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Through different activities and measures, 10 partner cities improved the conditions for their citizens to easily and smoothly combine walking, cycling, the use of public transport  as well as shared mobility ( bikes, cars, e-cars and bikes) as a more sustainable alternative to individual private car use. The consortium of  cities, NGO´s, universities and expert partners were applying a low threshold approach for sustainable urban mobility. Within the project, the partner cities defined a pilot area, in which they implemented different activities and measures on multimodality and mobility management

Main Facts

Project activities

Project activities involved all partners in different roles. The activities were clustered in groups (GoA) in four work packages (WP):

Work package 1:
Project management and administration (lead: City of Rostock)

Work package 2:
Multimodal city quarters (pilot areas)- reducing car dependence, congestion and pollution (lead: City of Kalmar)

The preparatory analysis created a common ground for sustainable mobility in the participating cities in order to establish relevant comparison, regardless of the city size or other external conditions. This step will also establish baseline for urban mobility and therefore fundamental for the final evaluation and knowledge exchange

With the objective to incorporate sustainable urban mobility planning into urban planning process of the participating cities, CMM worked with SUMP methodology as a basis for the pilot areas. Lesson learnt and best practice are shared in the "Planner´s Guide for sustainable urban mobility planning".

To secure joint development the learning and sharing from each other is crucial and therefore the method of peer reviews was used to exchange, receive and give feedback and cooperate between local experts about the local measures. More info about the method and the reports of all peer reviews.

By collecting and comparing planning and decision making process of the Mobility Points CMM developed a framework  for the planning process, design and promotion of the mobility points, which is included in the  "Planner´s Guide for sustainable urban mobility planning.

Travelling apps and solutions are fundamental in seamless A to B travelling planning and yet there is no BSR coverage of supply and demand of state of the art of these solutions. This activity carried out a comprehensive desk research and in depth knowledge exchange with all CMM partners and connected experts. The results can be found in the publications " Multimodal travel planning - an analysis of ICT  travel planning solutions in Baltic Sea Region Cities" and " Criteria catalogue for ICT travel planning solution functionalities"

Multimodal mobility campaigns are all about reaching out and influencing the general public and inhabitants of a city. This is done by promoting desired mobility patterns and solutions and conveying people to increase the rate of sustainable transport solutions. Project partners carried out campaigns, accompanying their local measures.

With the baseline values established initially in the project, all the efforts and comparisons in WP2 were evaluated in the end of the project. These conclusions, analysis and results are also part of the "Planner´s Guide for sustainable urban mobility planning.

Work package 3:
Mobility management - changing behaviour from individual car use to using sustainable modes of mobility (lead: City of Gdansk)

Aims at creating common ground for sustainable transport in the participating cities in order to establish relevant comparison, regardless of the city size or other external conditions. This step  established the baseline for urban mobility and therefore fundamental for the final evaluation and knowledge exchange

City partners developed together a framework for mobility management concepts that they implemented locally in their pilot area together with different institutions

Peer reviews of mobility management measures ensured the (transnational) learning between project partners, provided feedback and input as well as inspiration.

Behavioural change needs to start with the small ones - therefore mobility management activities are particular successful in kindergardens and schools. The project partners  implement their mobility management concepts together with kindergarden and school teachers, pupils and parents in their pilot area. The outcomes are available in the "Mobility Management toolbox"

Project partners  implemented their mobility management concepts with companies and inner city investors in the pilot area. The outcomes are available in the "Mobility Management toolbox"

With the baseline values established initially in the project, all the efforts and comparisons in WP3 will be evaluated towards the end of the project.

Work package 4:
Capacity building, citizen involvement and dissemination (lead: UBC SCC)

During the project lifetime two training workshops will be organised for the project partners with a train-the-trainer approach. They on their hand then organise trainings on the local level for their stakeholders

Two study visits were organised (to Copenhagen/Malmö and to Bremen/Hamburg) to enhance the inspiration and learn from advanced cities about citizen involvement, mobility managamenet and mobility point implementation.

Citizen involvement is a very crucial part of sustainable urban mobility planning. During the project, cities tested at least two new and innovative methods during their process and reported back on them. The results are found in "Planner´s Guide for sustainable urban mobility planning  and as a compilation of test reports

A variety of dissemination tools ensured the promotion of the outcomes of this project: apart from promotional material, we published 7 newsletters,
produced a webinar series including 4 sessions on the projects´ topics adn represented the project at numerous regional and European events.


Project outcomes

The project will result in a variety of outcomes - publications, guidelines, handbooks and other materials, which can be found on the materials page (updated during the project lifetime).

Mobility points: 5 partner city  implemented a multimodal mobilty point within their pilot area. They  carefully planned the investment in infrastructure and then implemented, in cooperation with local stakeholders and citizens, a place where the interchange between at east two (sustainable) mobility modes is facilitated. This can be done through combining bicycle racks/storage/sharing in connection to public transport hubs, parking and charging of electric cars at a station and much more. In the project the cities develop, implement and evaluate mobility points/stations  located along bicycle super highways, commuter connections and central stations but also more private ones located in parking lots of larger employers. We include mobility points that develop concepts for electric cargo bikes, mobility points that are added to old central stations and mobility points that are included from the beginning in new city development plans.

Planner's guide for sustainable urban mobility planning in city quarters: the guide is the main outcome of the project and comprises the results from several activities. It is targeted at mobility and transport planners as well as other persons working with city and mobility planning. The publication contains good practices, results and tips from peer reviews and testing of methods and tools - it is a comprehensive, applicable handbook for colleagues in other European cities.

Toolbox for mobility management: The toolbox  compiles mobility management concepts and measures for the selected target groups, a transferable checklist including the partners´ experiences. It  includes chapters on different target groups.

Capacity building workshops: Follwoing a joint curriculum, two training courses for the project partners were organised. Training materials and references to other projects, and platforms were combined with expert input on two topics that were chosen within the consortium. The trainings were carried out in cooperation with the Eltis platform. The training material was made available for all partners to be used in local trainings, when needed.

Citizen involvement in practice - good practices: 15 new and innovative methods and tools on how to involve citizens in sustainable urban mobility planning, the mobility point planning and implementation and all other activities were tested by the partners. The cities evaluated tools and methods and shared their best tips and tricks on how to organise a successful involvement process.