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Call for cities from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America for take-up of sustainable urban mobility solutions

16 February 2017

The SOLUTIONS network and the UEMI are looking for take-up cities to work together on the implementation of sustainable urban mobility measures. This is part of a new partnership with the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC) and the European Green Vehicles Initiative (EGVI) as part of the EU-funded project FUTURE-RADAR.

As part of an effort to deliver on the New Urban Agenda the team invites cities to help assessing the opportunities for sustainable mobility concepts in their wider context of sustainable urban development. The mission of the SOLUTIONS and UEMI partnerships is to support the take-up of sustainable urban mobility solutions in cities across the world and foster the integration of urban electric mobility solutions into sustainable transport strategies.

A global effort

A wide range of cities will be involved throughout the different project phases. The focus will predominantly be on ‘second-tier’ cities, rather than mega-cities. The regions targeted represent different levels of maturity in terms of experience with sustainable urban mobility related actions. This will be addressed by adopting different approaches for these regions. Cities, as well as local and national officials can now apply to become involved for one of the following categories:

Leading cities:

Leading cities are willing to share their expertise in the development and implementation of sustainable urban mobility solutions. They will also benefit from the mutual learning process and the knowledge sharing with other cities in the world within the context of SOLUTIONS and the UEMI. Leading cities will:

  • provide input on successful innovative and transferable urban transport solutions they have implemented;
  • share their expertise with take-up and training cities through knowledge-sharing events and input for feasibility studies.

Take-up cities:

These cities should show a real sense of commitment to assess opportunities for the transfer of innovative solutions to their context. Together with these cities, the team will:

  • explore options for the uptake of innovative sustainable urban mobility solutions;
  • support implementation processes that have already started in the take-up cities;
  • initiate the development of complementary measures.

The feasibility studies at city level will:

  • develop packages of solutions building on existing, planned and potentially additional measures;
  • test the economic viability and public acceptability of measures, assess costs and economic, social and environmental benefits;
  • consider institutional and governance issues along with factors of success and barriers that may accelerate, delay or inhibit uptake, and thus, influence public acceptability of proposed solutions.

The cities to be selected for this phase in the project will be second-tier cities to ensure a high level of transferability to the large number of similar cities as opposed to the few first-tier or megacities in the world. These four feasibility studies will serve as showcases for the deployment and uptake of innovative sustainable mobility solutions.

Training participants:

Interested local & national officials, as well as practitioners and experts will be able to participate in several knowledge-sharing and capacity-building workshops, webinars and e-learning courses focusing on successful examples of innovative sustainable mobility solutions.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants can be any public authority with a competence in local transport (regions, public transport authorities or public agencies), they can be supported by local NGOs and knowledge partners to implement the program. Candidates have to duly complete the application forms (www.uemi.net) to apply either as leading city, take-up city or training participant.

For cities the application form is only valid when accompanied by a letter of support signed by a local political representative (secretariat@uemi.net).

Submission:

The application form for leading cities, take-up cities and training participants is available here: http://www.uemi.net/call-for-change-maker.html

  • Send your completed application form by 30 April 2017 to the UEMI Secretariat.
  • All applicants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt and will be informed about the outcomes of the selection.
  • All city activities within the context of the initiative will take place between June 2017 and May 2020.