Thematic clusters

Cluster 1: Public transport

In the face of urban traffic congestion, traffic pollution, carbon emissions and high energy consumption, more and more cities turn to public transport. Under the condition of limited urban space and increasing urban population in cities in emerging countries, optimisation of public transport becomes important. SOLUTIONS will focus on tested public transport solutions related to Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Asia and Latin America, trolley buses in Europe, Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) in Singapore and public transport operations. More background information and specific solutions

Knowledge Sharing Kit Cluster 1

Training Kit Cluster 1

Related projects: EBSF, NICHES, TIDE


Cluster 2: Transport infrastructures

SOLUTIONS will focus on infrastructure for public transport (tramways, bus lanes, passenger waiting and boarding areas), infrastructure for soft modes (e.g. cycle routes, pedestrian facilities) and infrastructure for urban freight systems. Quality passenger transport is highly dependent on improved infrastructure whilst continued efficient operations are reliant on adequate and timely maintenance. This element will also include better sharing of road-space between guided vehicles (e.g. trams and guided buses) and bus lanes as well as separate dedicated public transport routes. With respect to walking and cycling, easy substitutes for trips of less than 5 kilometers, improvements in infrastructure quality and safety, design of cycle ways and pavements, parking spaces for bicycles, and more will be addressed. Freight transport infrastructure issues to be considered will include loading areas, appropriate access control including signage as well as other measures to improve productivity with reduced disruption.  More background information and specific solutions.

Knowledge Sharing Kit Cluster 2

Training Kit Cluster 2

Related projects: SIMBA, SIMBA II


Cluster 3: City logistics

The main point to address in ‘city logistics’ is how to respond to freight requirements while decreasing  environmental and social impacts. The ultimate goal being to decrease the flows of commercial road vehicles without increasing other flows like consumer car flows, to decrease commercial vehicles’ emissions and to prevent traffic congestion caused by vans and lorries double-parking during delivery. SOLUTIONS will look at policy options for public authorities to achieve these goals, including regulations (traffic restriction, low emissions zones), transport pricing and taxes, transport planning and the development of infrastructure dedicated to urban freight (lorry lanes, delivery and loading spaces, urban consolidation centres). Public authorities and private operators, both of whom have an interest in improving their vehicle fuel efficiency, consolidating of urban freight, and improving the efficiency of deliveries, have to work together to define the best urban freight schemes. More background information and specific solutions.

Knowledge Sharing Kit Cluster 3

Training Kit Cluster 3

Related projects: BESTUFS, SUGAR, TURBLOG


Cluster 4: Integrated planning / Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans

Sustainable urban mobility planning (SUMP) aims to support local authorities to plan and manage urban mobility more efficiently and fairly. With a focus on people, accessibility for all sectors of society and quality of life, this new planning paradigm is interdisciplinary and looks beyond geographical and institutional boundaries. This can be achieved by considering the local circumstances and needs and involving a wide range of stakeholders  and the engagement of citizens in the decision making and planning process. In SOLUTIONS, leading cities will transfer their knowledge and experiences to take-up cities world-wide. For example, SOLUTIONS partner EMBARQ has already started to ‘tropicalize’ the EU guidelines for the Brazilian context, where sustainable urban mobility planning has become mandatory for cities. SOLUTIONS will provide take-up cities with practical experiences, training activities, study tours and practical exchange. The aim is to enable cities to start and implement SUMPs according to their local circumstances and to assist cities to make their cities economically robust, improve their environmental conditions and the make the city a liveable place for all citizens. More background information and specific solutions.

Knowledge Sharing Kit  Cluster 4

Training Kit Cluster 4

Related projects: Eltis, TIDE


Cluster 5: Network and Mobility management

When addressing network and mobility management, SOLUTIONS will tackle various intelligent transport systems (ITS) technologies and communication technologies applied to transport. This include cooperative systems, transport and traffic management, congestion management, tolling and charging, public transport information systems and other public and individual user technologies. The goal of all these applications being to ensure seamless connectivity, flexible travel, lower environmental impact and support of multimodal mobility patterns and lifestyles. The measures and solutions examined will be those that make the best use of the available resources and help plan and implement additions to the infrastructure network with a focus on the current and future mobility needs. It is important to ensure that mobility is not restricted but rather carried out in an intelligent manner while considering all advantages and disadvantages of different modes and how they can contribute to a sustainable mobility network. More background information and specific solutions.

Knowledge Sharing Kit Cluster 5

Training Kit Cluster 5


Cluster 6: Clean vehicles

SOLUTIONS will look at clean vehicles to consider readily available fuels, technologies, and energy-efficient options that offer substantial greenhouse gas emission reductions potential. The suitability of different option of clean vehicle technology depends not only on the local circumstances, but also on the national framework. The measures and solutions selected will cover a spectrum of technology options and vehicle categories to offer clean vehicle solutions to the variety of cities in the different regions. Important considerations will be the prerequisites for the application of different technologies and fuels, their feasibility in the local framework and the side effects that might be associated with their application.  By building on experiences gained by other cities as fostered in the SOLUTIONS project, municipalities can reduce the risk of implementating clean vehicle technology, by determining potential investment costs and possible side effects. With regards to CO2 emitted by energy consumption, SOLUTIONS will take into account the full life cycle and Well-to-Wheel phase to ensure sustainability of the solutions suggested. More background information and specific solutions.

Knowledge Sharing Kit Cluster 6

Training Kit Cluster 6

Related projects: NICHES/NICHES+, TIDE, European Green Cars Initiative