An Introduction to the cities
EMPOWER is seeking to build a strong community of Follower Cities and Organisations who will follow the developments of the research and project activities and be kept actively informed of results and impacts. By joining the community, you will have the opportunity to learn about innovative project actions, hear about the Living Lab City trials as they take place, comment on the EMPOWER Toolkit and have access to the products, learning and outputs from this Horizon 2020 project.
We are asking stakeholders across Europe, and globally, to join the current body of City Followers and Following Organisations, and become involved in EMPOWER. This could include commenting on business models, investigating the multiple incentives that could enable mobility behaviour change, facilitating experimental work, assisting with data, and sharing expertise by participating in workshops, conferences and policy consultations. It is free to join but we encourage you to be an active follower, communicating with your own networks and following EMPOWER on social media
Our Follower Cities and Organisations are:
UC Davis is one of the world’s leading cross-disciplinary research and teaching institutions, located in Davis, California. ITS-Davis are focused on studying and finding pathways to reduce the use of conventionally fuelled vehicles in cities, while increasing accessibility of urban areas and improving air quality and road safety. EMPOWER is well aligned with UC Davis’ efforts, particularly since they have launched a 4 year programme that will include a workstream on the topic of “Global Urban Sustainable Transport”.
Affiliated Research Centers: China Center for Energy and Transport, Energy Efficiency Center, National Center for Sustainable Transportation, Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center, Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy, Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways and Urban Land Use and Transportation
The medium-sized Dutch city of Helmond is promoting sustainable transport by focusing on controlling heavy truck movements to help meet its air quality plan targets. It is deploying new technology aimed at achieving better truck traffic flows therefore reducing fuel use and the resulting CO2 emissions. Since December 2016, the entire bus fleets of the cities of Eindhoven and Helmond in the Netherlands are electric. This will make the public fleets the biggest zero-emissions bus fleet in all of Europe.
Related Projects: Urban FREight Energy Efficiency PiLOT (FREILOT), Compass4D. Photo by nldazuu.com/Flickr.
The city of Utrecht is a densely populated city, with its centre being of major historical and cultural importance. However, its ancient streets are being damaged by traditional forms of road freight transport. To tackle this problem the city introduced two new and innovative methods of transport: the waterborne electric Beer Boat, and the solar-powered electric freight road vehicle known as the Cargohopper. This has resulted in a reduction in emissions, noise and freight traffic, and increased the safety and quality of life for city residents. The municipality of Utrecht aims to increase cleaner and better transport in their city in order to improve liveability.
Photo by Maurice Uiterweerd/Flickr.
The Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) is one of the largest energy research institutes in Europe and holds a strong international position. With and for the market, ECN develops knowledge and technology that enable a transition to a sustainable energy system. ECN’s research and technology development focuses on Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Biomass, Environmental research, Energy efficiency, and Policy Studies.
Related Projects: National HAES project. Photo by gatsishot/Flickr.
CIVITAS is designed as a programme that allows cities to learn from each other and facilitate exchange of ideas. The CIVITAS Forum Network brings together all CIVITAS and other cities that are committed to introducing ambitious, clean urban transport strategies. CIVITAS intend to support EMPOWER in a number of ways including delivering knowledge about barriers and drivers for sustainable transport in cities, facilitating contact with the cities within our demonstration projects that are actually implementing measures, and enrolling EMPOWER topics and issues within discussion groups within the CIVITAS community.
Milan’s Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) represents an important change to the city’s mobility and transport policy. It is aimed at enhancing public transport, giving value to urban space and shifting the urban mobility focus from private car ownership to a model based on shared mobility services (such as car- and scooter-sharing) across the whole metropolitan area.
Photo by Igor Chernishov/Flickr.
EMPOWER resembles the goals of Eindhoven’s vision on sustainable mobility called ‘Eindhoven en Route’. The results of EMPOWER will contribute to the realisation of EMPOWER and Eindhoven’s integrated goals: an attractive, healthy, sustainable accessible and energy neutral city.
Photo by Maciek Lulko/Flickr.
