In this project, we develop a step-wise approach and inspiration materials for cities to CREATE their own pathway (roadmap) to achieve the strategic ambition and vision regarding urban mobility, to identify solutions and to plan for implementation. We work together with the colleagues from the TU/e Business Engineering group and with Bable; an open Smart City Platform.

Transforming urban mobility has the potential to transform people's lives. This is not only because urban mobility is something many people use to manage and shape their daily lives. Far more is at stake. Our current over-reliance on cars to get around cities has many negative effects on urban populations. These include noise and air pollution, the risk of accidents and the privatisation of public space to name but a few. Changing systems of urban mobility to allow people and goods to move affordable, fast, comfortably, safely and cleanly but at the same time enable cities to reclaim public space from cars to make cities better places for people to live, work and play. EIT Urban Mobility strive for a form of mobility that allows people and goods to move affordably, quickly, comfortably, safely and cleanly but at the same time enables cities to reclaim public space from cars, creating more space for people to work, meet up and play.

We designed a step-wise approach and inspiration materials, based on results of earlier projects in urban mobility, for cities to use for their own strategic planning.
Step 1: Setting Strategic Ambitions
In the first step, cities define the future of urban mobility for their city concerning their overall ambitions. The cities can choose from a predefined list, the strategic ambition that fits best with their city (e.g., energy neutrality, healthy city, smart city ambitions, ambitions to be the front-runner in specific domains) what goals they will set for their urban mobility planning. They can derive from their city strategic plans for all fields related to urban mobility, such as strategic energy action plans, covenants, coalition agreements, etc. The strategic ambitions all refer to the strategic objectives defined in the current EIT Urban Mobility strategic plan. In this way, when the pathway is created, the impact of the set of solutions can be directly referenced to strategic objectives. We provide the cities with 8 predefined strategic ambitions and 18 examples from other cities.
Step 2: Select Vision Elements
In the second step, cities define their desired future urban mobility scenario. Vision elements operationalise strategic ambitions and describe how the city will look once the urban plan is implemented in the future. The cities need to decide on key elements that are part of the desired future (e.g., sustainable healthy behavior). Like with the strategic ambitions, we provide the cities with 10 predefined vision elements and 29 city examples, both derived from relevant past projects. The vision elements are linked to specific strategic ambitions so that when stakeholders choose a certain ambition, they are provided with a set of relevant vision elements that can be taken as a basis.
Step 3: Define Target Implementation Area in the City
In Step 3, cities will identify the most suitable area and the underlining challenges in realising their ambition and vision. More specifically, a target implementation area is a specific location that the cities selected to address a particular challenge related to their vision is a specific location. This target implementation area needs to be described by relevant characteristics of that area that are used to identify suitable solutions. This will be a selection step to provide the cities with relevant solutions that suit both the ambition (content) and the target area (context variables).
Step 4: Identify Relevant Solutions
Based on the characteristics of the implementation area (e.g., size, geography, technology diffusion, etc.), the vision elements, and related challenges, the cities are provided with a list of potential mobility solutions for implementation. These solutions are presented to the cities as inspiration to choose from. This set is based on the current urban mobility solutions already implemented in cities in Europe and reported in the Roadmaps for Smart Mobility and the current data base of BABLE. The solutions are clustered into categories that share common characteristics. In this way, the cities can scroll along relevant solutions and solution categories in search of relevancy for their situation. The solution categories serve as a filtering tool. Currently, 56 solutions are incorporated in the method. To keep the link with the original implementations in cities from which the solutions are driven, the method also includes the use-cases as example implementations of the solutions in cities as a source of inspiration for future implementations.
The set-up of the method and tool are further described in the project report. Currently, we have a paper prototype for testing and continue working, tighter with Bable, to realise the pathways tool.
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