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Mobility Centres Network (MOBI-NET)

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MOBI-NET involved 8 partners in 5 countries (IT, ES, PT, SE, GR). At local level, MOBI-NET set up a mobility centre in each site and ran it (with the support of the international network); implementing local sustainable mobility actions (such as school/home mobility plans, sustainable mobility education, training, awareness raising; home/work mobility plans…); offering training and support to the stakeholders. MOBI-NET built on the existing knowledge on Mobility Centres, but followed a participatory model, involving stakeholders from the beginning (through a Local Support Group involving key local actors) for the definition of actions and internal evaluation. MOBI-NET has been an important project for the promotion of sustainable mobility and the development of innovative initiatives in the participating sites. In certain cases, such as in Greece where no similar work had been carried out, the project has developed as a successful example of mobility management, which could be imitated by other municipalities.

Results

  • Establishment of 7 Mobility Centres in 5 European countries (IT, ES, PT, SE, GR).
  • Introduction and deployment of the participatory approach and the private public partnership for the organisation and implementation of the local activities.
  • Effective involvement of the various stakeholders so that they make a mobility survey (with a good return rate); make a mobility plan; implement the actions resulting from the mobility plan; identify a mobility manager that cooperates with the Mobility Centre
  • Development of a mobility management survey tool, a useful tool for the community of mobility managers and an additional module to the open source community of Limesurvey.org. Development of a series of sustainable mobility services at a local level raising awareness among the local population on sustainable mobility. Training of the local stakeholders and policy makers on the subject of sustainable mobility.
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Lessons learned

  • Political involvement from an early stage is a crucial aspect for the successful organisation and operation of a Mobility Centre. In particular, it is important to have the support of the relevant department of the local authority.
  • The participatory approach has been proved a very useful process despite its complexities. Therefore, for the successful establishment and operation of a Mobility Centre it is extremely important to involve the most number of stakeholders as possible, as the results are definitely better due to reduced barriers.
  • The Mobility Centre should be integrated in an existing service/department for funding reasons and the InfoPoint should be located in a strategic place in the town.
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Partners and coordinator

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Contact

Provincia di Biella
Italy
Contact point: 
Name: 
Mr Giorgio Saracco
Tel: 
00390158480726

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In brief

Duration:
01/01/2007 to 30/06/2009
Contract number: 
EISAS/EIE/06/201/2006

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