CREATE – Keys to reduce congestion and leapfrogging

Less than six months until the end of the CREATE project (! This Horizon 2020 CIVITAS project aims to reduce road congestion in cities by encouraging a switch from cars to sustainable modes of transport, and improve the liveability of cities.

It provides stakeholders with tools which can be used by mobility practitioners, both at technical and political level: Guidelines on how to tackle current congestion and reduce levels of car use in cities and plan for the future; peer-to-peer exchanges and capacity building; dissemination and exploitation plans; and business cases for investment using EBRD, EIB or World Bank funding.

The project  involves five Western European capitals and five Eastern European and Euro-Med cities, including Amman and Adana. After gathering the lessons learnt from Western capital cities, the project identifies the success factors that encouraged the shift away from the car, and transfers the knowledge to Eastern European and Euro-Med cities to support them in developing sustainable strategies. Western cities also work on imagining together the city of the future and the future role of the car. To achieve this, CREATE is organising peer-learning activities workshops, knowledge transfer and training sessions for the project partners and for external participants. Additionally a Stakeholder Engagement Group has been set up including a wider group of cities, media groups and NGOs.  

CREATE’s upcoming activities include a seminar on 24 November 2017 in Paris on “Autonomous vehicles: acceptability and impacts on society”. The second and last round of mentoring visits will then kick-off in Bucharest on 27-28 November 2017, to be followed by mentoring visits in Skopje in December, and in Tallinn, Adana and Amman early 2018.  CREATE events at the end of January 2018 in Skopje will also include another training on urban mobility data and a dissemination event.