FIM participates in ‘’Get Going! Tackling congestion in Europe and beyond’’
On the 22nd May, FIM participated in CREATE final conference - 'Get going! Tackling congestion in Europe and beyond'. CREATE is an EU Horizon 2020 and CIVITAS project, that aims to reduce road congestion in cities by encouraging switch to sustainable modes of transport and thus to improve liveability of cities.
The conference shared the results generated from the project by over 80 participants from Europe and beyond in the course of 36 months. The project has provided analysis of the congestion trends and governance solutions in 10 partner cities. In the course of two days (22 and 23 May), participants have dived into policy findings and political realities, together with presentations on research and technical findings.
The conference commenced with project summary and key conclusions for cities provided by the project coordinator Prof. Peter Jones (UCL) who summarised that CREATE provided new insights into changing patterns of car use, measuring congestion and improving developing business models. Prof. Jones also listed some of the factors that will allow for less-car dependent future and described the picture of the future city under the model of a the ‘’Integrated City’’ which will be taking advantage of big data and smart city concepts.
Following, Dr Tom Cohen’s (UCL) provided his perspective on the uncertainties that cities are and will continue facing due to future developments. Piotr Rapacz, from European Commission's DG MOVE, then looked at future urban mobility challenges by focusing on how Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) can help solve them.
The conference continued with slot on recommendations to policy makers on how to tackle congestion and enhance citizens ‘liveability. Paul Curtis (Vectos) listed 13 policy recommendations to help cities successfully reduce road congestion and achieve more sustainable mobility. Among the suggestions were: establishing a long term vision combined with a short-term action plans, acting boldly by experimenting with unpopular policies, building policy on strong evidence basis and fostering multi-level and cross-sectoral governance.
Lucia Cristea (European Integrated Projects) assessed that cities need above all to continuously exchange knowledge with other cities, to know how to prioritise the implementation of their local projects and to engage with the local stakeholders. To illustrate how in practice such recommendations could be implemented, representative of the City of Adana presented the awareness campaign to promote public transport done in the city.
The concluding political roundtable gathered EU and local policy makers’ perspectives by gathering the visions of MEP Michael Cramer and representatives of the cities of Bucharest, Adana, Skopje and London.
The first day of the conference concluded with a cocktail reception at the European Parliament, hosted by MEP Jakop Dalunde. At the reception, Prof. Jones, together with Secretary General of EUROCITIES, and a high-level representative from the City of Berlin outlined future mobility challenges for cities and the important role of local governments in improving citizens’ liveability by linking them to the key strategies and proposals included in European Commission’s Mobility Packages.
All presentations for the event can be found at the following link.
All results from the CREATE project will be published here.