The UTC - Urban Transports Community has finalised the selection of eight Mediterranean cities that will join our peer-learning and mentorship program to support the adaptation of tools and solutions developed by the community of seven Interreg MED Projects of the UTC. The selected cities will benefit from a privileged access to the experiences and competences of eight pioneer cities of the UTC and the support of an expert mentor and a partner of the UTC project partnership.
The Urban Transports Community has finalised the selection of eight cities that will join in a six-month peer-learning and mentorship programme in close collaboration with eight cities that have developed innovative tools and solutions for sustainable mobility as part of their participation in our Community's territorial cooperation projects.
The Community project partnership gathered a jury to assess all the candidature and to select the eight replicating cities that will join in the peer-learning and mentorship program.The jury was coordinated by CIVINET EL-CY (Greece - lead partner of the Capitalisation WP), with the participation of MedCities (Spain - lead partner of the project), Area Science Park (Italy - lead partner of the Transferring WP), and CODATU (France - partner in charge of several Transfer and Capitalisation activities). After a thorough assessment of the potential of the different candidates, the jury selected the following replicating cities:
- algoWatt S.p.A. and Genoa Municipality (Italy);
- Cyprus Energy Agency and Larnaca Municipality (Cyprus);
- Greater Irbid Municipality (Jordan);
- Municipality of Larissa (Greece);
- Municipality of Narni (Italy);
- Planifica engineers and architects agency and Castellon de la Plana Municipality (Spain);
- Municipality of Pallini (Greece);
- Municipality of Sfax (Tunisia);
One candidate is still under pending approval and will be announced as soon as possible.
The selected cities will join a peer-learning and mentorship programme that will last until the end of this year. Assisted by dedicated mentors, the successful candidates will engage in an exclusive dialogue with a select group of cities from the Urban Transports Community, who pioneered sustainable urban mobility solutions in different fields, such as: data for smart traffic management; soft mobility; shared mobility; mobility in tourist destinations; and new planning approaches. (A selection of replicable tools and solutions is available here).
They will also benefit from study visits in our Community's most significant implementation areas, where they will get hands-on experience on problems and solutions found by peer cities and regions. The mentors, provided by the Urban Transports Community, will facilitate the consolidation of working relationships and peer-to-peer exchanges with our Community partners aimed at creating the conditions for future project partnerships and funding opportunities. Besides, the mentors will write a final report to assess the peer-learning and mentorship process and to set the ground for further development and implementation of sustainable urban transport solutions.
The Urban Transports Community is an Interreg MED initiative co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) launched in November 2016 for a three-year period and renewed in October 2019 till June 2022. It gathers seven territorial cooperation projects and almost 120 organisations (public authorities, private companies, universities, NGOs and international organisations) active in twelve European-Mediterranean coastal areas that join forces to promote sustainable urban mobility planning as a tool to reduce carbon emissions and improving the quality of life of the population and the environment. The Urban Transports Community is featured by a project lead by MedCities (Barcelona, Spain), in partnership with UNIMED Mediterranean Universities Union (Rome, Italy), Area Science Park (Trieste, Italy), CODATU (Lyon, France), CIVINET CY-EL (Cyprus-Greece), POLIS, Cities and Regions for transport innovation (Brussels, Belgium), and Durres Municipality (Durres, Albania).
Details of the selected “replicating cities”
algoWatt Green Tech Solutions and Genova Municipality (Italy)
Pioneer city: Split (Croatia) and Barcelona Metropolitan Area (Spain)
UTC Partner: Area Science Park (Italy)
AlgoWatt supports the Municipality of Genoa in the design and planning of urban mobility interventions. The urban infrastructural system of the city has rapidly changed over the years and has highlighted several critical issues that negatively affect traffic on the city's main roads and air quality. These problems push to identify sustainable mobility alternatives as well as to give new vitality to those already existing by intervening with a deep restructuring. This is the focus of the replication and mentoring action that concerns the remodelling and replanning of the bike-sharing system. Starting with an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the existing bike-sharing system, the goal is to redesign a more functional system that ensures greater attractiveness to citizens and therefore greater impact on mobility. Simultaneously, it will be necessary to identify the critical infrastructure of the network of bike paths by reviewing what is already present, connecting the existing paths and possibly planning an extension of the network. To ensure the effectiveness of the intervention, this process must cover a very large area and, for this reason, the City of Genoa recognizes the importance of glancing at other similar European cities that have moved in the same direction. Barcelona Metropolitan Area is the pioneer able to support and guide and exchange with Genoa in this process. The strength lies in the Municipality's decision to give priority to soft and shared mobility solutions in the challenging goal of decreasing the level of emissions produced by urban traffic and to ensure citizens a valid, well-structured alternative to motorized mobility, giving a strong signal of discontinuity with the current situation, also thanks to a constant dialogue and collaboration with local mobility stakeholders. In this it will be able to learn also from the good practices undertaken by the City of Split that, although in a reduced geographical area, has developed a great ability in planning and extending the ebike-sharing system through access to funding by coordinating with other local actors.
