation established in the project between cities and researchers/practitioners on sustainable urban mobility implementation, at its final stage, SOLUTIONS led the groundwork for its transition into a global network keeping alive, in that way, the valuable collaboration on sustainable urban mobility thus contributing towards delivering on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda.
The SOLUTIONS project aimed at making a substantial contribution to the uptake of innovative sustainable mobility solutions in cities around the world by:
- Identifying sustainable urban mobility solutions from around the world and assessing their transferability in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Mediterranean region.
- Fostering the implementation of sustainable urban mobility solutions in 5 selected cities.
- Providing guidance and tailored advice to city officials through several regional analyses.
- Facilitating dialogue and creating networking opportunities, and sharing experiences.
- Promoting innovative platforms for knowledge exchange between European cities and cities around the world.
- Fostering future cooperation on urban mobility research, development and implementation.
As partner in the SOLUTIONS project, HIT was in charge of the activities that were undertaken in the Mediterranean region (Work Package Leader) as well as for the development of the e-learning platform and online consulting tool (Task Leader).
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