Activities of the CYCLECITIES project are divided into 4 components:
- Management and coordination
- Communication and dissemenation
- Exchange of experiences dedicated to the identification and analysis of good practices
- Strategies and tools for re-orienting mobility management policies
Management and coordination
The objective of this component is a well managed project activities, consistent and effective administrative, financial and technical coordination between project partners.
Communication and dissemenation
- Project communication and dissemination strategy
- 1 project communication plan will be produced, in which the communication and dissemination strategy will be defined. This will include defining the scope, aims and objectives of the communication and dissemination Component, the target groups, the means and resources to be deployed and the communication and networking channels to be used to ensure that the CYCLECITIES’ agenda reaches as large an audience as possible.
- Communication and dissemination tools and resources
- This activity is dedicated to the design and development of communication and dissemination tools and resources. 1 brochure, 1 poster, 1 website will be created, alongside 6 issues of e-newsletters and 6 press-releases.
- Knowledge resources, such as presentations, lists of experts, news on the field, and reports will be collected, up-loaded on the website in 7 linguistic versions and updated 4 times.
- The stakeholders of the field in Europe will be identified
- Communication and dissemination actions
- This activity integrates the actions and events foreseen to be organised by the partners. The strategic dissemination on cycling awareness raising campaign involves the dissemination via e-mail of materials produced in Component 2 and of Component 3 and Component 4 results. Moreover, the partners are expected to participate in 16 third-party events, to organise 3 European conferences and 7 interregional fora. The conferences will be the project’s major dissemination events addressed to cities’ officials in urban planning and mobility, to elected representatives, to experts specializing in the fields of mobility and urban planning, to communities of end-users / commuters and to the media and general public while the fora are foreseen to gather primarily policy-makers, experts and end-users.
- Development of new media and interactive materials for awareness and dissemination
- A series of new media and interactive tools will be developed. Interactive humoristic flash based cartoons aim to enhance awareness, to promote understanding of the needs, to appease resistance on changes, to educate on cycling issues. The cartoons are targeted towards specific groups, particular students and young people. Furthermore, the “City planners”: board game for facilitating policy changes is addressed primarily to cities’ officials, policy-makers and secondarily to the general public. The game’s scope is to demonstrate via experiential learning the potential response of citizens to policy mixes adopted in the area of urban mobility.
Exchange of experiences dedicated to the identification and analysis of good practices
- Collection of good practices related to cycling and mobility management policies in Europe.
- 50 good practices related to land use planning, cities’ successful mobility management strategies, cases of cities’ participation strategies for reshaping urban mobility and best architectural designs of cycling infrastructures are foreseen to be identified and collected. The cases collected will feed the development of 4 good practice guides.
- Organisation of interregional events for the exchange of experiences and good practices.
- 7 interregional workshops will be organised. They will focus on the exchange of experiences, good practices and case studies in order to promote the improvement / development of local / regional policies. The workshops will be organised in all partnership countries and will follow an interactive approach, creating an inspiring environment to stimulate debates on policies among all stakeholders - policy-makers, knowledge experts and communities of end-users.
- 2 study visits will be organised primarily for the partners. They will consist of on-site review of existing urban mobility schemes and structures in the hosting cities (Merton and Piraeus), and on the exploration of possible measures for the effective integration of cycling.
- Implementation plans for the integration of cycling in urban mobility management
- 7 regional implementation plans are foreseen to be developed by the CYCLECITIES partnering cities. The plans will integrate the outcomes of Component 3 (mainly the good practices) and also Component 4 outputs, particularly the outputs on cycling in mobility management strategies for sustainable transport: Evidence-based analysis of traffic trends, needs, deadlocks, controversies, regulations and policies, on infrastructures for cycling, and on the environmental and economic gains and costs.
Strategies and tools for re-orienting mobility management policies
- Analysis and assessment of realities and challenges related to cycling and mobility management
- Research and analysis of evidence planned to be carried out early in the project, to generate an overview of the state of the art of cycling use and of mechanisms affecting and / or promoting cycling in European cities, which will feed discussions of Component 2 and Component 3 events.
Studies supported by empirical evidence and an independent survey, all developed according to homogeneous methodological approaches are foreseen to be produced:
- A survey on existing infrastructures will gather data on issues such as cycle paths, mandatory and advisory cycle lanes, standards, parking places design, signaling, etc.
- A report on ‘Environmental and economic gains and costs of cycling in sustainable urban mobility’ shall provide additional documentation and evidence on the actual benefits and costs of cycling
- Strategies and tools for re-orienting mobility management policies
This activity addresses strategic aspects, exploring the challenges associated to mobility management policies and developing tools to influence these policies:
- An ‘Orientation analysis and series of recommendations on including bike-sharing systems in cities' mobility management schemes’.
- A management game facilitating policy change in mobility management schemes integrating cycling is expected to incorporate the strategic considerations and priorities identified, together with evidence revealed in the context of the project's acitivities and events, to enable the reform of policies. The game is targeted to cities’ officials in mobility planning intending to help them address organisational inertia.
- An on-line observatory for mobility management policies related to cycling is planned to serve as a repository of knowledge, material and resources, produced primarily by CYCLECITIES and secondarily by external experts, for the facilitation of optimum policy-making.