How city governments co-create sustainable urban mobility: reinforcing multi-level cooperation and governance

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    City of Karlsruhe
    2 October 2020 - updated 2 weeks ago
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Every city faces the challenges of urban mobility: how can we make sure that citizens can get around quickly and safely every day, while also not harming the environment? That’s why, we are publishing a new report on how cities can co-create mobility projects in partnership with other levels of government.


Transport in particular is an area in which a city’s policies may affect and be affected by other territories and by other levels of government. Multi-level governance and cooperation mean governments successfully consult one another and work together.
This is both horizontal – neighbouring municipalities working on a common bus network for example – and vertical – such as a regional government consulting with its municipalities and the national government on a new railway line. Such cooperation naturally leads to more coherent policies that benefit citizens in all territories.


The following report examines 10 case studies of successful projects from European cities and makes recommendations for cities looking to undertake their own mobility projects and consult other governments.