TIDE will make a range of new and feasible solutions easily accessible to address key challenges of urban transport such as energy efficiency, decarbonisation, demographic change, safety, access for all and new economic and financial conditions.
The mission of the TIDE project will be to enhance the broad transfer and take-up of 15 innovative urban transport and mobility concepts throughout Europe and to make a visible contribution to establish them as mainstream measures.
The 15 innovative concepts are classified in five thematic clusters(in brackets: Cluster leading Cities/ Thematic Support Partners):
- Financing models and pricing measures (Milan/ WSP)
- Non-motorised transport (Donostia San-Sebastián/ Rupprecht Consult)
- Network and traffic management to support traveller information (Reading/ TRG Southhampton)
- Electric vehicles (Rotterdam/ Fraunhofer)
- Public transport organisation (BKK Budapest/ Uni Gdansk)
The project will provide a strong approach in methodology, content and outreach. The needs of practitioners in European cities and regions will be a guiding principle. A particular focus will also be on providing guidance for finding cost-efficient solutions (cost-benefit analysis).
The specific goals of the project are:
- To stimulate broad discussion and exchange about transport innovations in five thematic fields,
- To build up a network of experts and take-up candidates for 15 Innovative Concepts,
- To refine existing transferability methodologies and integrate them into an easy to use transferability tool for cities and regions, To provide guidance on how to successfully implement the Innovative Concepts to practitioners in cities and regions,
- To work with cities on implementation scenarios and practical take-up (in some cities timing allows real implementation),
- To encourage the decision on implementing promising innovations via training and exchange events,
- To foster discussion on European level on stimulating framework conditions in policy and research for urban transport innovation,
- To raise awareness of the need for integrated approaches and SUMP,
- To contribute to a better understanding of the costs and benefits as well as the impact of urban transport innovations.
An EU project is helping European cities adopt and implement previous innovations in transportation technologies. Addressing 15 concepts and 10 cities to start with, the work will yield practical handbooks and training programmes.
Substantial European investment in innovative transportation technologies has yielded numerous new concepts ready for general implementation. The EU-funded project 'Transport innovation deployment for Europe' (http://www.tide-innovation.eu (TIDE)) aims to facilitate the transfer and uptake of the concepts.
The undertaking focuses on a set of 15 urban transportation and mobility concepts that address key challenges of urban transportation. Highlights include energy efficiency, carbon scrubbing and safety. The list is grouped into five themes: financial models, non-motorised transportation, network management, electric vehicles and public transportation organisation. The project plans to refine existing transfer methodologies, and to integrate them into a handbook.
A further goal is overcoming barriers to implementation, to be accomplished via training and exchange events, plus other learning resources. The 13-member TIDE project began in 2012 and will conclude in September 2015.
Work began with selection of the concepts most promising for project activities. The team canvassed opinions, and 324 individuals in 27 countries contributed. Ten innovations were chosen. For these, the team developed and published implementation guidelines and a transferability methodology. Participants at an expert workshop assessed the results. The method was subsequently released as a handbook, and similar handbooks address potential impact and costs and benefits.
The project issued an open call for proposals, leading to the selection of 10 cities interested in developing certain shortlisted innovations. Work established the foundations for subsequent development of implementation scenarios, based on local conditions. TIDE researchers advised the cities about costs and benefits as well as impact issues.
Team members selected 50 cities for potential training. After assessing the needs of each, the project developed a training programme.
TIDE will smooth and simplify the uptake of key innovative urban transportation technologies. Concrete roadmaps have been prepared for 10 European cities, and 50 more will receive training in use of the TIDE methodologies.