Aachen, Germany: Monitoring implementation through regular status meetings
In the City of Aachen, different stakeholders meet quarterly as part of an ongoing monitoring process on the status of the implementation of measures in the field of environmentally-friendly mobility.
Against the backdrop of the commencement of a clean air plan with 29 mobility-related measures at the beginning of 2009, a working group consisting of the city’s transport and environment departments, the chamber of industry and commerce, the local public transport operator (ASEAG) and the regional transport association (AVV) was set up to monitor the implementation of the measures at quarterly meetings, during which the status of each measure is discussed and, in cases where the target achievement is in doubt, contingency activities are set up. Apart from a system of continual reporting on implementation of the measures, the establishment of regular status meetings is a soft approach for low-cost and efficient monitoring during the implementation phase.
Source: Rupprecht Consult based on input from the City of Aachen
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain: Checking progress towards achieving objectives
The “Plan de Movilidad Sostenible y Espacio Público” (“Sustainable Mobility and Public Spaces Plan”) of the City of Vitoria-Gasteiz is one of the strategic projects which reflects the actions that must be taken in order to reach the city vision described in the Master Plan of Vitoria-Gasteiz 2015. It must accept the social responsibility for introducing and executing policies that contribute to a sustainable future with special emphasis on the battle against climate change and the need to promote social cohesion and of the creation of a compact city.
In order to check the progress towards achieving the objectives, a survey on the city’s urban mobility was carried out in 2011. This survey contributed to an understanding of the changes in the city since the introduction of the plan and to determining to what degree the mobility habits of the citizens have already changed. The survey consisted of two parts: in the first part, 4,000 telephone interviews were carried out to evaluate the Sustainable Mobility Plan. The second part of the survey focused on the aspect of mobility in relation to economic functionality (how do we get to work, etc.) and was carried out through direct interviews with 300 companies and 2,700 employees.
A survey performed in 2006 served as a reference point to compare how mobility has changed since the beginning of the Sustainable Mobility Plan. The data indicated that in the period between 2006 and 2011, the number of public transport users increased by 80%.
Sources: Kerstin Burckhart, IET Barcelona; Environmental Studies Centre, Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council www.vitoria-gasteiz.org/movilidad