QUEST project helps cities improve sustainable urban mobility policies & actions

By Maija Rusanen / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
From 2011-2013 the QUEST project developed a Quality Management Tool to help cities set up and further develop their sustainable mobility policies and actions. The tool has now been finalised and it is time to take a look at the results and the future of QUEST.
The QUEST tool has been designed to help small and medium-sized cities improve their mobility policies and actions through the assistance of an external expert - the QUEST Auditor. Over the course of the project the tool was tested and applied in 46 cities from 14 countries. The integration of an external expert (auditor) has proven key to success.

The results of the QUEST Action Plans for 46 cities, including proposals for both short- and long-term measures for sustainable transport, as well as for organisational improvements to strengthen the city’s capacity, are available on the QUEST website.

QUEST is suitable for any city, regardless of whether it has a well-developed mobility plan. The QUEST method can be used as a stepwise process leading to the creation of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan. QUEST guides cities to translate sustainable mobility policy into actual modal shift, and helps cities to judge which transport policies to prioritise and how to maximise the effective use of dedicated funding for these projects. This can be invaluable, especially at a time when funding and resources are limited.

To safeguard the use and quality of the methodology and ensure training, a QUEST Academy has been established. The overall goal of the Academy is to continue to train auditors throughout Europe, so that the method can be expanded to further countries. It also provides a platform for discussion and exchange of experiences between QUEST auditors and cities.

Currently, the methodology is available in 19 countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

If your city is interested to work with the QUEST-team, please contact us: info@quest-project.eu.

For more information, check the QUEST website.
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