EMPOWER: an award winning project

EMPOWER is pleased to announce that the project’s partners and take-up cities have won various awards and prizes for work related to the EMPOWER project. These include:

Best scientific paper award ITS European Congress 2017.

Huang et al at the Centre for Transport Studies, University of Twente, NL were awarded best scientific paper for their work ‘Cycle2work: an empirical study on potential personalised rewarding schemes delivered via smartphone technologies’ at the 12th ITS European Congress, Strasbourg, June 2017

Distinguished Scientific Papers – Europe Award.

Grant-Muller et al won the award for their work at the ITS World Congress 2016, 23rd World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems, ‘Evaluating the social network concept within new ICT-enabled mobility schemes’. Authors Susan Grant-Muller, and Frances Hodgson are based at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom whilst co-author Benjamin Groenwolt is employed at Keypoint, Netherlands.

CIVITAS 2017 “Bold Measure Award”

This award is given to a city that adopts a daring and innovative approach that has not been widely implemented yet, and positions the city as a pioneer in certain thematic categories. 2017 Winner: Bologna, Italy. “Bella Mossa” rewards the positive behaviours of citizens by giving discounts and prizes every time they complete a sustainable trip, namely using environmentally friendly transport modes or even walking, acquiring healthy habits. Sustainable trips are tracked through a GPS-based app. The scheme is a public-private partnership, with 50 shops (small to very large) giving discounts/prizes. Bella Mossa received funding for the implementation of positive incentives as an EU H2020 EMOWER Take-Up City (TUC)

Ecosistema Urbano 2017

the EMPOWER TUC implementation ‘Bella Mossa’ has been awarded Italy’s “Ecosistema Urbano 2017” prize. The scheme was selected on the basis of Good Practice for a sustainable, liveable and environmentally friendly city. The official news was announced on the Legambiente website (Legambiente is the biggest environmental NGO in Italy)

Healthy Streets Award for modal shift

BetterPoints won the 2017 award for their role in the BikeSmartprogramme in Reading. BikeSmart is run by Reading Borough Council with funding from the EU H2020 programme as part of the EMPOWER project, to encourage people to cycle more and to help them do so. Betterpoints were  involved in the Reading EMPOWER TUC for six months, between February and August 2017. In that time, more than 600 people actively took part and made 30,000 cycle journeys. Together, they cycled 331,762 miles, which is equivalent to 13 times around the planet! Reportedly, nearly 7,000 of those journeys replaced a car journey, which will have saved around nine tonnes of CO2 The Healthy Streets Awards recognise and rewards excellence in the planning and delivery of Healthy Street improvements in towns and cities in Great Britain & Ireland.

Business Environment Award

Betterpoints were awarded the 2017 award for their work with Reading Borough Council and the BikeSmartprogramme, (supported by the EU H2020 programme as part of the EMPOWER project). The annual awards celebrate ‘the exceptional people who make Reading a unique place to live and work’. The programme provided incentives and encouragement through the BetterPoints smartphone app. Participants earned points when they cycled, which they could redeem against vouchers for high street shops or donate to charity. The Business Environment award was sponsored by Barton Willmore of Reading and rewardscompanies ‘who are seriously considering and acting upon reducing their impact’ on the environment.

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