The Gothenburg Region has taken the strategic decision to contribute to the development of an economy independent of fossil fuels by 2030 and support the Vastra Gotaland Climate Strategy. Gothenburg have the objective to increase the number of travels by public transport by at least 40%. In order to reach these objectives Gothenburg want to provide new innovative tools to citizens to promote a change in travelling habits. Gothenburg has a climate-certified international airport, a well-developed tram network that does not generate any carbon dioxide emissions and no less than 1,000 practical rental bikes at your disposal. A large network of buses, trams and ferries make up the public transport system in Gothenburg.
Related Projects: UbiGo, Tripzoom, SUNSET, GO:SMART. Photo by Ulf Bodin/Flickr.
Arnhem Nijmegen are trying to improve liveability inside their region, while still enabling mobility and accessibility of the cities. Within the province of Gelderland, the region Arnhem – Nijmegen is an easily accessible and bicycle friendly region, and has several fast cycling routes. Fast cycling routes connect residential, work and shopping areas in the different towns and cities.
Related Projects: Accesible Public Transport, SMART, Bicyclebuddy, Toury Bike Game, ITS in Car or Cooperative Systems. Photo by nldazuu.com/Flickr.
Eskilstuna is a city in Södermanland County, Sweden. The city of Eskilstuna had 67 359 inhabitants in 2015, with a total municipal population of 100,092 inhabitants in Eskilstuna municipality. Eskilstuna has goals to double the travel with public transport and bicycle within 10 years and to reduce the use of conventionally fuelled vehicles from 58% to 39%.
Related Projects: Green travel card, carpooling in newly built houses and mobility plans for work places. Photo by Henrik Sundholm/Flickr.
The Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) promotes the integration of sustainable transport in global policies on sustainable development and climate change. SLoCaT consists of a multi-stakeholder partnership of over 90 organisations, which is supported by the SLoCaT Foundation. SLoCaT see the work proposed by EMPOWER to be timely and much needed.
First Group is one of the world’s leading providers of efficient local transport solutions for an increasingly congested world, which are vital for keeping people moving and communities prospering. As part of developing new innovative solutions, First Group are introducing more efficient vehicles and alternative fuels that will reduce impacts on resources, lower carbon emissions and improve air quality.
Related Projects: Technology Strategy Board project Smarter Travel Initiatives
Developing a low carbon economy remains an integral part of the recently refreshed Greater Manchester Strategy. Transport for Greater Manchester welcome contributions from low carbon projects and innovations from leading-edge businesses and universities who share the vision for Greater Manchester.
Photo by Adrian McGarry/Flickr
The West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan is a 15 year plan which sets out West Yorkshire’s transport needs and aspirations up to 2026. The plan covers all forms of local transport including buses, trains, roads, cycling and walking. The Plan has three main objectives: Economy to improve connectivity to support economic activity and growth in West Yorkshire and the Leeds City Region; Low Carbon to make substantial progress towards a low carbon, sustainable transport system for West Yorkshire, while recognising transport’s contribution to national carbon reduction plans; and quality of life to enhance the quality of life of people living in, working in and visiting West Yorkshire.
Related Projects: Adult Cycle Training Programme – go:cycling ‘Ride for Rewards’, Evolving Car Share Offer to the City and West Yorkshire Region. Photo by Mathew Roberts/Flickr
By 2031, Milton Keynes aims to have the most sustainable transport system in the UK, increasing its attractiveness as a place to live, work, visit, and do business. There will be a real transport choice to satisfy individual preferences and encourage more sustainable travel behaviour. Transport networks, including the unique grid road and Redway networks, will be expanded and fully integrated into new developments and regeneration areas to support more sustainable communities. The council will work in partnership with all sectors and the wider community to deliver the transport vision and strategy.
Kocaeli Province is a province of Turkey. Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality works for sustainable and low-carbon urban and safe transport solutions in the city. Currently the municipality works on integrated transport and bike sharing schemes and also innovative technological transport management solutions. These goals will help the city to reduce the use of conventionally fuelled vehicles and improve air quality.
