SOLUTIONS e-learning course content

Building knowledge and developing new skills

The SOLUTIONS project held two programmes of e-learning courses in 2015 for professionals working in the field of urban mobility.

The free online courses, held over two periods – spring and autumn – in 2015, were organised for those interested in bringing innovative transport solutions to their town, city or region, and who wished to expand their knowledge and share their experiences with participants from around the world.

Each course, for which no detailed existing knowledge was required, was designed to include tailored tasks and interactions with experts and other participants.The courses and the discussion forum were in English.

For more about who took part, click here.

What was covered?

The six course topics covered each of the SOLUTIONS Thematic Clusters. Each course was moderated by the respective cluster leader, a global expert in their field.

Sustainable public transport

Course leader: EMBARQ

Cycling infrastructure

Course leader: FEHRL

City logistics

Course leader: IFSTTAR

This course focused on various approaches for improving and extending sustainable public transport in cities. It introduced methods for identifying a city’s long-term public transport needs and developing feasible measures to meet these needs.

While many different measure options are possible for improving the sustainability of public transport systems throughout the world, this course explored two of them: bus rapid transit (BRT) and clean vehicles. Corresponding technology, cost-efficiency issues and relevant examples were also discussed.

Many cities around the world are not designed for safe, convenient cycling. This is often due to the prioritisation of motorised traffic over the past decades of rapid development and urbanisation.

This course offered an overview of measures for adapting streets and other infrastructure to support cycling as an attractive, convenient way to travel in the city. To invest in cycling infrastructure, many aspects have to take into account the cyclist, e.g. safety, accessibility, attractiveness, comfort, integration with other modes, space, and location of convenient routes. These aspects and more were examined.

The way that goods are transported within a city and delivered to their final destination has a direct impact on traffic congestion, pollution and noise. This course presented solutions to these main challenges for city logistics, with further considerations for labour, safety issues and enhancing the quality of urban transport services for clients and the economy.

The focus was on improving the overall efficiency of goods deliveries in cities. The solutions proposed here have been described in a SOLUTIONS training kit, Cluster 3: City logistics available in the SOLUTIONS Resources section.

Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans

Course leader: Rupprecht Consult

Network and mobility management

Course leader: AustriaTech

Clean vehicles

Course leader: Wuppertal Institut

Urban mobility planning is a challenging and complex task. Planners must manage many - often conflicting - demands and requirements locally and beyond. The concept of sustainable urban mobility planning goes beyond traditional transport planning, emphasising the involvement of citizens and stakeholders, policy coordination between sectors and authority levels, and between neighbouring authorities.

The course offered an overview of SUMPs; described their  ever-growing global importance; identified the challenges of integrating individual innovative mobility measures into the larger context of a SUMP; and offered suggestions to overcome those challenges.

The integration of all transport modes – public transport, cycling, walking, as well as bike- and car-sharing schemes – is the basis for effective network and mobility management in cities. While many measures can be implemented (e.g. developing multimodal hubs, providing wayfinding information along the network) this course examined how cities can facilitate the development of online multimodal journey-planning (e.g. on a website and/or a mobile app) and examples of what has already been achieved in Europe and around the world.

Best practice cases provided here gave an impression of the state-of-the-art, examining the common barriers that currently prevent the full integration of all modes and across all borders.

Many cities strive for a cleaner vehicle fleet, whether the aim is to improve the municipal fleet (including public transport vehicles) or to encourage residents to choose alternatively fuelled or electric vehicles over conventionally fuelled vehicles. Electric vehicles (EVs) are one of the favourite options, as they produce zero emissions within the city at the point of use.

This e-learning course provided an introduction to EVs as well as other clean-vehicle types, and issued guidance on how to increase the use of EVs in urban environments. Options on fostering EV deployment and examples from cities around the world were also discussed .