FGM-AMOR is a private non-profit research, consulting and educational organisation based in Graz, Austria. As one of Europe's leading companies in the field of mobility research, FGM-AMOR has more than 20 years of experience in national and European research focused on sustainable transport, offers state of the art know-how and access to the latest European research results as well as the latest examples in the field of mobility management.
FGM-AMOR works for sustainable environmental-friendly and people-friendly traffic development. The range of activities includes research, project management, policy advice, training and project implementation in the field of mobility management, active mobility and urban logistics. Besides this, FGM-AMOR works in the field of marketing, consumer behaviour related to transport and dissemination of products and concepts of national and EU-projects.
FGM-AMOR has a lot of know-how and experience in the topics relevant for Metamorphosis as a focal point of their research and implementation projects over the years have been associated with improving the quality of life in cities by making them more child-friendly through processes that involve the promotion of walking and cycling and by using emotional approaches targeted to children and adults alike. These projects include BAMBINI, Trendy Travel, ACTIVE ACCESS, Transport Learning, GOAL and many others. In the FGM-coordinated BAMBINI project 25 home zones were implemented all over Europe, among them the first home zone in Bulgaria.
synergo is a well-connected SME based in Zurich with a main field of expertise in mobility management, neighbourhood renewal and branding processes, integrated land use and transport policy, and evaluation of transport, energy, environmental and spatial development policies. synergo works for public institutions at the local, regional and national level in Switzerland, and for governments and international organisations in and outside of Europe. synergo is involved in providing mobility education in school classes on a local and regional level and implements Mobility Management for property owner or municipalities to promote the consideration of on-site transport measures during the planning of new developments.
synergo has been engaged in several projects of the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Programmes (MOMENTUM, PRIMA, MOST, EPSECC, IT2, TranSEcon, SUMMA, MAX, LINK, DIVERCITIES. In the projects MOMENTUM, MOST, MAX and DIVERCITIES neighbourhood approaches in transport and the general empowerment of neighbourhood policies have been treated, as within the INTERREG IIB project IMAGE where tools for neighbourhood regeneration have been developed.In the METAMORPHOSIS project, synergo acts as a steward for the city of Zurich and will implement all measures on behalf of the city council.
Located in the bilingual northern Italian province of South Tyrol (Südtirol/Alto Adige), Merano/Meran is known as garden city in the heart of the Alps. It has a centuries-old tradition as health resort, thanks to its favourable position and climate which at the beginning oft he 19th century started attracting recuperation seeking aristocrats of the then Danube Monarchy.
Although still very popular among tourists thanks to its mediterranean vegetation and its amazing mountain sceneries, Merano/Meran is facing several challenges with respect to environmental issues. Some of them, like air pollution and noise exposure, are mainly related to the effects of urban traffic. While the municipal government is very much committed to discourage individual motor car traffic and improve public transportation and cycling infrastructure, the traffic calming policy being implemented since 2015 meets with many obstacles. Some of them are objective handicaps, like the narrowness of many streets in the medieval town layout that makes it difficult to extend the cycle path network. But there are mental barriers as well among the approximately 40.000 people who live in town. Thus, the municipal government is seeking for new ways of breaking with the private car-linked mobility routine and of opening minds to the existing variety of options in street and traffic design.
NHTV, Breda University for Applied Sciences, 7,700 students from over 60 countries, is situated in the south of the Netherlands. NHTV offers professional and academic bachelors and masters programs in the disciplines of Games & Media, Hotel, Facility, Logistics, Built Environment and Tourism & Leisure.
NHTV’s education has a strong focus on practice-oriented knowledge development in close cooperation with relevant national and international partners and (industry) stakeholders. Nearly all NHTV’s study programs rank first in their categories in the national rankings and some bachelors are even qualified as top rated program. Programs cover some focus areas which are unique to NHTV, such as cross-cultural understanding, social responsibility, imagineering and entrepreneurship.
The Academy for Urban development, Logistics and Mobility (NHTV-SLM) comprises about 1,045 students and 90 employees. Lecturers and professors deliver education and develop knowledge in the form of teaching materials, reports and presentations. SLM’s vision is to be the educational institute for designing, planning, structuring and managing the spatial environment, and the interaction with logistic and traffic flows within this environment.
