A Handbook on Sustainable Mobility in the Mediterranean Area: best practices of the Urban Transports Community

The best practices of the modular projects of the MED Urban Transports Community are gathered in the recently published Handbook on Sustainable Mobility in the Mediterranean Area.

(Rome, 29 July 2019) Why don’t we take a sustainable ride towards better cities? This is the proposition of the Handbook on sustainable mobility in the Mediterranean area, which represents the culmination of the MOBILITAS project and combines the results and best practices of the 7 modular projects of the Urban Transports Community. This community includes the modular projects - CAMPsUmp, EnerNETMob, LOCATIONS, MOBILITAS, MOTIVATE, REMEDIO and SUMPORT - and is coordinated by the GO SUMP horizontal project.

Mobilities policies and mobilities actions support this handbook, combining the theoretical aspects of the pilot projects with the practical results of the measures successfully implemented in the Mediterranean area. This handbooks therefore provides guidance for managing sustainable mobility which can be replicated in other areas. It targets all types of stakeholders such as citizens, local authorities, experts, policy makers and professionals.

“Sustainable transportation is the capacity to support the mobility needs of a society in a manner that is the least damaging to the environment and does not impair the mobility needs of future generations” according to Jean-Paul Rodrigue, doctor in transport geography. Urban mobility problems, sustainable urban mobility plans, challenges to sustainable mobility in MED cities, innovation, research, future of the transport system are only but some of the issues tackled in this very complete handbook, together with the externalities of the transport system in urban areas such as traffic congestion, road traffic accidents, air and noise pollution.

The handbook gives star billing to citizens’ engagement through promotion and communication. Considering the impacts that both the locals and the tourists generate on the cities’ transport systems, it is essential to engage people in the process of changing habits towards a more sustainable mobility. As Andrea Conti puts it “not only the culture of the place, but also people’s attitude, characterize people’s behaviour in terms of choosing the means of transport. Ultimately, this choice affects the quality of mobility in urban areas”.

Action tools are provided throughout this handbook that highlights different types of measures that ultimately lead to a better and sustainable urban mobility. They rank from mobility guidelines, planning and policies to action plans and tourist mobility scenarios. Multiple types of propositions are made based on the experiences of the modular projects such as sustainable urban mobility plans (SUMPs), crowd-sourcing tools, development of IT tools, applications, establishment of bike lanes, car pooling and e-bikes sharing systems, parking control system and even traffic information centers.

The handbook also looks up to the future by analysing the shift towards the development of connected and automated mobility, highlighting the work of the European Commission in research and innovation to increase investment, boost competitiveness, promote user engagement and societal uptake in the field of sustainable urban mobility.

You can get a preview of the handbook by watching this video as well as access the full version of the handbook here.

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