“It was a great, productive and positive experience to have you here and I am very happy for the respectful sharing of ideas we had. This is very positive for Kalmar” summarizes Robert Dahlstöm, project manager, the first cities.multimodal peer review in Kalmar on Januar 17th 2019.
To reach the climate targets private car traffic must be reduced. A municipal travelling habit survey made by the Swedish Association of Green Motorists (Gröna Bilister) shows that car dependency can be reduced in medium-sized cities and commuter towns.
From 15-17th of October the cities.multimodal consortium gathered for the 2nd partner meeting in the capital of Latvia, Riga. We spent 1,5 days of intensive work on diferent activities, with discussions, brainstorming, creative writing excercises and planning for the upcoming 2 years.
Mr Angelo Meulemann from the SHARE-North project joined us for an inspirational presentation about the mobihubs concept and provided inut for further discussion on our planned mobility points in the project.
The City of Gdansk has recently launched two pedestrian counters as a part of the cities.multimodal project. The counters have appeared in two main city districts located in the pilot area, namely Wrzeszcz and City Centre. Thanks to the temperature recognition technology, the results achieved will enable urban decision-making and planning processes even more pedestrian-friendly. There is no doubt that being easily portable from one spot to another around the city makes them unique and highly useful, e.g. for Living Streets campaigns or temporary road pedestrianization.
Riga has set a goal to achieve the status of the Smart City by integrating cross-sectorial innovations into transportation, housing, energy and public administration. Also, the “Sustainable Development Strategy of Riga-2030” sets our ambition “to become an internationally recognisable metropolis with high quality of life, innovative economy, smart and efficient management of the resources, modern administration and active participation of city residents”.
The City of Aarhus, like many other European cities is growing. In 2030, it is estimated around 50,000 people will have been added to the current population of 325,000 a growth of more than 10 %. 30,000 more jobs will move to the city and approximately 20,000 more cars if there are no changes to the mobility patterns.
The vehicle-to-population ratio growth in Russia has led to a number of downsides associated with the expanding use of personal vehicles: rising traffic congestion, emissions of pollutants, road traffic accidents and travel time losses. In many Russian cities, people in practice don’t use public transport because of its poor reliability, large headways and poor quality of services, uncomfortable routes orsimply, because it is not available!
The Polish Union of Active Mobility (PUMA) carried out a promotion and educational campaign in the field of mobility management named “Mobility Kindergartens – Active Kids”. As a part of the campaign 13 kindergartens received kick scooters for kids. The kick scooters are available for rental and for commuting to and from the kindergarten.
The goals of the campaign are to:
As a result of the data gathering in the preparatory analysis, the Technical University of Berlin (TUB) prepared fact sheets for each city.
Cities.multimodal was presented at the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission meeting held in Klaipeda, Lithuania 13-14th of September. The topic of the meeting was Sustainable Urban Mobility - “Trends and challenges in the Baltic Sea Region”.
Mobility professionals in Copenhagen and Malmö introduced strategies on how to benefit from urban planning when creating mobility solutions and on how to create a dialogue with citizens when remaking public spaces.
“A couple of years ago Vilnius started to implement a Park & Ride system and at the same time our Sustainable urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) was initiated. The idea in the cities.multimodal project, to implement a mobility hub– that was a new issue, a pioneering project, which can be shown to our key decision makers, specialists and communities!
How can we increase multimodality and how can we implement smart mobility management in the cities.multimodal partner cities? The first step of the answer on this question certainly is: Let’s have a closer look at the situations regarding these central elements of sustainable urban mobility. This would build a basis for developing measures tailored to the specific conditions and challenges of the cities.
“Kalmar is working actively with urban mobility topics as a result of the ample changes and expansion that the town is currently undergoing due to a brand new university campus that is being erected in the city centre. Soon several thousand students and staff will be added to the present flow of daily commuters, so there is an imminent need for integrated planning and strategies that develop the town in a sustainable and attractive way. This entails securing the awareness and acceptance of inhabitants, employers and business owners.
The first regular project meeting for cities.multimodal was held in April 25-26 2018 in Turku in the former shipyard-now-museum Forum Marinum. Besides the project management discussions, the partners worked in different workshops on their planned activities, a "market of methods" introduced citizen involvement methods that the cities are about to test during the project lifetime. Apart from the intensive work, the partners also had enough time to network during the evening programme and the site visit at the end of the meeting.
On november 23-24 2017 17 partners kicked-off the cities.multimodal project in Rostock together. With the Hanseatic city as the lead partner, the consortium will work for 3 years towards a change in urban mobility - shifting from focusing on individual private car use to more sustainable, mulltimodal options to move around the city.