Supporting the educational core are projects funded by government subsidies and industry contracts executed by qualified, continually educated staff, resulting in a wealth of professional products. Students participate in the creation and use of these products, while professors create unique mentorship and authorship.
Built Environment, one of the two areas of the academy SLM, offers a curriculum to become a highly-qualified professional capable to deal with the spatial dilemmas. The student learns to design in joint projects and gets to know the interrelated fields of urban planning, urban design and sustainable mobility, in order to develop creativity and practical thinking. The student will be prepared, by lecturers and professionals, for a future in which urban & mobility solutions are requesting strategy, research and collaboration with other disciplines. Dealing with political decision making, bottom up initiatives and conflicting interest.
The University of Southampton is one of the leading universities in the United Kingdom and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of UK Universities. It is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide. The Transportation Research Group (TRG), based in the Faculty of Engineering and Environment, is one of the UK's longest established and leading centres for multi-disciplinary transport teaching and research. TRG has been involved in over 40 European Commission research projects. Major activities have traditionally related to all aspects of the development, application and understanding of the impacts of a wide range of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), with particular expertise in traffic engineering, human-centred design and economic evaluation. In conjunction with Southampton City Council and Sustrans, TRG established the Centre for Sustainable Travel Choices in 2012. The Group currently consists of 8 Academics, 15 Research/Technical staff, 12 Visiting staff and 2 Administrative Support staff. TRG holds grants and contracts worth almost £8 million, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the European Commission, UK Governmental bodies and industry.
Alba Iulia Municipality (www.apulum.ro) is a local public authority with a high potential for growth and development, focused on institutional, economic, social and cultural interests of more than 73.000 inhabitants, providing a democratic local government of Alba Iulia Municipality. Among its activities and objectives, we mention:
- to ensure the provision of public services for the inhabitants of Alba Iulia Municipality in a sustainable manner respecting the equality of chances;
- to promote social and economic development;
- to promote a safe and healthy environment;
- to encourage the involvement of citizens and of nongovernmental organizations in the matters of local government;
- to make sure the citizens of Alba Iulia Municipality benefit from a healthy living environment and from good living conditions.
Alba Iulia Municipality is managed by a dynamic administration open to private investors, which is constantly valorizing the touristic and economic potential by organizing and promoting various types of events. In its actions, Alba Iulia Municipality is in direct relation with the citizens and is permanently contributing to the improvement of the quality of the services offered by reducing the bureaucracy and improving its e-administration services.
For achieving its objectives, the Municipality managed to attract and invest at local level non reimbursable funding in order to implement ideas with an important impact on the local community. More precisely, Alba Iulia Municipality implemented investment projects of over 150 000 000 Euro in the last years, financed by European funding, Romanian Government, Norwegian Government, Program of United Nations for Development or by public private partnership.
Ökoinstitut Südtirol/Alto Adige was founded in 1989 as a non profit association. Its projects focus on the promotion and applied research of ecological innovation. The organisation’s main areas of activity are consultancy, information and awareness-raising on sustainable mobility and urban planning, climate protection and energy, environmental education, waste prevention and reduction, green events and sustainable tourism. It works with public administrations and private companies, carries out research projects financed by the public administration and implements cultural and educational initiatives directly addressed to children, adolescents and adults.
The City of Munich (approx. 1.5 million inhabitants) is the capital of the Free State of Bavaria and the dominating metropolis in Southern Germany. Around 2.5 million people live in the greater area of Munich. There will be a strong growth in the next ten years. Head of the city administration with 35.000 employees and the government is Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter. The Department of Public Order has the responsibility for traffic and mobility management as well as safety measures. On behalf of the City Council of Munich, the Department of Public Order develops a sustainable multimodal mobility management, soft marketing measures and information campaigns as part of the master plan mobility management
The team mobility management consists of 9 people. The main aim of our work is to increase the modal split of the environmentally friendly means of transportation by applying soft measures and giving information and mobility advices. All measures and campaigns are designed to fit the different target groups. We offer mobility guidance and education for approx. 85.000 new residents each year, for companies, for senior citizens, for families, for migrants as well as for children and young people. In addition, we carry out a marketing campaign for cycling and we work on a climate protection program and on road safety measures.
The Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) is one of the leading and most dynamic universities in Germany. As a full-curriculum university with 14 faculties in five schools it offers a broad variety of 133 disciplines and covers a wide research spectrum. Since 2012 TUD is officially one of the “Universities of Excellence”. It has a high profile in researching the effects of transport, like emissions, congestion and noise reduction and increase of traffic safety and efficient use of public space – all aims of the Universities chair of Transportation Ecology.
According to its official dedication "the chair has to contribute to the decline of transport's impacts on the environment". The Chair of Transport Ecology at the Faculty of Transportation and Traffic Science "Friedrich List" has been established in 1994. The Chair is primarily working in the fields of estimating environmental impacts caused by traffic, monetisation of environmental impacts, concept development and assessment of measures reducing environmental impacts, mobility and need coverage and public awareness and information.
The TUD and especially the Chair of Transport Ecology has a lot of expertise in topics regarding Metamorphosis, since the evaluation of sustainable urban transport solutions has been a research focus of the chair. The chair of transport ecology participated in the European-funded projects SUSTRAMM, ISEMOA, ELTIS plus, PTaccess and PARAMOUNT. Additionally, the chair of transport ecology coordinated the IEE project TRANSPORT LEARNING completely during the period of the project.
Lendwirbel - Association for neighbourly urban development, was formed at the end of 2013 and is based in the Lend district of Graz, Austria. Ten years ago Lend was considered an unsafe, run-down neighbourhood but today it is one of the liveliest, most diverse and ambitious districts in Graz. Lendwirbel began at a neighbourhood meeting in Lend in 2006 and from that point on has facilitated a constantly changing network of volunteers, all motivated by the use of urban space. Their focus is the question of the best possible common life and work in the city, the promotion of joyful use of public urban space and the creation of collective spaces of action beyond commercialisation and exclusion.
Since 2006, this goal has cumulated every year at the beginning of May in a multi-day street festival, characterised by self-organisation, community and openness. This can be understood as a dynamic bottom-up movement of people who live, work and /or are active in Lend for different reasons. This movement motivates over a hundred actors to engage with the topics of neighbourhood, use of public space, urban development, art and controversial topics in various forms of action, such as performances, installations and discourse. In the background, the organisation team of the Lendwirbel Association creates the basic conditions and opens a window of possibilities for forms of expression in the public space. The goal of the association is to support people who are active in the neighbourhood by providing information, advice, infrastructure and networks. Within the framework of Metamorphosis the Lendwirbel Association, in cooperation with local residents, businesses, schools, institutions and organisations, and the city administration, will develop innovative concepts for the shared use of public space and their implementation.
Tilburg Municipality is the local government for the City of Tilburg. Starting from local opportunities and challenges, one of the strategic goals is the emphasis on 'Smart Connectivity'. Mobility challenges should be addressed in a smart way by placing the human aspect at the centre. Therefore, Tilburg includes end-users (inhabitants) more and more in the process of developing policy and projects. This is called social innovation.
This is one of the main elements in the currently developed Mobility Approach Tilburg (SUMP). Therefore, the Metamorphosis project is seen as an excellent opportunity to investigate and apply broader possibilities of transforming neighbourhood mobility by involving end-users (including children and other stakeholders). Being the local government in a time of transformation, is an excellent position to develop innovations regarding mobility solutions by co-creation.
This means that Tilburg Municipality has a lot of know-how about the proposal topic and will include the whole range from policy (senior policy officer responsible for the SUMP) to practice ('neighbourhood coordinators' responsible for including neighbourhoods in solutions).
With Zurich being one of the most attractive cities in in the world, it comes as no surprise that each day, approximately 1 million people spend time there.
Of them, 400,000 people also live in Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city. Zurich is considered a very attractive place to live, work and as a travel destination.
The Civil Engineering Office of the City of Zurich develops, builds and maintains the public spaces in the City of Zurich. On behalf of the residents of Zurich and together with partners from the City Administration and private enterprise, the more than 300 employees of the Civil Engineering Office ensure that the infrastructure functions properly and that public spaces are and will remain attractively designed and functional.
