Promotion and Take-up of Innovative Urban Transport Concepts
The NICHES+ consortium aimed at continuing and expanding a comprehensive coordination platform for innovative urban transport solutions, building on the successful first NICHES project.
Principal aims of the project were:
NICHES+ analysed and promoted twelve innovative concepts in four thematic areas with the support of expert working groups (download overview brochure here in English, French, German, Polish and Spanish).
The project organised numerous events on European and national level and enhanced discussion among a wide range of urban transport stakeholders on how to encourage and enable the implementation of the twelve innovative concepts.
The consortium published effective guidance for cities in form of ‘Guidelines for Implementers’ (download via table below) and e-learning modules (access via http://www.niches-transport.org/), including key information on success factors and barriers for the implementation process.
WG1: Innovative concepts to enhance accessibility (led by Rupprecht Consult)
WG2: Efficient planning and use of infrastructure and transport interchanges (led by Transman)
WG3: Traffic management centres (led by UNEW)
WG4: Automated and space efficient transport systems (led by TRG)
The project developed a sound methodology for transferability analysis (download ‘Guidelines for assessing the Transferability of an Innovative Urban Transport Concept’ here). This methodology was successfully tested by the seven Champion Cities that were actively supported by the project to develop implementation scenarios for selected innovative concepts as presented below (for download of illustrated short version click on hyperlinks):
NICHES+ also developed a ‘Study Tour Catalogue’ including 35 good practice examples on urban transport innovation in Europe. The aim of this Study Tour Catalogue is to provide urban transport professionals and local decision makers with an overview of European towns and cities that successfully implemented innovative strategies which have the potential to become mainstream transport solutions (download the Study Tour Catalogue here).
We were technical coordinator of the NICHES+ project, led Working Group 1 on "Innovative concepts to enhance accessibility" and coordinated the work with the Champion Cities on the implementation scenarios.