On 19-20 November 2018, the workshop entitled “Building small-medium Local Authorities’ capacity to introduce Innovative Transport Schemes” took place in Birmingham, in the premises of the new SUITS partner ‘Transport for West Midlands’. The aim was to pilot one of the classroom courses that form an integral part of the SUITS Capacity Building program. The participants included staff members of the ‘transport innovation’ and ‘policy & strategy’ departments of the organization, as well as delegates from the ‘Technical University of Ilmenau’ (Germany), closely working with the city of Dachau, and ‘Smart Continent’ (Lithuania) collaborating with the city of Palanga. The workshop was delivered by ‘Lever Consulting’ (Greece), the partner responsible for preparing the SUITS Capacity Building Program, the ‘Business and Occupational Psychology’ section of the ‘Coventry University’ (UK) and ARCADIS (UK).Read more..
The aim of the Civitas SUITS project is to increase the capacity of small-to-medium sized cities to plan and implement sustainable mobility. Working with our project cites, we identified 15 challenges cities have to cope with in this process. We claim that increasing the cities capacity in planning and implementing sustainable mobility will be reached by supporting them in these 15 operational fields.
Please support us validating the challenges by participating the short online survey!
The SUITS Conference “Stimulating transport innovation through capacity building in small-medium local authorities” will take place on the 21st November 2018, from 09:00 to 17:30. at the Coventry Transport Museum, in Coventry, UK.
The world is changing and Local Authorities need to stay ahead of the curve – though, it is harder for small and medium-sized authorities to innovate than their larger counterparts. Current research has shown that capacity gaps in small-medium local authorities’ knowledge and work practices, which may have arisen due government and economic cutbacks, re-organisation, changing technology (e.g. opendata), new business entrants, shifts in mobility, changing expectations of citizens and new directives (e.g. in terms of financing and procurement), exist. Significantly, these gaps impact at individual, organisational and institutional levels, all of which need to be recognised in a far-reaching capacity building programme capable of making transport departments resilient and responsive to new challenges.Read more..
The SUITS 2nd e-Newsletter was released on July 2018. You can download the file here.
SUITS partners are conducting a study to understand challenges and opportunities brought by digitalisation, the Internet-of-Things, and big data and implications on data privacy and security. The aim is to help the public sector understand its cyber security and data protection needs, share experiences in outsourcing decisions and identify common problems, open questions and best practices.Read more..
SUITS Webinar on financing, procurement and business models for sustainable urban transport, on June 18, 2018 2:30 PM CEST
This webinar will discuss strategies to maximise the effectiveness and sustainability of urban transport measures through new funding models and opportunities for new business models. The webinar will also focus on different options to finance and procure transport measures (covering capital, revenue, and maintenance funding). The webinar is targeted at local authorities (mainly transport and mobility departments) and other stakeholders, whose work focuses to increase the investment efficiency of public and private funds and optimise opportunities to access regional development funds.Read more..
The SUITS 1nd e-Newsletter was released in March 2018. You can download the file here.
The European Commission announced this year’s finalists for the SUMP Award and for the European Mobility Week Awards.
Manchester (UK), Milan (Italy) and Turda (Romania) are the three nominees for the 6th Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning award.
Granada (Spain) Prague (Czech Republic) and Vienna (Austria) are the finalists for the European Mobility Week Award. Igoumenitsa (Greece), Lindau (Germany) and Tivat (Montenegro) have been nominated for the newly introduced award for the European Mobility Week for smaller cities.
The winners in all three categories will be announced at a ceremony in Brussels (Belgium) on 21 March 2018. Commissioner Violeta Bulc, responsible for Transport, and Daniel Calleja, Director-General for Environment, will present the awards to the winning towns and cities.
For more information see here
Identifying & developing the change vision for cities.
SUITS project has performed an analysis on identifying & developing the change vision for cities. This analysis is based on the “trust questionnaire” which was sent to all cities in the last couple of months/weeks (October-November 2017). The results demonstrate the key values, levels of trust and risk attitude, motivational climate for change and potential barriers of one particular city. These findings allow us to develop a change vision for your city regarding the development of a capacity building programme to enhance local authorities’ capacity into performing mobility projects. Please note, this report is only based on a very small number of questionnaires and thus, any results have to be taken carefully. Further answers of the cities’ departments/local authorities are needed to get stronger results (work in progress).
Social Impact Assessments (SIA) are key tools in ensuring that social, cultural and other issues are considered during the planning and implementation of transport measures.The SUITS team is investigating how SIAs are currently undertaken in sustainable transport projects, what factors they should include and how a SIA approach could be used to look at the impact of our project. The results will be used to formulate the key drivers/elements of social impact assessment for future transport innovations.
We would welcome transport stakeholders, Local Authorities, members of existing consortia and other interested parties to take part in this survey.
Let us know your views! Take the survey now!
Survey password: SUITSIA
Survey will be kept open until 4 March 2018
Extension of deadline: 21 March 2018
SUITS members took part on December 21st, 2017 in the conference “Sustainable Urban Mobility in the Functional Urban Area (FUA) of Alba Iulia Municipality (AIM)”.
Organised in Alba Iulia Municipality premises, the conference assembled in the same conference hall Romanian central and local governments, Public Transport Operators, energy efficiency agencies and others.Read more..
SUITS project has issued the 1st Policy Brief, debating on: “Sustainable Urban Mobility in Europe – from Planning to Implementation”.
Questions posed in order to answer “why?”; cities stipulate SUMPs but then struggle to implement ambitious walking, cycling and other sustainable measures. read more at SUITS_Policy Brief 1
The SUITS consortium had a three days project plenary meeting in Turin, Italy on 13-15 December 2017. During the first day, the Change Agents workshop was organised; where cities’ representatives exchanged mutual expectations, concerns, ideas and common collaborative tools. The City of Turin organised a study visit “e-bus”for consortium partners. On 14th December, a fine tuning of the project’s current work and planning for the next six months took place. The last day of the meeting two workshops were held, one technical related to project’s data management and for the SUITS training modules.
SUITS project participated in the CIVITAS Forum 2017 in Torres Vedras, Portugal, from 27th – 29th September. CIVITAS Forum 2017 attracted more than 400 participants with contributions to panels, workshops, world cafes and a vivid exchange of ideas for the roadmap to sustainable cities that flourish and prosper.Read more..
The SUITS consortium had a two days project meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece on 19-20 June 2017. During the second day, three workshops were organised. The first one focused on the exchange of ideas and experiences between the nine participating cities, the second one on the evaluation of the changes in organisational capacity within the participating cities and the third on technical issues regarding data collection.
SUITS participated in the 4th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, which took place on 29 – 30 March 2017, in Dubrovnik, Croatia. It was an excellent opportunity for SUITS to participate and communicate its aims to the CIVITAS community with more than 400 participants on the Conference and following discussions on the key issues of SUMP implementation in cities.
On month June, Eltis interviewed Prof. Andree Woodcock, the co-ordinator of the CIVITAS SUITS project.
SUITS aim is to substantially increase the capacity of small- and medium-sized local authorities to develop and implement transport strategies and systems, policies, technologies, practices, procedures, tools and measures that are sustainable, inclusive, integrated and accessible. These will recognise the end-to-end travel experiences of all users and freight.
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The SUITS project partners gathered in Berlin, Germany on 15-16 December 2016, participating in the 1st SUITS plenary meeting. All partners and city partners were present at the meeting, which was focused on calibrating the implementation of the SUITS project’ s ambitious objectives, for the six-months forthcoming period and fine-tunning partners’ contribution.
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