LAST MILE aims to find sustainable flexible solutions for regional mobility systems. It will make sure that visitors travel the 'last mile' of their travel chain sustainably, and provide alternatives to car use for residents and their daily trips as well. LAST MILE will support regions in creating tailor made solutions for multiple users, interlacing with main public transport lines and hubs and introducing low emission and energy efficient vehicles, that shall lead to sustainable and financeable regional mobility options.
Financed under the INTERREG EUROPE Programme, LAST MILE is a European wide interregional project with 7 partners from 6 countries comprising a group of about 50 regional stakeholders. Bulgarian partner is Club ‘Sustainable Development of Civil Society’.
ECCENTRIC is a network of cities with a relevant background in sustainable urban mobility. Coordinator of the project is Madrid and participants - 4 more cities - Stockholm, Munich, Turku and Ruse. 29 partners will work together within the local consortia established, 17 Observer cities are already interested in the project development.
CIVITAS ECCENTRIC meets two main challenges:
1. Produce a culture shift in terms of environment for SUMPs in member states and in the organisational culture of transport planning in city authorities.
2. Get ministries and national agencies to play a national leading role on SUMPs, as in many member states these are the organisations from which cities take
their main direction; where ministries are already playing this role, to support and strengthen their approach.
3. To provide mechanisms and tools for Ministries to take this lead role.
4. Analyse clearly the problems of (lack of) take-up of SUMPs – to understand from cities themselves why they are not taken up and then to help cities to
address these barriers.
5. Extend the existing 25-county EU-SUMP-network with at least two more countries
6. Get more cities to take up effective high-quality SUMPs – through cities’ involvement in the project and indirectly through more cities hearing about SUMPs
in their country.
7. Ensure that these SUMPs contain and will lead to implementation of a broad range of innovative sustainable transport measures.
8. Build cities’ capacity to develop and implement SUMPs that genuinely reflect the spirit of the EU SUMP Guidelines, rather than being mandatory documents to
fulfil a requirement linked to major transport infrastructure.
9. Deliver a measurable impact.
The core concept of PROSPERITY is bringing ministries into the project, which will significantly enhance the visibility of the project at the national level and
therefore increase numbers of cities active on SUMPs. Thus PROSPERITY will ensure that more cities commit to SUMPs that are in line with the EU SUMP Guidelines
and that include a broad range of innovative measures. This will generate a high leverage factor, especially in regions and cities where take up is so far low
and the impacts from transport are severe – therefore the majority of PROSPERITY activities is in such regions and cities - thus in southern, central-eastern
and eastern Europe.
Following the “Common Vision for Sustainable Mobility in Tourism” adopted by the partnership of TRANSDANUBE, the projects main objective is to contribute to the development of a Danube region, which provides socially fair, economically viable, environmentally friendly and health promoting mobility for visitors and inhabitants of the region by developing climate-friendly, low-carbon and low-emission, multimodal and efficient transport systems and sustainable tourism services. By improving the possibilities to move along the Danube with environmentally friendly means of transport the project will counteract the ongoing popularity of private car usage and its negative impact on the environment. By better linking the different modes of transport the project will not only contribute to sustainable regional and local mobility but also support the connectivity between the regions, leading to a more balanced accessibility within the Danube regions.
EU-funding programme: Danube Transnational Programme
Project budget: 2,976 Mio. EUR
Project duration: January 2017 – June 2019
Lead partner: Environment Agency Austria