SUNRISE addressed mobility challenges at the neighbourhood level in six cities. It entailed activities along the entire innovation chain: Identification of mobility problems, development of innovative ideas, concrete implementation, systematic evaluation, extraction of lessons learned and their dissemination in the form of a “Neighbourhood Mobility Pathfinder.” Local residents, businesses and other stakeholders were involved in all phases to live up to SUNRISE’s “co-creation” spirit. Particular focus is given to involve typically under-represented groups such as migrants, women, older and younger people. SUNRISE layed the foundation for a Sustainable Neighbourhood Mobility Planning concept to complement the existing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP).
SUNRISE stands for “Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods - Research and Implementation Support in Europe”. This Horizon 2020 project is indeed all about very concrete activities on the neighbourhood level and includes tangible implementation actions in the following six neighbourhoods:
All SUNRISE activities include systematic input of all affected citizens, not only during the planning stage but also during the implementation phase. Therefore, the conceptual key-term of this project was the idea to “co-create” a more sustainable mobility future. This translates into the following sequence of activities and corresponding work packages – all of them with the deliberate prefix “co-“.
The overall mission of SUNRISE was to “develop, implement, assess and facilitate co-learning about new, collaborative ways to address common urban mobility challenges at the urban district level through neighbourhood mobility labs and thus to lay the foundation for a Sustainable Neighbourhood Mobility Planning concept” – compatible and complimentary to the widely established SUMP concept (Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning).
In fact, all SUNRISE cities already have city-wide mobility strategies (SUMPs), yet realise that large innovative potentials are untapped at the neighbourhood level which requires the proactive involvement of local communities, stakeholders and residents for novel, creative, lasting and publicly embraced solutions to what they perceive as pressing urban mobility challenges.
All activities were accompanied by a thorough research and evaluation programme in order to be able to extract methodically rigorous lessons and to assess their transferability to other neighbourhoods across Europe and, indeed, worldwide. This component was led by Edinburgh Napier University, who has played similar key roles in various previous EU research projects.
Also all other project partners are extremely well-versed in their special fields. They played the role as support partners for all kinds of thematic issues such as city logistics, active modes, public transport, parking management, spatial planning etc. (urbanista, POLIS, Zaragoza Logistics Center, Koucky & Partners, Technical University Vienna).