Cyprus Energy Agency and Larnaca Municipality (Cyprus)
Pioneer city: Barcelona Metropolitan Area (Spain)
UTC partner: CIVINET CY-EL (Greece)
Transport is the single most polluting sector in Cyprus, being its greatest contributor to GHG emissions. The modal system’s reliance on fossil fuels has serious impacts on the citizens’ health, while the sheer volume of cars in the streets is leading the island directly to a future of gridlocks. Through integrated planning and the use of green technologies, Cyprus, and Larnaca in particular, have the opportunity to divert the shortcomings. Larnaca is a flat city with ideal size and morphological conditions to promote cycling as a convenient, safe, and sustainable transport mode. Larnaca is also a tourist destination, which causes more intense traffic problems during the summertime. The extension of the bike lane network will provide exclusive infrastructure for citizens, tourists and visitors who wish to perform ordinary or recreational trips by bike, safely and in an environmentally friendly way. Connecting existing cycling paths and creating a continuous bike network is a primary objective for Larnaca to promote an alternative to car usage, supporting a healthier lifestyle, while reducing congestion, air pollution and noise. The city plans to add 43km of bike lanes to the already existing 25km, in order to boost cycle use. The 65% of the bicycle network is planned to be upgraded by 2025. As Larnaca has only limited cycling infrastructure in place and a relatively low mode share, the intervention logic is first to begin to expand the existing network connecting the most used facilities citywide, which are currently not served by the existing routes. More links will be then added, and more routes developed, gradually interconnecting separate parts of the existing network. In order to contain capital expenditure, the construction of fully segregated bicycle lanes is recommended only where the nature and speed of vehicular traffic is not compatible with cycling safety requirements. Elsewhere, existing routes and local roads will be favored, following the implementation of traffic calming measures. Therefore, implementing a solution like the one in Barcelona is consistent with the actions planned for the coming years. Likewise, implementing soft mobility solutions contribute to another operational objective of the Larnaca SUMP regarding the availability of spaces capable of supporting active mobility, including the extension and state of repair of the various pedestrian and bicycle networks.
Greater Irbid Municipality (Jordan)
Pioneer city: Thessaloniki (Greece)
UTC partner: MedCities (Spain)
Located close to the Syrian and Palestinian borders, the Greater Irbid Municipality is a strategic transportation and business hub, in the region and at national scale, with 912.000 inhabitants (censed in 2017). The city faces very important challenges related to traffic congestion and is committed to promote sustainable mobility to increase the city's livability and fight climate change. The main objective for the Greater Irbid Municipality is to improve the environmental conditions and the use of low-carbon transport modes through the development and projection of alternative low-carbon mobility scenarios. The city wants to start by a pilot area, a road axis located in the city periphery, which concentrates most of the nearby traffic, but also a high socio-economic potential for the development of the whole area. A crucial aspect of the project will be the consultation and participation of local stakeholders, as well as finding better ways to measure the environmental impact of the different solutions to be discussed with and chosen by the local community of stakeholders. The Irbid Municipality has a strong interest to gain knowledge and know-how on the use of modelling and planning tools, and on the use of new technologies to facilitate the participation and consultation of the general public. Through bilateral meetings, exchange of information and data, and the organisation of a visiting study, the city will learn and get inspired from the pioneer experience of “Participatory planning to redesign a central axis in Thessaloniki" implemented by the Major Development Agency Thessaloniki S.A. (MDAT) and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Municipality of Larissa (Greece)
Pioneer city: Rimini and Misano-Adriatico (Italy)
UTC Partner: CODATU (France)
Larissa is the capital and largest city of the region of Thessaly in Greece (160.000 residents). The Municipality plans and organizes urban mobility in the city of Larissa in close cooperation with local stakeholders in accordance with the approved SUMP. Over the past years, the Municipality of Larissa has conducted urban mobility interventions. One of the future goals of the Municipality is to explore ways to monitor the effectiveness of the urban mobility solutions implemented. Through the mentoring process offered by the Urban Transports Community, the Municipality of Larissa wishes to learn how to employ big data to monitor the urban mobility solutions implemented and to evaluate them. Until now, the planification of mobility has been done without regular data collection but with punctual qualitative and quantitative studies. The intervention will consist of supporting the design of a “Big data and ICT strategy for smart mobility management”, relying on the exchange of experience with the Pioneer Cities of Rimini and Misano Adriatico. These cities have developed pilot actions to collect data and further analyse the impacts of traffic and tourism flows during two important events. In the end of the process, the Municipality of Larissa will have a clear understanding on which fields of mobility the big data could be applied, how they could be used to evaluate the existing mobility systems and how to extract the desired information. The adaptation report would be an Action Plan on the steps which would have to be taken to replicate the solution.
