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Migration from rural to urban centres, changing lifestyles, and increasing motorisation rates are among the many factors that have contributed to congestion, pollution and noise, and to reduced efficiency of the transport systems in our cities. Over the last few years, scientists, transport operators, the industry and policy-makers have developed a wide range of innovative concepts to make urban transport more efficient, competitive and sustainable. Despite significant progress, a number of barriers have prevented the large scale implementation of these innovative concepts.
The mission of the project NICHES is to stimulate a wide debate on innovative urban transport and mobility between relevant stakeholders from different sectors and disciplines across Europe.
The high-level goal of the NICHES project was to support the development and adoption of innovative technology and policy-based urban transport concepts that would contribute to establishing sustainable urban transport systems. This in turn was expected to contribute significantly to a more efficient and competitive transport system, a healthier environment and improved quality of life in urban areas.
This high-level project goal was translated into five overall project objectives:
NICHES provided coordination for a wide range of innovative urban transport concepts through a combined programme of stakeholder involvement via targeted in-depth interviews, expert working groups (adopting a successful, previously adopted focus group approach), and validation and dissemination workshops, accompanied by desk research and good practice in the field of urban transport.
The NICHES work process was oriented at gradually broadening the impacts of relevant innovative urban transport concepts. It was structured in four steps, accompanied by four Working Group (WG) meetings, plus the parallel dissemination and exploitation of results. Each step involved the experts invited for the WG meetings, as well as the selected interview partners, participants from other ongoing R&D activities and the NICHES Advisory Committee. These four steps were:
The thematic areas of the four working groups defined by the consortium were:
This project facilitated the coordination of research activities of academic institutions, industry, mobility operators and transport authorities in the area of innovative urban transport concepts. It also helped to identify and disseminate excellent, transferable examples of innovative transport measures in the most crucial areas of urban transport.
The main achievements reached by the project are as follows.
1) Establish the State-of-the-Art
The main achievement was the development of the document 'State-of-the-Art in Developing Innovative Transport Concepts in Europe', which provides an overview of this topic, and defines, describes and analyses the 12 selected NICHES innovative concepts and examples of their successful implementation in cities across Europe. These innovative concepts, which the other steps focused on, are:
More specifically, the document included:
2) Assess success factors, barriers and transferability of innovative concepts
The main achievements were:
3) Integrate innovative concepts into coherent transport strategies
The main outcomes were
The guide represents a valid support for urban transport decision makers and practitioners to find innovations that could be applied in their cities, by providing a description of the combinations of NICHES concepts and measures to develop integrated urban transport strategies.
4) Research and policy recommendations
The main achievements are the following.
Different urban transport experts during the NICHES working group meetings have elaborated the following policy recommendations addressed to EU policy makers.
NICHES_Final Publishable Report.pdf (1110 Kb)
NICHES_D1.3.pdf (1505 Kb)
NICHES_D2.1.pdf (4839 Kb)
NICHES_D5.6a.pdf (614 Kb)
Final Activity Report (1110 Kb)
Research and Policy Recommendations (1345 Kb)
Mr Ivo Cré
POLIS - EUROPEAN CITIES AND REGIONS NETWORKING FOR INNOVATIVE TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS
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TRIP is funded by the European Commission's Directorate General for Mobility and Transport under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7).