With a dynamic and innovative approach to research, the CREATE project will develop tailored advice and guidance to help local authorities deal with traffic congestion.
The CREATE (Congestion Reduction in Europe, Advancing Transport Efficiency) project will make the most of the extensive expertise of its project partners and use awareness raising activities and peer learning exchanges to generate new ways for cities to transfer research from the lab to the street. The project consortium is made up of ten European and Euro-Mediterranean cities; several universities (UCL, Sciences Po, Dresden University and BOKU); and an SME (INRIX).
The project is intended to help reduce traffic congestion by decoupling car use from economic growth, and exploring solutions and alternatives. Project partners will carry out a qualitative and quantitative analysis of transport-related measures and policies in cities, arrange peer learning and training sessions, and define knowledge transfer and exploitation actions.
The five Eastern European cities (Adana, Amman, Bucharest, Skopje and Tallinn) will work closely with the Western European capital cities (Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Paris and Vienna) to learn how to cope better with traffic congestion and adopt sustainable transport policies and measures. In parallel, the five western cities will work together to explore future mobility options in the context of a growing urban population. They will also consider how better to manage their transport systems and ways to reduce the overall need for citizens to travel.
Our role in the project is to facilitate the exchanges between partner cities. We will also be linking the activities and results of the CREATE project with the work our of environment and mobility forums.
In the coming months, CREATE will set up a stakeholder engagement group. This will be made up of ten members, including seven EUROCITIES members. The group will provide experience and feedback to the consortium and attend key project meetings. EUROCITIES members are invited to contact Melanie Leroy by 23 July if they are interested in joining this group.
The kick-off meeting for the CREATE project takes place in London in mid-September, including a public launch event open to all stakeholders on 23 September.
The CREATE project is funded by Horizon 2020 and led by University College London (UCL). It will run until May 2018.