NICHES+

Promotion and Take-up of Innovative Urban Transport Concepts

NICHES+

Project details

Duration 05/2008 - 04/2011

Website www.niches-transport.org

Coordinator POLIS - European Cities and Regions Networking for New Transport Solutions Rupprecht Consult was the technical coordinator

Project goal

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:

  • Networking opportunities: stimulate exchange between a wide range of urban transport stakeholders from all over Europe;
  • Publishing effective guidance for cities: brochures including key information on how to successfully implement the selected urban transport innovations;
  • Spreading the word: European and national events to effectively disseminate the project results and to encourage uptake of the twelve innovative concepts;
  • Groundwork with cities: resources and support for 7 champion cities (see map below), helping them to develop concrete implementation plans for NICHES+ concepts.

Results

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)

Concept 1.1:
Travel training for public transport

Concept 1.2:
Neighbourhood accessibility planning

Concept 1.3:
Tailored traveller information for users with reduced mobility

WG2: Efficient planning and use of infrastructure and transport interchanges (led by Transman)

Concept 2.1:
Passenger friendly intermodal interchanges

Concept 2.2.:
Innovative cycling facilities for intermodal interchanges

Concept 2.3:
Infrastructure for innovative bus systems

WG3: Traffic management centres (led by UNEW)

Concept 3.1:
Finance models for traffic management centres

Concept 3.2:
Mobile travel information services for the public

Concept 3.3:
Using environmental pollution data in traffic management

WG4: Automated and space efficient transport systems (led by TRG)

Concept 4.1:
Group Rapid Transit (GRT)

Concept 4.2:
Personal Rapid Transit (PRT)

Concept 4.3:
Using Electric Vehicles in City Car Share Schemes

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).

Role of Rupprecht Consult

Rupprecht Consult was technical coordinator of the NICHES+ project, led Working Group one on "Innovative concepts to enhance accessibility" and coordinated the work with the Champion Cities on the implementation scenarios.

Contact details

Siegfried Rupprecht
+49 221 6060 55 11
s.rupprecht@rupprecht-consult.eu

Project partners

Related resources

NICHES+ Overview brochure in English [PDF]

NICHES+ Overview brochure in French [PDF]

NICHES+ Overview brochure in German [PDF]

NICHES+ Overview brochure in Polish [PDF]

NICHES+ Overview brochure in Spanish [PDF]

NICHES+ Artois Gohelle travel training [PDF]

NICHES+ Artois-Gohelle Neighbourhood Accessibility Planning [PDF]

NICHES+ Burgos Neighbourhood Accessibility Planning [PDF]

NICHES+ Burgos Travel Training [PDF]

NICHES+ Cork (Ireland) - Smarter Travel scheme [PDF]

NICHES+ Daventry (UK) - Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) [PDF]

NICHES+ Finance models for traffic management centres [PDF]

NICHES+ Group Rapid Transit (GRT) [PDF]

NICHES+ Guidelines for assessing the Transferability of an Innovative Urban Transport Concept [PDF]

NICHES+ Infrastructure for innovative bus systems [PDF]

NICHES+ Innovative cycling facilities for intermodal interchanges [PDF]

NICHES+ Mobile travel information services for the public [PDF]

NICHES+ Neighbourhood Accessibility Planning [PDF]

NICHES+ Passenger friendly intermodal interchanges [PDF]

NICHES+ Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) [PDF]

NICHES+ Study Tour Catalogue [PDF]

NICHES+ Tailored Traveller Information for Users with Reduced Mobility [PDF]

NICHES+ Travel Training for Public Transport [PDF]

NICHES+ Trondheim (Norway) - Mobile Travel Information Services for the Public [PDF]

NICHES+ Using Electric Vehicles in City Car Share Schemes [PDF]

NICHES+ Using environmental pollution data in traffic management [PDF]

NICHES+ Worcestershire (UK) - Key Corridor Improvement Schemes [PDF]