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About cities.multimodal

Through different activities and measures, 10 partner cities want to make it easier and smoother for their citizens to 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 are applying a low threshold approach for sustainable urban mobility, attractive and easy to adopt for follower cities. Within the project, the partner cities define a pilot area, in which they implement different activities and measures on multimodality and mobility management

Main Facts

Project activities

Project activities involve all partners in different roles. The activities are 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 Mobility Management into urban planning process of the participating cities, CMM works with SUMP methodology. Lesson learnt and best practice will build on the Planners handbook.

To secure joint development the learning and sharing from each other is crucial and therefore organized visits with workshops will be arranged once the Mobility Points are in place in the different pilot cities.

By collecting and comparing planning and decision making process of the Mobility Points CMM will develop a framework and checklist for the planning process, design and promotion of the MP. This part is also crucial for the Planners Handbook and best practice.

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. Therefore this activity will carry out a comprehensive desk research and in depth knowledge exchange with all CMM partners and connected experts. Providing valuable knowledge and input for procurement.

Mobility Management is 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. Nudging is a contemporary and popular method but here we will compile success stories and lessons learnt from a wide variety of campaigns all over the BSR.

With the baseline values established initially in the project, all the efforts and comparisons in WP2 will be evaluated towards the end of the project. These conclusions, analysis and results will feed directly into the Planners Handbook, the output of this WP.

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 will also establish the baseline for urban mobility and therefore fundamental for the final evaluation and knowledge exchange

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

Peer reviews of mobility management measures will ensure the (transnational) learning between project partners, provide 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 will implement their mobility management concepts together with kindergarden and school teachers, pupils and parents in their pilot area.

Project partners will implement their mobility management concepts with companies and inner city investors in the pilot area.

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

Three study visits will be organised 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 are to test at least two new and innovative methods during their process and report back on them. The results will form a practical guideline and evaluation of different methods of citizen involvement for other cities to use.

A variety of dissemination tools ensures the promotion of the outcomes of this project.


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: Each partner city will implement a multimodal mobilty point within their pilot area. They will carefully plan the investment in infrastructure and then implement, 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 handbook 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 will contain practical achecklists, good practices, results and tips from peer reviews and testing of methods and tools - it will be a comprehensive, applicable handbook for colleagues in other European cities.

Toolbox for mobility management: The toolbox will compile mobility management concepts and measures for the selected target groups, a transferable checklist including the partners´ experiences. It will also include a "Teachers´ toolkit for mobility management", focusing especially on teachers as multipliers.

Training courses for multipliers and for stakeholders: Follwoing a joint curriculum, two training courses for the project partners will be organised. Training materials and references to other projects, and platforms will be combined with expert input to ensure an up-to-date training on two topics that will be chosen within the consortium. The trainings also include different methods and tools for carrying out trainings on local level. Afterwards, the partners carry out trainings with their local stakeholders.

Citizen involvement in practice - guideline and good practices: The guideline will include up to 20 tested 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. partner cities evaluate tools and methods and share their best tips and tricks on ow to organise a successful involvement process. The guidline will be accompanied with a checklist how to plan and implement a citizen involvement strategy and refer to existing knowledge available in Europe.