The CREATE project

17 March 2016ContactDany Nguyen-Luong

IAU hosted a delegation from Skopje during two days (March 17-18) in the framework of a work shadowing visit at its headquarters. The exchanges mainly focused on how Paris and its region are tackling traffic congestion and moving towards a more sustainable mobility system. Our Skopje city partners expectations addressed Paris Region traffic and mobility planning, public transport organization and priority systems, travel and traffic information system, bicycle traffic planning and design and bicycle parking and share system, urban logistics and goods distribution, and eventually data collection and monitoring of Measures of effectiveness (MoE).

IAU experts made presentations on the institutional framework of Paris Region transport system and planning context, on the mobility and traffic data collection and applications, and specifically on the concept of mini roundabouts as a tool to improve road traffic efficiency and safety.
STIF (Ile-de-France’s Public Transport Organizing Authority) representative gave presentation of the Ile-de-France Mobility Plan (PDUIF), whereas the RATP Group representative targeted more specifically on trams and buses priority systems. The City of Paris was also invited to present urban logistics and goods distribution, the cycling planning policy and the Velib’ bike sharing system. The program included guided tours: a visit of the Bourdonnais Port (a best practice example of urban logistics in Paris), then a ride by Velib from our headquarters to an exhibition holding at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, and a technical visit to the Parcival road traffic management center of the Val de Marne department located in Rungis.

The delegation from Skopje at IAU headquarters
The delegation from Skopje at IAU headquarters
Visit of the Bourdonnais Port
Visit of the Bourdonnais Port
Paris cycling planning policy
Velib’ bike sharing system

CREATE is a 36 months research project (2015-2018) funded by the European Commission under Horizon2020. It addresses the challenging problems of dealing with car use faced by most cities in Europe and beyond. CREATE’s main objective is to reduce road congestion in European cities, by encouraging a switch from cars to more sustainable transport modes.
The project will explore historical patterns of urban road traffic and car use, identify success factors in encouraging modal shift and lessons learnt in Western European capital cities, and work with Eastern Europe and Euro-med city partners to assist them in developing sustainable strategies. It will also identify ways to deal with the consequences of future population growth and associated mobility densification, through new technologies, business models and social practices.

Cities with “pro-car” policies (Stage 1) are characterized by rapid urban economic growth linked to the growth of car ownership and use. © 2015 Eurocities
Cities that aspire to become “liveable cities” (Stage 3) by encouraging street activities, relocating road space to public transport, and promoting walking and cycling. © 2015 Eurocities
CREATE promotes knowledge transfer to stage 1 cities and supports them in short-circuiting this evolutionary process, to become more liveable and sustainable. © 2015 Eurocities

Most cities around the world are at different stages of an evolutionary transport policy development process. The project promotes knowledge transfer to stage 1 cities and supports them in short-circuiting this evolutionary process, to become more liveable and sustainable. Additionally, stage 3 cities will exchange among themselves and work together on future solutions to move towards a stage 4. The CREATE project will provide stakeholders with concrete tools which can be used by mobility practitioners:

  • Guidelines;
  • Developing effective and acceptable policies;
  • Peer-to-peer exchange;
  • Exploitation plans.
CREATE will explore historical patterns of urban road traffic and car use, identify success factors in encouraging modal shift and lessons learnt in Western European capital cities, and work with Eastern Europe and Euro-med city partners to assist them in developing sustainable strategies. © 2015 Eurocities

CREATE consortium gathers 18 partners including five Eastern European and Euro-Med cities currently in Stage 1 and five Western European cities in Stage 3 working with a wider network of EUROCITIES’ members:

CREATE kick off meeting in London on September 22, 2015. © 2015 Eurocities
CREATE steering committee meeting in Berlin. © 2015 Eurocities
CREATE study tour around London. © 2015 Eurocities