The rapid emergence of new business models, new technologies, and disruptive innovations in urban mobility represents a considerable challenge for policy-making. Previously tested policy responses are not adequate to address to the transition which is now underway, or to address current societal challenges, issues related to citizens’ everyday lives, and the requirements of businesses.
It is in this complex scenario that the SPROUT project (Sustainable Policy RespOnse to Urban Mobility Transition) comes into action. The main objective of the project is to put cities at the heart of the urban mobility transition. By building on the solutions to urban mobility challenges - related to both passenger transport and urban freight logistics - the work of SPROUT will be focused on producing new and practice-based knowledge and tools. Such knowledge and tools will contribute to an evidence-based and innovative policy response to disruptive innovations in mobility.
SPROUT builds on results from six pilot cities: Valencia, Padua, Kalisz, Budapest, Tel Aviv, Ningbo. In order to ensure a wide applicability of this city-led policy response, the project will engage with nine validation cities and regions (Hertogenbosch, Ioannina, Gothenburg, Arad, Mechelen, Ile-de-France, West Midlands, Almada and Minneapolis), which will contribute to the revision and testing of the solutions developed in pilot cities. In addition, the SPROUT Open Innovation Community on Urban Mobility Policy was created as an exchange platform, where a diverse range of mobility organisations and cities will be engaged in discussion and debate, thus enabling further validation of the conclusions and the lessons learned throughout the project.
SPROUT commenced in September 2019 and culminates in August 2022.