Webinar #7: Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning approaches in Mediterranean cities

During this webinar, that took place on November 18th, 2020 in the framework of the Urban Transports Community Webinar Series, pioneer cities presented their experiences and lessons learnt in relation to sustainable urban mobility planning approaches in Mediterranean cities.

The session dedicated to innovations in terms of urban mobility planning with a particular focus on the integrated planning approach was introduced by Antoine Clemot, Project officer at CODATU. His presentation is available here.

Thibaut Descroux, Project Manager in urban planning and mobility in Lyon City Planning Agency, delivered the thematic keynote speech by presenting innovative approaches to urban mobility planning in Europe and the Med Area. He shared the different aspects of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP), taking as an example the one in Lyon. As he highlighted, "a SUMP is both a technical and a political project: it is a partnership work approach, a tool to build and share global and strategic mobility orientations, to involve several stakeholders, to coordinate urban and mobility planning and to help stakeholders planning at different scales". Through the concept of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, he explained the articulation of urban planning and transport planning in Mediterranean cities and the interdependence between the two scales of planning approach. He insisted on the holistic approach needed to raise the needs and interests of people living in an urban area. His presentation is available here.

Pioneer cities then shared their experiences in relation to sustainable urban Mobility planning approaches in Mediterranean cities such as Treviso, Thessaloniki and Athens.

Francesca Liguori, from the ARPA Veneto - Regional Agency for Environment Protection in Veneto first presented the Treviso suburb requalification, that was made possible thanks to the REMEDIO project. She guided us through the horizontal condominium process of the West Road in Treviso, Italy. It was first based on a governance pillar, a new participative governance model for roads of middle-sized Mediterranean cities, aiming at giving visibility, identity and voice to urban communities congested by traffic. It necessitated a lobbying activity and ideas' sharing with local business to efficiently and consistently improve the road. It was then complemented by a soft pillar with small scale investments as pilot measures fostering urban low carbon transport, in the case of Treviso, expanding the bike sharing system. She explained that the idea behind this horizontal condominium was to create a local human ecosystem of knowledge with a 4P effect: for the place, for the people through a participatory policy. Her presentation is available here.

Anastasia Poupkou, from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, then presented the redesign/upgrade of the eastern horizontal axis of Thessaloniki based on the principles of SUMP with a high-participatory approach. This approach based itself on open public discussions for the development of a vision for the axis, on participatory workshops with stakeholders of the city for the identification the redesign objectives, on an online public consultation to record the opinions of stakeholders, on workshops with relevant social actors of the city for the definition of the final proposal and on open air activities. An Integrated Modelling Tool (IMT) was also created during this process in the framework of the REMEDIO project to evaluate low carbon mobility actions to be implemented in such highly congested roads. She then shared some of the added values of this experience such as the establishment of a City Consortium for the next steps and implementation actions, the knowledge transfer at the local level through the ReMod Urban Axis methodology guide and the MoUs for further collaboration with involved relevant authorities and social actors. Her presentation is available here.

Panagiotis Papantoniou, from the National Technical University of Athens, then presented an example of mobility plan for a University Campus in Athens in the framework of the Camp-Sump project. He explained that a University Campus is similar to an urban model and could be used as a test area for mobility policies and tools, with a similar aim of improving mobility and accessibility and providing high-quality and sustainable mobility modes. Two action plans were created (one for university campuses inside urban areas and one for campuses outside urban areas) aimed at being the reference framework of a unique model and future tailored Sustainable University Mobility Plan (SUMP) adaptable to different MED University Campuses. A road map for decision makers, representing a model for the implementation of the action plan was also developed, describing steps and tools to ensure commitment for decision makers, consistency and viability. An ICT model was also created, the e-Core System, enabling data collection, planning, management and monitoring with the aim to satisfy the needs and purposes of sustainable mobility at Universities. His presentation is available here.