Related Projects: Road Safety Laboratory Kocaeli, Sustainable Transportation Association, Sharing Opportunities for Low-Carbon Urban Transportation (SOLUTIONS). Photo by –ιкℓιм–/Flickr
Lindholmen Science Park support EMPOWER by embracing the Test Arena aspects of making sustainable mobility a reality with initiatives that focus on positive incentives. Lindholmen Science park have previously had many forms of collaboration with EMPOWER partners including Viktoria Swedish ICT and Commute Greener.
Related Projects: Commute Greener. Photo by Mabry Campbell/Flickr
EkoPlaza contribute to EMPOWER by providing rewards for the participants of SMART. EkoPlaza do this, as they believe that it is a common responsibility (public and private) to improve the quality of lives of the people in cities.
The Sustainable Environment and Tourism Supporters (Sürdürülebilir Çevre ve Turizm Destekçileri Derneği) are a newly established NGO, and their vision is the realisation of the rich tourism potential of Turkey with minimum negative environmental, ecological, social and economic impacts and with maximum contribution to the preservation of cultural and natural heritage and improvement of the well-being of the local host communities. Their mission is to promote a sustainable tourism approach and wider acceptance and implementation of sustainable tourism practices in Turkey. Website: http://www.surcevtur.com
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Cities for Mobility want to search for common ways towards sustainable mobility – meaning a mobility which is accessible to all, environmentally-friendly and economy-focused. In this endeavour, Cities for Mobility would like to cooperate closely with experts from the economy, universities and research institutions as well as nongovernmental organisations.
Related Projects: Go Pedelec!, Active Access, SUMPA-MED, SOL – Safe Our Lives, Lecodenet. Photo by Tom Draxler/Flickr
Taormina is a small city and commune in the Metropolitan City of Messina on the east coast of the island of Sicily, Italy, midway between Messina and Catania.
Photo by Tiberio Frascari/Flickr
SC Oradea Transport Local SA (OTLSA) is the company authorised locally by Oradea City Hall to lead and manage public transport in the municipality of Oradea . The company offers two types of services: transport by bus, and transport by tram. Through thew ATTAC project, OTLSA hope to reduce air and noise pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption, contribute to enhancing the attractiveness and quality of the urban environment and urban design, reduce traffic congestion, reduce CO emissions, and develop the local public transport system.
Related Projects: Attractive Urban Public Transport for Accessible Cities aka ATTAC. Photo by Bogdan Barabas/Flickr
The City of Madrid has developed different measures to move towards more sustainable urban transport, adapting urban policies to achieve ambitious objectives. The city has focused on different areas with different activities: alternative fuels in buses, economic incentives for less polluting vehicles, launching the biggest e-bikesharing system in Europe, etc.
Tiemme Toscana Mobilità was founded in 2010 through the amalgamation of four companies. Based in Arezzo, it manages local public transport services in the region of Tuscany. Tiemme’s mission is to guarantee high-quality transport services to the people within its territory, protecting the environment and making use of innovative technologies.
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Glasgow recently implemented the Glasgow City Centre Transport Strategy. Five objectives have been defined. The five objectives are 1. Improve the health of Glasgow’s citizens by increasing the modal share of trips to/from and within the city centre by active travel modes (walking, cycling and public transport); 2. Support the growth in economic vibrancy of the city centre, by ensuring access for residents, blue badge holders, tourists and traffic essential to sustain economic functions; 3. Enhance the quality of main pedestrian spaces, key development areas and main access routes; 4. Reduce harmful traffic emissions and noise; and 5. Enhance road safety and personal security for all city centre users.
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Trikala is a medium-sized provincial city in the middle of Greece. One of the main objectives of the City of Trikala is to tackle congestion caused by road traffic within the city centre. Currently the city centre is a pedestrian area, but to a restricted point. The local authorities have the intention to broaden this area, reducing the use of cars and other vehicles, applying innovative ideas in the transportation field like private car sharing, renting of municipal bicycles, scheduling of demand responsive municipal buses. The aim is to change the citizen’s mobility habits towards more environmentally friendly and sustainable urban mobility, while raising their awareness about alternative mobility schemes that will support them in the decision making process.
Related Projects: MyWay, CityMobil2 project
Drammen is a city in Buskerud, Norway. The port and river city of Drammen is centrally located in the eastern and most populated part of Norway. Drammen is part of the LO-PINOD project. Led by the Institute for Sustainability, LO-PINOD focuses on building an efficient, balanced and sustainable transport network in Drammen.
