Article of the UIA Knowledge base Edit 06 March 2020 by UIA Secretariat

Innovation for Urban Mobility – the way forward

Innovation for Urban Mobility – the way forward
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In this article, we keep you updated about the latest events and findings on UIA cities reflection and experience on innovation and mobility.

Join us on 1 December to talk about the final report @POLIS event or to talk about behavior change for sustainable mobility with Interreg Europe!

The UIA Urban Mobility journey began last February together with UIA mobility cities Albertslund, Lahti, Ghent, Toulouse, Szeged, exploring the innovation concept applied to urban mobility challenges; and seeking to understand whether the sole deployment of unprecedented technological advances will be able to address mobility issues related to the increasing urbanization and urban resilience challenges. Therefore, the activity includes 3 workshops in which UIA projects look into how and what kind of innovation is necessary today for achieving a smarter, greener and more integrated urban transport of people and goods.

Building on cities experience, we identified and highlighted 3 main cross-cutting themes of urban mobility innovation:

  • Data and digitalization
  • Behavioral change
  • Collaboration between public and private actors

We intend to answer the persistent questions of today on whether the sole deployment of unprecedented technological advances is able to address issues and challenges concentrated in cities due to the increasing urbanization.

Do policy and decision makers, and urban practitioners on need to rethink on how they perceive and conceptualize innovation for urban mobility? Should this be re-framed, yet out of the box this time? 

UIA and its cities seek to answer how and what kind of innovation is necessary today for achieving a smarter, greener and more integrated urban transport of people and goods. It aims to do so by bringing in the forefront five projects currently funded by the initiative, in an effort to shed light into how innovation on differing levels and sectors can cope with addressing trending mobility challenges. 

In April 2020, we dove into the issue of data as the next fuel; from ownership to accessibility and from management to utilization. Along these lines, we studied upcoming associated legal and social concerns. You can already rea

Read the first article on data aspects in urban mobility

UIA cities met for the second time in July to discuss about Collaboration & Governance challenges. You can get an overview of the first results and findings of this workshop in the article summarizing contents of the final report, jointly written by UIA expert Vanessa Holve ; Iraklis Stamos, officer at the UIA Secretariat and the above-mentioned cities, currently experimenting innovative urban mobility solutions.

Read the article "Collaboration is key: towards innovative urban mobility strategies"

The last workshop focused on behavioral change and how to ensure the modal shift towards sustainable transport means. First findings will be presented during a joint web conference on 1 December (4-6 pm) bringing together Interreg Europe and UIA projects experiences (CitiCap project in Lahti, TMaaS in Ghent) to share knowledge and demonstrate successful case studies for behaviour change in mobility.

Join the event here!

As the activity is now reaching its end, we will present its results at the Polis Annual Conference (1 December).

The final report will be published in the upcoming weeks!

Stay tuned!

If you have any questions, you can contact:
Iraklis Stamos, i.stamos@uia-initiative.eu ;

Ophélie tainguy, o.tainguy@uia-initiative.eu ; 
Amélie Cousin, a.cousin@uia-initiative.eu.

And explore the UIA knowledge Lab and the Urban Mobility page to find out more about the topic and UIA projects.

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