Municipality of Narni (Italy)
Pioneer city: Treviso (Italy) and Rethymno (Greece)
UTC partner: Area Science Park (Italy)
The ultimate goal of Narni municipality (a village of almost 19000 inhabitants in the centre of Italy) is to undertake various actions for the regeneration of the Testaccio hamlet, intervening both on the energy upgrade of buildings, on the redesign of common areas (green spaces), and on the improvement of connections with the city centre (distant 2.5 km away). Within the specific replication activity, the focus is on improving connections and mobility services for residents and tourists, such as enhancing parking areas -also equipped for campers- which act as intermodal areas where to park private vehicles and prefer other types of sustainable mobility modes (to be defined in detail within the mentoring program), mainly considering the possibility of creating a bike lane from the neighbourhood to the city centre, and encouraging the use and spread of electric shared vehicles. The strong point of this replication activity lies in the willingness of the Municipality of Narni to learn from the experience of the Municipality of Treviso regarding the setting of a participatory process directly involving the residents of the area and carefully taking in consideration the needs and proposals of users and direct beneficiaries. Nevertheless, Narni engages in making sustainable mobility interventions that respect the nature of the places, also to the benefit of the many tourists who come and visit the place especially for its landscape. For this reason, the possibility of integrating electric mobility solutions, relying on the expertise of the Municipality of Rethymno, seems to be one of the options most advocated by Narni that will be supported by the mentor in a process of evaluation and feasibility of the options taken into consideration.
Planifica engineers and architects agency and Castellon de la Plana Municipality (Spain)
Pioneer city: Koper (Croatia)
UTC partner: MedCities (Spain)
Castelló de la Plana is a 200.000 inhabitants city located at the centre of the Mediterranean coastline in Spain. Its citizens benefit from a diversified range of mobility alternatives, from public transport (buses and tram lines) to active modes and safe walking areas. The city’s SUMP sets up ambitious goals for the future city’s modal split favouring low carbon mobility modes that should expand in the coming years. The main objective for the city’s participation in the UTC Mentoring program is to improve the monitoring methodology currently used to quantify the number of vehicles, frequency and use of the different modes of transport. Improving the monitoring system by upgrading the data collection and seeking coherence throughout the different modes of transport is strategic in the achievement of the modal split target set out in the city’s SUMP. To date, the different modes of transportation are monitored separately and using very different methods, including automatic counters for private vehicles, household surveys to understand mobility behaviour patterns, or real-time monitoring of the number of public transport users per line. There is a public sharing bike system for which data about trips between each bike station is collected, while pedestrian traffic is counted manually. The city council will participate in the mentoring with the support of Planifica, a local cooperative of architects and engineers that accompanied the elaboration of the city’s Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan. Together they will seek inspiration from the pioneer experience of the New Traffic Information System of the Municipality of Koper, Slovenia, with a unique methodology to collect and visualise real-time data about different modes of transport.
Municipality of Pallini (Greece)
Pioneer city: Treviso (Italy)
UTC partner: CIVINET CY-EL (Greece)
The municipality Pallini was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 3 former municipalities: Anthoussa, Gerakas and Pallini. The municipality has an area of 29.430 km2 and a population of 54415 (2011 census). It belongs to the region of Attica and, in particular, to the Regional Unit of East Attica. The Municipality is responsible for planning and organizing urban mobility in its territory. Over the past decades, East Attica, and Pallini in particular, have been growing population-wise by attracting residents from central Athens. The operation of the Attiki Odos motorway and the opening of the new Athens International Airport in 2000 have also led to the settlement of new businesses in the wider area. Τhe Municipality of Pallini aspires to tackle mobility-related challenges through diverse actions. The initial steps to move towards a more sustainable future have been to identify the current conditions and to engage citizens in planning the future. Studies have been conducted to imprint the current situation regarding sidewalk, bike paths, pedestrian paths and parking management. According to the responses of the citizens, pedestrianisation of roads, development of new bike paths, and increase of green public spaces are some priority concerns of the local residents. In this respect the Municipality of Pallini aspires to learn from the holistic and integrated approach adopted by the Municipality of Treviso. Special focus will be given to the development of bike paths and their integration in the urban network.
Municipality of Sfax (Tunisia)
Pioneer city: Misano Adriatico
UTC partner: CODATU (France)
Sfax, a port city bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, is the economic centre of Tunisia and the second largest city in the country in terms of population (600 000 inhabitants in Greater Sfax). Sfax Municipality has developed in 2016 a SUMP / NAMA, the first of its kind in Tunisia. Soft mobility is a main axis of this SUMP and the Municipality is willing to implement its action plan, namely: establishing a cycling master plan; developing a pedestrian master plan; and creating a Sustainable Mobility Observatory. Indeed, Sfax suffers from the lack of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure adapted to users’ needs. Pedestrian pathways are almost non-existent in the city and the undersized sidewalks are often occupied by plants, street furniture or unlawful occupation (café and restaurants’ terraces, illegal parking practices, etc.). Hence, the city of Sfax wishes to promote non-motorized transport for its ecological and inclusive character. They have been working on cycling promotion since 2017 through city-to-city cooperation. The mentoring process offered by the Urban Transports Community will support Sfax to develop soft mobility, relying on the exchange of experience with the City of Misano Adriatico, which has developed and improved its network of cycle paths. After the completion of a State of the Art relating to soft mobility in Sfax, the main strategic axis for developing active modes in Sfax will be defined and a pilot cycle path will be identified and validated. Finally, a monitoring methodology based on a few indicators to assess the evolution of supply and demand for soft mobility in Sfax will make it possible to launch an observatory of active modes.
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