Joint SOLUTIONS and TIDE Workshop: Cutting-edge solutions for advanced cities
28 May 2015, Annual Summit of the International Transport Forum, Leipzig (Germany)

SOLUTIONS, together with the TIDE Project, co-hosted a workshop on "Cutting-edge Solutions for Advanced Cities" at the International Transport Forum Summit 2015, 27-29 May, Leipzig (Germany). Leading cities on innovative mobility were invited on stage to share their experiences and insights with an audience consisting of local and national government representatives, international organizations and urban mobility experts.

Alessandro Damiani, Head of Unit, Horizontal Aspects – Transport Directorate, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission, opened the workshop with a clear statement: “fast alone, further together”; outlining that the different dimensions of urban transport need to be addressed simultaneously, with integrated multiple solutions. Patrick Oliva, Vice-President of Michelin, listed a series of key elements to achieve this goal: new ways of doing business, different financial partnerships and innovative financial instruments.

Vienna-based transport planner Andrew Nash, GreenCityStreets, showed that planning efficient urban transport can also be done using well-designed games that can help identify good ideas, solve problems, educate players and motivate them to act in the real world. Gamification can support development of communities to improve participation in planning projects as well as provide a platform for the other web-based and real world participation, such as crowd sourced mapping and problem identification, GIS applications and more.

László Sándor Kerényi, Head of Transport Strategy, BKK Centre for Budapest Transport, and Ph Dr. Ricco Witter, TU Dresden, filled in participants on planning access for coach transport in European cities and changing mobility patterns in urban mobility respectively.

            

Rick Batelaan, City of Amsterdam, shared Amsterdam’s Fietsbook page, where cyclists can register their bicycles, upload a picture and get help to find their bicycles when they lose them (the City of Amsterdam collected 75000 discarded bicycles in 2014).

The City of Copenhagen shared its 4 C’s strategy; Companies, Citizens and Cities towards Cooperation. Region Hovedstaden Project Manager, Mette Hoé, outlined that technology is not smart unless it’s used to create human value. The main focus of the City of Copenhagen is to create an open collaborative city, as a place, where production, innovation and administration are based on open and cooperative organization forms.

Jonas Ericsson, representing the City of Stockholm, provided participants with all the details to achieve a Clean Vehicles city, as the city’s strategy is to achieve Clean Vehicles by 2030. He also shared some results of the Clean Fleets project, which assists public authorities and fleet operators with the implementation of the Clean Vehicles Directive and the procurement or leasing of clean and energy-efficient vehicles.

Austen Hunter, Head of Transport Operations of the City of Brighton and Hove, presented a new approach to tackling the major problem of disabled parking misuse in the city, by introducing a Community Resolution Order. Community Resolution Orders are more effective than Warning Notices because whilst no criminal record is created, a Police record is made which means that any repeat offence would result in an automatic prosecution. In addition, offenders walk away with a much deeper understanding of both the purpose of Blue Badges and the impact of misuse. The city has since received excellent press coverage and expect this to have had a significant indirect impact on reducing misuse.

The International Transport Forum host city, Leipzig, was represented by Kerstin Löbel, who presented Leipzig’s strategy for enhancing the use of public transport in the city. 142.2 million passengers used the public transport system in 2013; an increase of 3.1 million passengers on the year before. Passenger transportation figures in Leipzig exceed the national average. The City of Leipzig also has the second largest tram line in Germany and was awarded with the National German Prize for sustainability in the criteria quality of life and structure of the city in 2012.

A second Dutch city, the City of Rotterdam, shared their achievements in increasing air quality and health, economic growth and responsibility in public spaces. Arjan Oranje, Responsible for Charging Infrastructure, provided participants with encouraging facts; by 2014, 1000 charging stations had been installed in the city, all new parking garages were designed to be EV-Ready and 25 percent of the municipal vehicle fleet was electric or hybrid.

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