Successful transfers

The Netherlands -> Belgium

Topic: Mobility Budget

In the Netherlands, more and more companies are convinced by the benefits of a mobility budget. That is why the Flanders region in Belgium was eager to learn about the Dutch approach.  A transfer session between EPOMM’s Belgian NFP (BEPOMM), the Dutch company Capgemini and a smart travel expert from the Dutch Touring Club ANWB helped to exchange practical knowledge and contributed to solve the last barriers that appeared in the Flemish government  trial project called “Mobility Budget Works”.  The project ran in cooperation with Mobiel 21 – the NFP of BEPOMM. In the five participating companies a selected group of employees received a mobility budget during several months.

Due to the very promising results, the Flemish Minister of Mobility and Public Works saw a lot of potentials in the concept. Among the 55 participating employees, the share of car travel dropped from 80 to 50 percent, bicycle ridership went up from 10 to 22 percent, and train use tripled from 8 to 24 percent. Also, the number of multimodal trips doubled. Moreover, attitudes towards sustainable modes improved and the participants started making their travel choices more consciously, both in and beyond the work context. After the trial period, 60 percent continued to some extent, to use alternatives to the car.

Even though the fiscal context in Belgium allows working with a mobility budget, the project did recommend legal and fiscal changes to simplify its implementation. A good mobility budget management tool was found to be essential for the companies.

A report of the trial project is available in Dutch from www.mobimix.be/thema/mobiliteitsbudget.


Slovenia -> Lithuania & Slovenia -> Romania

Topic: Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans

With the recent development of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP), which is an update of existing mobility plans, Ljubljana is one of the first cities in Slovenia and in the new EU member states to transform its transport strategy into a modern SUMP following the standards from the European Commission.

Lithuania and Romania were eager to learn from this neighbour country’s experience and to implement the same success factors to be able to develop efficient SUMPs. The Ministries involved in this exchange of experience are thinking of developing national guidelines or toolkit in order to help and assist their cities in the development and implementation of SUMPs.

 

France -> Czech Republic

Topic: Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans

As part of its efforts to improve modal shift and achieve a better use of public space, Nantes has developed a successful Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (know in France as PDU). This contributes to reduce congestion and pollution in the city centre, improve mobility management, achieve a better balance between the various modes of transport, ensure user-friendly and safe spaces for pedestrians and cyclists and give priority to public transport.

Many cities in Czech Republic which have similar conditions as Nantes are currently looking into the possibility of developing and implementing a SUMP and thus are willing to learn from the French experience.

 

UK (Edinburgh) -> Bulgaria (Sofia)

Topic: Park & Ride

As the metro construction is advancing and the second metro line will be ready soon in Sofia, the municipality wants to introduce Park & Ride at the four metro end-stations where large parking are foreseen. Sofia Mobility Centre Director has met with Edinburgh Head of Transport and P&R specialists to discuss the challenges, success factors and key elements to consider for the successful implementation of Park & Ride in Sofia.

 

Germany (Munich) -> Netherlands

Topic: Target group approach of mobility management programme

In the Netherlands, mobility management focuses on employers and employees; it is a priority of the national government. Even if this approach is rather successful, the feeling grows that more effort is needed and that new focus and new strategies should be defined, especially towards new residents. In the framework of a staff exchange, Dutch representative had the possibility to meet mobility management experts from the city of Munich and learn from their experience on their work with campaigns targeting groups of users; afterwards a meeting with the Dutch ministry of Infrastructure and Environment has been organised to present these first results and to define possible actions for the national Beter Benutten scheme on Traffic and Mobility Management.

 

Netherlands -> Sweden:
Mobility Management as a tool to cope with congestion due to road construction. The transfer process resulted in the publication of national guidelines on mobility management during road construction prepared by the Swedish Transport Administration.


UK -> France:
Transfer of HEAT a tool to assess the benefit of cycling. Promotion of the WHO’s tool monitoring the benefits of physical activity, especially of cycling, French towards local authorities.


Belgium -> Slovenia:
Mobility Management for children as a game in schools. The Traffic Snake Game which was a successful campaign in Belgian schools has been experienced in a small number of pilot Slovenian schools and will be further developed; it will also be included in the Manual on Sustainable mobility for Teachers which will be distributed over Slovenia.