Two CASCADE study visits took place over September and October 2013 focusing on sustainable transport in cities
Two study visits on sustainable urban mobility were organised under our CASCADE project on local energy leadership over September and October 2013.
The visits took place in Warsaw and Terrassa and details of each can be found below. Find out more by visiting www.cascadecities.eu.
Warsaw welcomed delegates from Bratislava, Stockholm, Sunderland and Tirana for a study visit on 19-20 September 2013. Warsaw presented its sustainable transport strategy for 2015 and beyond, as well as its work on electromobility. The city showcased its 'E-mobil cluster', which promotes research and development on alternative fuels and vehicles, for example CNG (compressed natural gas) and biofuels. Following presentations on alternative fuel use in Warsaw and the cluster's activities, the participants travelled by electric bus to the PIMOT institute. This automative industry institute is part of the E-mobil cluster. Visitors had the chance to see the biofuels lab and to test drive electric vehicles built at the institute.
The second day of the visit focused on electric buses and included presentations from partners in the E-mobil cluster. These were followed up by a short workshop where delegates presented their impressions and gave recommendations to the host city.
On 17-18 October, experts and politicians from Burgas, Tartu and Sunderland visited Terrassa. The city is taking steps to become more sustainable by making continual improvements to its transport infrastructure and changing the mobility behaviour of its citizens. Over the past few years, the municipality has pedestrianised a large part of its historical centre and has completely restricted private car use on one of its main and most congested roads. The city has created new bus lanes to make public transport run faster, has significantly improved its cycling infrastructure and has introduced cycling courses for schoolchildren.
Visting experts had the opportunity to visit these projects and learn more about the successes and challenges met during their implementation. They also learnt about the city's Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) which is currently under review, and how the city plans to further promote sustainable transport and improve intermodality in the future, for example by extending bus lanes and using intelligent transport systems. The city also explained how it engages local stakeholders in transport planning through its local mobility forum. It also has plans to involve older people and children.
The visiting cities also had the chance to present their own work on sustainable mobility, including Burgas' integrated transport for locals and tourists; Tartu's transport development plan aiming to reduce the carbon footprint of its public transport fleet; and Sunderland's challenges in creating a more effective framework to cooperate with local bus service providers.