Related Projects: LO-PINOD. Photo by Torgeir Esig Sørensen/Flickr
Porto is located in a setting of rare natural beauty on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Portugal’s second largest city stretches across 41.66 km² and is home to 263,000 inhabitants. Porto has joined CIVITAS ELAN to foster the necessary changes towards an urban transport system that guarantees all citizens high-quality mobility and limits its environmental impact. The city is adopting mobility management techniques to minimise the effects of increased road traffic and is making efforts to change people’s travel habits. To this end, Porto opened a “mobility shop” that provides information, gathers travellers’ feedback and monitors mobility issues in the centre.
Related Projects: CIVITAS ELAN. Photo by paolo di sarra/Flickr
In 2015, Sustrans delievered the Good Transport Plan on behalf of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership Transport Group, an exciting visionary document that incorporates the transport schemes happening across the city alongside the aspirations for Bristol’s transport future. The Good Transport Plan will be an ambitious tool that has some simple, agreed aims to inspire people at every level, from individuals and community organisations, to businesses and government officials, to make small changes or take big actions that can help to deliver the vision of a more sustainable transport future.
Photo by David Rochas/Flickr
Softeco Sismat is a company based in Genova, Italy, that provides innovative ICT solutions and services that leverage proven experience in technology and process to meet the needs of customers and grow their business. Softesco Sismat aims to be a centre of excellence in the world of energy, transport and industry where continuity is guaranteed by expertise.
Photo by Andrea Masala/Flickr
The City of Geneva is the largest commune of the Canton of Geneva and the second largest city in Switzerland. Through ICLEI, Geneva promotes the view that cities have a key role to play in promoting sustainable development. The City’s Administrative Council ensures that all its divisions use environmental management systems to implement environmentally sound practices and that they actively raise public awareness.
Photo by Georgi C/Flickr
Related Projects: ICLEI
Located on the river Loire, close to the Atlantic Coast, the Nantes conurbation with its 24 municipalities and 550,000 inhabitants is the largest urban centre in western France. Nantes has a long-established integrated and sustainable transport policy with a focus on public transport and cycling and was the first French city to successfully reintroduce electric trams. Its ambitious transport policy has reduced air pollution, and a new climate plan aims to cut CO2 emissions by a quarter by 2020. Despite its demographic expansion, the city has witnessed a significant reduction in the use of private cars.
Related Projects: VIVALDI. Photo by Pierre Photos/Flickr
Bremen, a traditional harbor city in the North of Germany with an urban population of 550,000, serves as a showcase of synergies between the strategic areas of sustainable transport. Bremen’s Car-Sharing Action Plan intends to quadruple the number of car-sharers by 2020 (from 2008) – achieving 20,000 active users and replacing 6,000 private cars. The current share of cycling, 25%, shall be increased to more than 30% by 2020. The City of Bremen’s long standing commitment for better mobility, together with its Action Plan for Air Quality Management, have already led to good results: about 60% of all journeys in the city centre are either made on foot, using a bicycle or by public transit. These environmentally friendly modes of transport are supported by the ‘car-on-call’ of the Bremen Car-Sharing operator.
Ghent is Belgium’s third largest city with about 247,000 inhabitants on an area of 156.18 km². Over the past couple of years, Ghent has become much more attractive after the city has made considerable efforts to curb the use of private cars, calm traffic in the city centre and improve bicycle mobility. Ghent has an extensive public transport network serving the city centre and surrounding area.
Related Projects: CIVITAS ELAN. Photo by François de Nodrest/Flickr
Internationally regarded as a standard setter for cycling, Münster owns some 450km of cycle networks and the largest underground bike parking facility in Germany. It also has nearly 70 years of policy promotion. The Vision Zero programme, for instance, helps radically improved transport safety by bringing in a range of measures including wide cycle highways, cycle bridges and tunnels at intersections, lower car-speeds, higher visibility of cycle routes, more traffic monitoring and penalties. Besides cycling, bus transportation also forms an important part of the city’s environmental and climate protection – a concept that has been institutionalised since 1992. Aiming at reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent no later than 2020, the climate protection package encompasses the fields of building, power generation, renewable energy, electricity saving and traffic, and coordinates the work of different municipal offices. While businesses can obtain support in the business network “Münster Climate Alliance”; citizens are also encouraged to engage by committing themselves in the “Citizens pact”, a comprehensive public relations program run by the city government.
