Identifying the most effective measures should be based on more than your own experience, desktop research and local exchange. It can be extremely valuable to learn from the experience of those who have already implemented measures which you are considering for your local context, and for most measures, you will likely find other places in your country and/or elsewhere in Europe which have experimented with them. This avoids “re-inventing the wheel” and making costly mistakes that others may already have learnt from.
- Learn from those who have already implemented measures that you are considering.
- Avoid starting from scratch. Use the experience available elsewhere.
- Provide convincing evidence and arguments for implementing a measure in your local context.
- Identify other places where a key measure you are interested in has already been implemented.
- Get in touch with the key actors who implemented the measure (either by phone or by arranging a site visit to see measures in action).
- Summarise the conclusions as input in the selection process.
Activities beyond essential requirements
- Look for good examples beyond your own country as well.
- Invite practitioners from other places to your city for advice.
- Bring your local decision makers to a site visit in a place where a measure has been successfully implemented.
Timing and coordination
- In parallel to > Activity 6.1 Identify the most effective measures
||Identified interesting places that have implemented a measure.
||Exchange with implementers established.
||Key results summarised.
For more information
On the European level, the two most encompassing resources for implementations of urban mobility measures (and packages of measures) in cities throughout Europe are the case study sections of Eltis (www.eltis.org), i.e. the European Commission’s urban mobility portal as well as its website of the CiViTAS Initiative for cleaner and better transport in cities (www.civitas.eu).
European NICHES project: Exchange on implementation of innovative transport concepts
The European NICHES+ Project (2008-2011) aimed at networking stakeholders that work on innovative urban transport and mobility solutions. In this context, it proved to be extremely valuable to arrange an exchange between practitioners interested in implementing a measure in their local context and others who had already implemented a similar concept elsewhere. An example is the exchange between the French Region Artois-Gohelle and the cities of Salzburg and Munich on accessibility measures. A French team visited both cities and learned about the extensive experiences of Salzburg on travel training and the Munich concept of Neighbourhood Accessibility Planning. Another example is the exchange between the French cities of Nantes and Lorient with Worcestershire, UK, on bus rapid transit systems. The French cities have successful systems running that helped Worcestershire to learn more about specific challenges that need to be addressed for local implementation.
For details see: www.niches-transport.org
European SUGAR Project - Sustainable Urban Goods Logistics Achieved by Local and Regional Policies
SUGAR focuses on addressing the problem of inefficient and ineffective management of urban freight distribution, a critical component of the overall urban transport system and a primary source of vehicle pollutant emissions.
To accomplish this goal, the project promotes the exchange, discussion and transfer of policy experience, knowledge and good practices through policy and planning levers in the field of urban freight management, between and among Good Practice and Transfer sites.
For details see: www.sugarlogistics.eu