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Advancing Sustainable Transport in Urban areas To promote Energy efficiency (ASTUTE)

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Working in six urban areas (Budapest, Dublin, Granada, Graz, London and Siracusa) and focussing on behavioural change, ASTUTE aimed to overcome the organisational barriers that prevent an increase in the use of walking and cycling in European urban centres. This has been achieved in a variety of different systems, in both the public and private sectors though the use of mobility management techniques such as Travel Awareness campaigns and Workplace Travel Plans. ASTUTE drew up a typology of barriers and analysed a range of best practice information from both partner and external organisations as a way in overcoming these barriers. ASTUTE drafted a toolkit for use by municipalities and employers that enables them to implement concrete measure to increase levels of walking and cycling. ASTUTE partners tested the draft toolkit in a variety of situations and spread the final version on DVD in 10 EU languages

Results

  • Increase in the public acceptability of walking and cycling
  • Improved coordination between all of the organisations responsible for walking and / or cycling on both a local and regional level
  • Toolkit tested in 10 different 'laboratories' over 12-18 months and disseminated on project end via DVD in 10 languages
  • 10% increase in the levels of walking and cycling across the partner cities and reduced emission of CO2
  • Private sector to realise extra benefits of Work Based Travel Plans through the adoption of travel plans in 100 businesses across all partners
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Lessons learned

  • The study of barriers and best practice typologised the variety of barriers and identified 67 examples of best practice.
  • Project partners have consulted on this with stakeholders in the ASTUTE cities and new Member States; through the New Member State Forum we have already learnt about the wide variety of barriers that are transferable across not only our partner cities, but also across Europe.
  • This is a positive indication that the best practice examples we identified, and the subsequent toolkit we developed, are accessible and appropriate to all Member States.
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Partners and coordinator

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Contact

London Borough of Bromley
United Kingdom
Contact point: 
Name: 
Paul Curtis
Tel: 
44 208 313 4918

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In brief

Duration:
01/02/2006 to 31/01/2009
Contract number: 
EISAS/EIE/05/015/2005

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