ELABORATOR: The European Living Lab on designing sustainable urban mobility towards climate neutral cities

How do we design sustainable urban mobility that is inclusive, safe and affordable as we move towards the realisation of European climate neutral cities? Do we all move in the same way and with the same means of transport? What are people’s needs and how can these be reconciled with green policies to reduce urban pollutants?

By setting new horizons for the way we move in cities, the new European Elaborator project puts the (re)design of urban mobility at the heart of urban planning. People’s mobility is different. Factors such as people’s daily needs, their gender, their economic status, their citizenship, the tasks or care work they do in public spaces, their age and their health status all influence their daily movements.

Effective mobility planning in the city means that it serves the needs and desires of all its residents and visitors in a comprehensive way.

The interventions will be demonstrated in 6 Lighthouse and 6 Follower cities across Europe with three principal aims:

  1. i) to collect, assess and analyse user needs and requirements towards a safe and inclusive mobility and climate-neutral cities,
  2. ii) to collect and share rich information sets made of real data, traces from dedicated toolkits, users’ and stakeholders’ opinions among the cities, so as to increase the take up of the innovations via a twinning approach, and

iii) to generate detailed guidelines, policies, future roadmap and built capacity for service providers, planning authorities and urban designers for the optimum integration of such inclusive and safe mobility interventions into Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).

The Lighthouse cities are: Milan (Italy), Copenhagen (Denmark), Helsinki (Finland), Issy-les-Moulineaux (France), Zaragoza (Spain), and Trikala (Greece).

The Follower cities are Lund (Sweden), Liberec (Czech Republic), Velejne (Slovenia), Ioannina (Greece), Split (Croatia), and Krusevac (Serbia).

URBANA is responsible for the creation of an inclusion plan, which is to serve as a reference for the design and implementation of interventions in all the cities (Lighthouses and Followers) participating in the ELABORATOR. The aim is to inform, educate and raise awareness of all stakeholders in relation to gender and social aspects affecting the everyday/everynight mobility of women and other vulnerable social groups. At the same time, we will support at a local level the design and implementation of interventions in the Greek cities of the project (Trikala, Ioannina) through the co-creation of participatory activities and pilot applications.

In the current period, during the research process for writing the Inclusion Plan, we are conducting workshops with the participating cities in cooperation with Linköping University (Sweden). These workshops are designed to inform and raise awareness about the gender perspective in people’s everyday mobility in the cities. In this way, we support the participating cities in designing new, more inclusive, safer, more affordable and more sustainable mobility systems that can meet the needs of different social groups.

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European project – Horizon 2022

Period: June 2023 – December 2026

In collaboration with: Institute of Communication and Computer Systems – ICCS (Greece) (Leader), Polis (Belgium), Evropski Institut Za Ocenjevanje cest – Eurorap (Slovenia), Multicriteri-Mcrit Aie (Spain), Institut d’ Arquitectura Avancada de Catalunya (Spain), Comune di Milano (Italy), Stefano Boeri Architetti SRL (Italy), Things SRL (Italy), Agenzia Mobilita Ambiente e Territorio SRL (Italy), Kobenhavns Kommune (Denmark), Københavns Universitet (Denmark), Analyse & Tal FMBA (Denmark), Forum Virium Helsinki OY (Finland), Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT OY (Finland), Societe d’ Economie Mixte Issy – Media (Sem Issy Media) (France), Colas (France), IFP Energies nouvelles (France), Urban Radar (France), Ayuntamiento De Zaragoza (Spain), Foundation Circe Centro de Investigacion de Recursos y Consumos Energeticos (Spain), Joc Rental Sociedad Limitada (Spain), Anaptyxiaki Etaireia Dimou Trikaion Anaptyxiaki Anonymi Etaireia OTA (Greece), Lunds Kommun (Sweden), Linkopings Universitet (Sweden), Sensitive AB (Sweden), Statutarni Mesto Liberec (Czechia), Ceske Vysoke Useni Technicke V Praze (Czechia), Mestna Občina Velenje (Slovenia), AV Living Lab, Inonativne Tehnologije DOO (Slovenia), Internet Institute, Communication Solutions and Consulting LTD (Slovenia), Grad Split (Croatia), Sveuciliste U Zagrebu Fakultet Prometnih Znanosti (Croatia), Grad Krusevak (Serbia), Municipality of Ioannina (Greece), Platomo GMBH (Germany), International Road Assesment Programme (United Kingdom) and University of Bristol (United Kingdom).

The project is a Horizon Europe research and innovation funding program by the EU, under the Call: HORIZON-MISS-2022-CIT-01 (Research and Innovation actions for support the implementation of the Climate Mission) neutral and Smart Cities.