A new web-based tool has become available to help city authorities plan sustainable transport policy measures.
The tool is the result of the European Urban Transport Roadmaps study, supported by European Commission. The tool provides cities with the ability to identify and explore different transport policies and measures to address key challenges related to their transport systems.
The tool provides information on the impacts of these measures on the environment, safety, mobility, the economy and the city’s transport system. It can also be used to quickly explore the impacts and cost effectiveness of combinations of different policy scenarios between now and 2030. In this way, it can help city authorities develop roadmaps towards more sustainable urban transport systems for their city.
A key benefit of the tool is that users do not need any prior experience in transport modelling. The tool is user-friendly, and has a simple and intuitive graphical user interface. Authorities that lack sufficient data on the characteristics of their city can select from a pre-defined set of representative city types for analysis. Where appropriate data on city parameters are available, authorities can use these to reflect local conditions more accurately. Rather than requiring users to create policy measures from scratch, the tool includes a pre-defined set of policy measures that they can work with. Alternatively, default data for the policy options can be customised to refine the policy measure.
The policy support tool may be particularly useful for the large number of small and medium sized cities in Europe which may not have the resources for major policy assessment and modelling work. The Urban Transport Roadmaps tool is freely available for all cities to use to support the development of their urban transport roadmaps. Quick start guides and training webinars are available in five EU languages.
The tool can be accessed from the project website.