Related Projects: EcoMobility. Photo by Ventura Carmona/Flickr
The City of Pisa, in the framework of its Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP), will identify and develop measures to support traffic management, interagency coordination, in addition to the improvement of traffic efficiency, the availability of freight vehicles parking slots, and the reduction of the negative related effects, as pollution and waste of resources (time and fuel).
Related Projects: NOVELOG. Photo by Juan Figueirido/Flickr
Bath will enhance its unique status by adopting measures that promote sustainable transport and reduce the intrusion of vehicles, particularly in the historic core. The aim is to reduce congestion and allow people to move around to make the long-term economic strategy for the area work. Key proposals include developing a walking/cycling strategy to make Bath the UK’s most walkable city; better management of HGVs in the city; continued expansion of Park and Ride sites and; a new location for coaches to park after dropping off visitors in the centre.
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“Greener Trondheim – Partnership for sustainable transport” is an agreement between 6 political parties, and was approved by The Norwegian parliament in June 2009. The focus is on building better main roads facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, improving public transport, resulting in less greenhouse gas emissions, congestion, traffic noise, and helping to reduce the number of traffic accidents. Improvements include new buses, improved bus stops, more bus lanes, electronic ticketing, separate bus roads, bus priority, increased service frequency, reduced fares, a pedestrianised square and streets, improved bicycle network and shortcuts for pedestrians and bicycles. Since implementing these measures Trondheim has had the best air quality in over 20 years.
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Funchal is the capital of Madeira, an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. The town is 75 km² in size and has 104,000 inhabitants. Funchal progressively closed urban streets in the historic centre and constructed coastal promenades to promote pedestrian mobility and leisure activities. The city also restricted surface parking in the city centre and constructed street rings around the city, which helped to reduce the traffic flow in the centre significantly. In 2010 Funchal decided to implement a new sustainable public transport strategy to encourage tourists to use local transport over private forms of travel. Together with local hotels it produced a Tourist Kit that included transport tickets, maps and other guides to help holidaymakers get around easily by public transport. Its quick success helped boost overall ticket sales for the local public transport operator and improved the satisfaction of hotel guests.
Related Projects: CIVITAS MIMOSA, CIVITAS DESTINATIONS. Photo by Bruno Pereira/Flickr
The Heidelburg Department of Transport and Environment focuses on analysis of energy consumption and emissions of motorised transport systems as well as assessment of measures and strategies for reduction of transport-related environmental impacts. Concern for the environment and climate has a long tradition in Heidelberg. Over the decades, together with its many network partners, the city has established a reputation as a center of environment and sustainability. In 1992, Heidelberg was the first city in Germany to introduce a municipal climate protection concept.
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ENIDE is a SME based in Barcelona specialised in creating and combining innovative solutions and technologies, as well as research support services such as innovation management and living labs coordination. ENIDE was created in spring 2011 by professionals having a large expertise and experience in EU research projects, as well as its application to economic sectors worldwide.
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The current transport policies and strategies in Athens are formulated and delivered through the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, the Ministry of Environment Energy and Climate Change and the Greek National Strategic Reference Framework. The Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks in 2008 established a commission for Green Transport in order to study, promote and implement actions to save energy in transport and environmental protection whose main actions in the transport sector are the renewal of the fleet of cars for phasing out old, polluting vehicles, the construction of two bicycle lanes and the promotion of environmentally friendly vehicles for public transport like natural gas buses, electric buses and the use of hydrogen and hybrid busses. The Ministry of Environment Energy and Climate Change has set a basic goal of promoting green growth.
