ARCHIMEDES is an integrating project, bringing together 6 European cities to address problems and opportunities for creating environmentally sustainable, safe and energy efficient transport systems in medium sized urban areas.
The objective of ARCHIMEDES is to introduce innovative, integrated and ambitious strategies for clean, energy-efficient, sustainable urban transport to achieve significant impacts in the policy fields of energy, transport, and environmental sustainability.
An ambitious blend of policy tools and measures will increase energy-efficiency in transport, provide safer and more convenient travel for all, using a higher share of clean engine technology and fuels, resulting in an enhanced urban environment (including reduced noise and air pollution). Visible and measurable impacts will result from significantly sized measures in specific innovation areas. Demonstrations of innovative transport technologies, policy measures and partnership working, combined with targeted research, will verify the best frameworks, processes and packaging required to successfully transfer the strategies to other cities. Two learning cities will participate fully in the decision making and organisational structure. New member state representation is assured with one Lead City and one Learning City.
A strong educational objective will be realised with training and learning actions within the consortium, and via promotion, training events and educational exchanges between students, citizens and stakeholders in the project innovation areas. Dissemination of results and the focus on exploitation activities will impact well beyond the innovation area itself, providing lessons for citizens, practitioners and policy makers. The result will be a greater acceptance for new tools, services and technologies and the objectives that lie behind them.
The implementation of an ambitious set of activities that will increase energy efficiencyof the cities’ transport systems, and provide safer and more convenient transport for all, is the overall aim of ARCHIMEDES. The project contributes towards better road safety, a greater share of bio-fuels and other alternative fuels, as well as a reduction in CO2 emissions.ARCHIMEDES helps to improve efficiency and effectiveness of urban transport and increase the modal share of sustainable modes. As a result, citizens will benefit from anenhanced urban environment with less noise and air pollution. The project’s focus on education and the dissemination of results will give ARCHIMEDES an impact well beyond the participating cities. Results will be disseminated to promote continuous improvement of sustainable transport policies from the local to the global level. ARCHIMEDES will reach out to public authorities to advise on scheme strategy design, implementation and funding. The partners will share skills and knowledge with education and research communities; and provide products, systems and services to companies. They will also pass on policy advice and expertise concerning assessment and management to commercial consultants. Reaching out to these groups will contribute to greater acceptance of new tools, services and technologies. As a consequence, ARCHIMEDES aspires to drive behaviour change, and a take-off of energy saving and cleaner modes in urban transport.
A hallmark of ARCHIMEDES is education. The cities will tap into their existingnetworks to train and educate students, citizens and practitioners. They anticipate that awareness and understanding will generate greater acceptance of new tools, servicesand technologies, which will in turn make urban transport more sustainable. At the sametime, the ARCHIMEDES partners are keen to learn from each other. They want to exploit opportunities to exchange knowledge and provide training sessions and technical seminarson different themes tested in the project. Robust evaluation and the large-scale natureof the project will make impacts visible, measurable and promote the take-up of an integrated package of innovative measures.
An efficient and integrated mobility system
The results of this project have been implemented