The Cities-4-People (C4P), a research and innovation project funded by the EU under the Horizon 2020 programme (under grant agreement No 723194) & coordinated by the Copenhagen Business School, focuses on the implementation of transportation and mobility solutions that are initiated and developed based on people’s local needs. The project builds on three main pillars: Citizens’ participation, community empowerment, and sustainable urban planning. In practice, the C4P approach is delivered through collaborative multi-stakeholder pilot programs in five European areas: Oxfordshire, Hamburg, Istanbul, Budapest, and Trikala.
From Research to Implementation
At the beginning of the project C4P needed to identify what local people and visitors in the different cities experience as problems in mobility and transportation and which of them are most pressing. Each local project team shared their own map-based survey with the public to map people’s journeys to work, school, shopping, and leisure activities.
People were mobilized to answer using social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin. The teams also sent out newsletters from the municipalities and invited the project’s university communities to respond. The Maptionnaire surveys managed to gather a database of over 2,550 map responses, which was much more than C4P initially expected. The results from the surveys helped some of the cities decide their pilot program locations.
Besides gathering people’s experiences with Maptionnaire, C4P also applied other community involvement approaches. Stakeholder meetings were held in each city. They served as an opportunity to communicate the survey findings.
C4P also created a Citizen Mobility Lab in every city. Their idea is to provide an open (physical) space where interested community members can come together with mobility experts, policymakers, and other urban mobility stakeholders to discuss new ideas, initiate new projects for their neighborhoods, and share outcomes. The Citizen Mobility Labs will remain in use also after the project is concluded.
The next phases
Based on the data obtained by using Maptionnaire and running the workshops, the C4P cities are now developing their own mobility and transportation concepts which will next year (2019) be employed as prototypes. The end goal is to have the piloted solutions scale up to help solve mobility and transport challenges in other European cities, too.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No 723194.
The picture featuring the post: Stanislav Rabun (Budapest)