SUITS Kick-off meeting

How can research contribute to increase the capacity of local authorities to develop and implement sustainable, inclusive, integrated and accessible transport strategies, policies, technologies, practices, procedures, tools, measures and intelligent transport systems that recognize the end-to-end travel experiences of all users and freight?  SIGNOSIS is a core partner in the SUITS consortium, which was granted 4,1 million Euros in the context of the HORIZON 2020 program in order to provide relevant know how, tools and methods, which meet the requirements of smaller European cities to increase their capacity to plan, finance and implement sustainable transport measures and create new business opportunities.

SUITS stands for Supporting Urban Integrated Transport Systems and with a consortium led by Coventry University and including research institutes, consultants and nine committed cities that span Europe, the project will develop practical and replicable tools and methods in relation to:

  1. Cultural and behaviour change from a socio-technical, perspective at individual, organizational and institutional level;
  2. The collection and use of real-time, open source and legacy data to inform urban mobility plans;
  3. The ability of local authorities to address the requirements of vulnerable and hard to reach groups and those not using sustainable modes of transport and resisting change (such as car drivers);
  4. The integration of freight and passenger information and measures;
  5. Increasing the appreciation of the wider benefits of sustainable transport to citizens and cities (e.g. in terms of public health and infrastructure investment) by all stakeholders in the transport ecosystems
  6. Sustainable and innovative financing for new transport measures;
  7. Compliance with new procurement directives;
  8. Development of appropriate evaluation methods and tools for sustainable transport and mobility needs.

SUITS has officially started on 1st December 2016 and will run for a period of 4 years. The kick-off meeting was held in Berlin on 15 and 16 December and was attended by a multidisciplinary research team of 22 European institutes, representing 11 EU countries.