Related Projects: TransPrice. Photo by jazoudis/Flickr
Bretagne Développement Innovation (BDI) is Brittany’s regional development and innovation agency, and encourages Breton economic stakeholders to work together and plays a role in the leadership and coordination of regional economic development and innovation strategy. BDI has nearly 800 contacts in Europe thanks to its participation in networks such as Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), European Regions for Innovation in Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ERIAFF), European Regions Research & Innovation Network Business Network (EBN). Their areas of expertise include renewable energy transitions, sustainable agriculture and agri-food, factory of the future, and declared mobility.
City of Torino is a Government organisation in Turin, Italy. In 2011 the Municipality of Turin in Northern Italy approved a new Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) with the aim of reducing traffic congestion as well as greenhouse gases and pollutant emissions within the next 10-15 years. This will be mainly achieved by acting on some strategic projects: the completion of the line 1 metro, the new metro line 2, the rail link between the Torino-Ceres rail and the passerby urban rail, the launch of the suburban railway system, the completion of the tram system, new intermodal nodes and terminals for intercity and suburban buses as well as new cycle paths, pedestrian zones and the reduction of car parking in streets.
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The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (which consists of 12 Faculties, 42 Schools and 289 Laboratories) conducts research projects, participates in European research programmes and projects, cooperates with international institutions and organisations, and attracts outstanding researchers from within Greece and abroad. The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki became the first green university in Greece, implementing a well-organised plan of actions and initiatives to enhance environmental sustainability and environmentally friendly practices on campus.
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As the name suggests the The Institute of Technology and Business particularly focuses on technical spheres. The faculty consists of 4 departments (Department of Transport and Logistics, Department of Civil Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Informatics and Natural Sciences). The Faculty is responsible for the technical fields of study and controls the construction of the new laboratories. The Institute is currently focused on systematic and permanent improvements in quality, deepening the cooperation with the application sphere, infrastructure development, transferring research activities into the application sphere, and increasing the employability of graduates.
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Zealand is a large island that is part of Denmark. It’s home to the capital, Copenhagen, and the city of Roskilde. Copenhagen is truly a green city surrounded by water and parks, with climate-friendly citizens to match. Copenhageners excel in combining sustainable solutions with growth and a high quality of life. In fact, Copenhagen was European Green Capital 2014. The ambitious green profile of the city has a clear goal: The City of Copenhagen aims to become the world’s first CO2 neutral capital by 2025.
The seventh largest city in Spain, Murcia has a population of 436,870 inhabitants. The city is proud of its sustainable transport measures, mostly for the reopened tram line. Murcia has made worthy progress in the field of sustainable urban transport. Although trams were introduced in Murcia in 1896, after 33 years in service they were replaced by buses. A new 2.2 km long tramline was opened in 2007 and met with such success that a contract to extend and operate it for 40 years was offered in April 2009, with a further extension secured in June 2011. Electronic ticketing systems have been installed at all 28 stations to provide rapid and easy access of services to passengers, particularly those with limited mobility. Plans have been made for three additional tramlines, covering the entire city in an east-west and north-south direction.
Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city. A Lisbon mobility project won an international award at the 2015 World Congress of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP). The ‘Let Us Move You’ project – organised by Lisbon’s transport operator, Trasportes de Lisboa, and metro company, Metropolitano de Lisboa – aims to increase the number of young adults using the metro for everyday journeys. The project, which received financing from the EU-co-funded CIVITAS Initiative, also addresses the barriers that young people face when using public transport and which influence their travel behaviour, and includes them in the decision-making process for improving sustainable mobility in the Portuguese capital.
Related Projects: Let Us Move You. Photo by Stefano Giordano/Flickr.
The European Metropolis of Lille (MEL) is an intercommunal public authority gathering 85 cities in the North of France. It is the organizing authority of mobility on Lille’s urban area. It is also responsible for Road Management, Public Transports, Waste and Drinking Water System, Urban Planning, Nature and Living environment, Housing, Economic development, European and International Relations, Accessibility for Disability, Crematoriums, Culture, Sport and Tourism.
MEL is responsible for the co-ordination of Transpole, the private sector company that operates a public transport network throughout the Métropole. The network comprises buses and coaches (8 cross-border lines reaching into Belgium including 193 biogas buses), trams (two lines) and a driverless metro system (two lines). The Lille Metro is a VAL system (véhicule automatique léger = light automated vehicle) that opened on May 16, 1983, becoming the first automatic metro network in the world.
