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.