The SUM project was present at the Urban Mobility Days in Sevilla from October 4 to 6. Inria‘s Luce Brotcorne presented SUM during the “Project Pitches” session. The concept was simple, one minute and with just one slide. This was enough for our partner to showcase the importance and relevance of our project to change and improve urban mobility for European cities.
The SUM project is an ambitious initiative targeting the transformation of urban mobility in 15 European cities by 2026, expanding to 30 by 2030. Its core goal is to integrate new shared mobility modes (NSM) with public transport, focusing on aspects like innovation, interconnectivity, environmental sustainability, safety, resilience, and replicability. The project encompasses several specific objectives: enhancing NSM’s operational competitiveness against private cars, boosting NSM usage by 25%, and ensuring financial viability and seamless integration with public transport. It also involves improving NSM infrastructure for increased acceptance and safety, which includes redesigning transport infrastructure in collaboration with cities, citizens, and service providers. The project evaluates the effectiveness of various interventions in increasing NSM usage, using an open data platform and a standardized impact evaluation framework. Additionally, it emphasizes providing policy recommendations and guidance for integrating NSM into Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans. Active communication and dissemination of results and ensuring the economic and financial sustainability of the outcomes through business models and strategic plans are also key aspects of the project. This comprehensive approach aims to create a more interconnected, sustainable, and efficient urban transport landscape in Europe.
This event was also a chance to meet others working on similar projects under the CIVITAS Initiative. People involved in CIVITAS projects, along with policymakers, city workers, researchers, NGOs, and transport experts from all over Europe, came together to share ideas and solutions for sustainable travel. The gathering included sessions like ‘Meet the CIVITAS Community’ and the AGORA sessions, where ready-to-use solutions from CIVITAS projects were shown off.
The Urban Mobility Days in Sevilla not only highlighted the innovative efforts of the SUM project but also fostered a collaborative environment for advancing sustainable urban mobility solutions across Europe.