The Civil Engineering Office carries out the following tasks:
- Create the infrastructure for a liveable and economically successfully city
- Implement projects which will endure for generations to come
- Develop concepts for tomorrow’s mobility
- Develop and design attractive urban spaces
- Plan and build streets, footpaths, bridges and public squares
- Care for and maintain the infrastructure
- Promote art in public spaces
Southampton is the second largest city in South East England with a population of over 240,000. It is a key regional transport hub comprising Britain’s most important port with major international connections, a growing international airport and well connected rail links. The city has significant economic growth aspirations with over £2bn worth of development sites in the pipeline and 30,000 new jobs by 2026 but needs to establish sustainable transport solutions and a logistics structure that will enable economic growth to continue unhindered by issues of congestion. Without interventions predicted increases in traffic flow range between 11% and 41% up to 2026.
Southampton has an established reputation in the UK for developing and delivering innovative and holistic transport solutions as the winner of Transport City of the Year 2013 and runner up as Transport Authority of the Year 2015 at the National Transport Awards. The City Council has built up strong expertise working with partners on award-winning projects including its successful ‘My Journey’ behaviour change programme and Legible Cities wayfinding network. Many projects within the My Journey programme focus heavily on mobility management in schools, extensive community engagement and the design and delivery of innovative campaigns focussed on the promotion of active travel and sustainable urban logistics.
SUNRISE is the acronym for Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods Research and Implementation Support in Europe. The SUNRISE mission is 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.
SUNRISE has its own empirical programme, that is, a carefully planned set of interventions in six “action neighbourhoods” within their respective city. Concretely, one neighbourhood each in the cities of Bremen, Budapest, Jerusalem, Malmö, Southend-on-sea will run a highly participatory “co-creation” process with their residents and stakeholders to identify local needs, to develop new transport solutions, to implement and to evaluate them – all with the guidance and assistance of the support partners urbanista, Rupprecht Consult, POLIS, Edinburgh Napier University – Transport Research Institute, Zaragoza Logistics Center and Koucky & Partners.
All cities are strongly committed to sustainable mobility and co-creation principles. They all have city-wide mobility strategies (esp. SUMP), yet realise that large innovative potentials are untapped at the neighbourhood level which requires the proactive involvement of local communities for lasting and publicly embraced solutions to urban mobility challenges.
Cities-4-People is an H2020 project revolving around sustainable and people-oriented transport as a solution to the many challenges linked to mobility and faced by urban and peri-urban areas today. Aiming to implement mobility solutions developed by the people for the people, Cities-4-People taps into participatory practices of social innovation and neighbourhood governance and builds on three main pillars: citizens’ participation, community empowerment, and sustainable urban planning.
Cities-4-People unfolds in five European areas: the Oxfordshire County, Hamburg District of Altona, Üsküdar in Istanbul, Budapest and Trikala. In these areas Mobility Communities are set up involving citizens, city authorities, mobility providers and innovation experts. By developing and providing a framework of support services and tools, Cities-4-People empowers these communities to actively contribute to shaping their local mobility innovation ecosystems in line with a People-Oriented Transport and Mobility (POTM) approach. POTM encompasses a blend of new digital and social technologies under an inclusive and multidisciplinary approach in order to bring out solutions that have a low ecological footprint, a sharing mentality and the potential to solve real urban and peri-urban mobility issues.
MUV – Mobility Urban Values – levers behavioural change in local communities using an innovative approach to improve urban mobility: changing citizens’ habits through a game that mixes digital and physical experiences.
Rather than focus on costly and rapidly ageing urban infrastructures, MUV promotes a shift towards more sustainable and healthy mobility choices by engaging in a positive way local communities, local businesses, policymakers and Open Data enthusiasts.
MUV solutions will be open, co-created with a strong learning community of users and stakeholders, and piloted in a set of diverse urban neighbourhoods spread across Europe: Amsterdam (NL), Barcelona (ES), Fundao (PT), Ghent (BE), Helsinki (FI), Palermo (IT).
Mobility and environmental data gathered via the mobile app and the monitoring stations will allow policy makers to enhance planning processes and civic hackers to build new services able to improve cities’ quality of life in a more effective way.