The National Transport Authority is responsible for public transport investment in the Greater Dublin Area. The “Integration, Sustainable Transport Measures & Support Sub-programme” facilitates investment in the various cycling/walking, bus, safety and traffic management projects throughout the region. The Authority has divided its Sustainable Transport Measures Grants into five broad subprogrammes. These are: 1. Cycling/Walking Programme, supporting physical improvements to tackle particular barriers to walking and cycling and to improve the walking and cycling environment; 2. Bus Network Programme, targeted at providing bus journey time savings, improvements to bus reliability throughout the whole bus network and passenger information/facilities; 3. Traffic Management Programme, targeted at appropriate schemes to improve the effectiveness of traffic movement in balance with other modes of transport; 4. Safety Programme, aimed at providing a safe travel environment for all road users, especially more vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists); and 5. Other Projects (signage schemes, traffic studies, Intelligent Transport Systems, Goods-focused projects, etc.).
Eskişehir is the capital of Turkey’s Eskişehir Province, with a population of about 650,000 people. EMBARQ Turkey is working to improve active transport infrastructure and safety in Eskişehir through its BikeLab project.
Related Projects: Building a cycling culture in Turkey, Building Efficiency Accelerator, CampusLab brings bike safety and accessibility to Turkish universities. Photo by Başak Ekinci/Flickr.
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Bowling Enschede contribute to EMPOWER by providing rewards for participants of the SMART app. Bowling Enschede do this, because they believe in helping to improve the quality of lives for people in Enschede, through offering rewards for reducing the use of conventionally fuelled vehicles.
Created in 1989, the Transportation Authority is responsible for long-range transportation planning for San Francisco, and it analyses, designs and funds improvements for San Francisco’s roadway and public transportation networks. The Transportation Authority administers and oversees the delivery of the Prop K half-cent local transportation sales tax program. It also serves as the designated Congestion Management Agency (CMA) for San Francisco under state law, and acts as the San Francisco Program Manager for grants from the Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA). The Transportation Authority was designated Treasure Island Mobility Management Agency (TIMMA) in 2014, charged with planning for sustainable mobility on Treasure Island, coordinating new ferry and regional bus service, on-island shuttle, bike share, and car share opportunities.
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Istanbul Sehir University currently collaborates with the WRI Turkey through joint meetings. Istanbul Sehir University is a home to the Center for Energy, Environment and Social Studies and Sustainable Systems and Solutions Lab. Smart and Sustainable cities is also one of the major investment areas of the institution, especially with the development of first Smart City. As part of this Smart City, The Techno Park will be built in the green Dragos Campus in 2018.
Exeter is a city which is growing rapidly, both in terms of population and as a centre of employment for a large travel to work area, which presents Exeter with significant transport challenges. Exeter City Council works with Devon County Council in a number of projects to promote sustainable transport.
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Devon County Council is the county council administering the English county of Devon. Based in the city of Exeter, the council covers the non-metropolitan county area of Devon. The population of the area administered by the council is estimated at 765,302, making it the largest local authority in South West England. Devon County Council is involved in the InnovaSUMP EU funded project, with Exeter being one of the cities that will be developing a mobility plan.
Related projects: InnovaSUMP
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New Haven in the U.S. state of Connecticut, is the principal municipality in Greater New Haven. It is located on New Haven Harbor on the northern shore of Long Island Sound in New Haven County, Connecticut, and is part of the New York metropolitan area. New Haven recently launched goNewHavengo. Their vision is to create a more liveable, vital New Haven, and their mission is to promote health and well-being across the region by advancing safe, cost effective and convenient transport for getting into and around New Haven. goNewHavengo collaborates with communities, government agencies, businesses, schools and NGOs across New Haven and Connecticut to plan outreach and awareness events, design specialised strategies to reduce car dependency, encourage local leaders to champion sustainable mobility, and advocate for a multi-modal transportation system that services everyone. You can read New Haven’s 2016-2018 Strategic Plan which provides more details on how they will work to achieve this vision.