Partnerships and cooperation for sustainable mobility
The European Platform on Mobility Management (EPOMM) has dedicated their November e-update to three different kinds of cooperation within the field of sustainable mobility. From partnerships between neighbors and local governments to public private partnerships on the European level - teamwork in the broadest sense is the way to go to advance the mobility offers of the future.
On the local level, neighborhoods become more aware of environmental issues concerning transit and are looking for solutions that suit their specific needs. Examples from Belgium and the Netherlands include school and business travel plans and the organization of neighborhood bike parking. Many of these offers were created following collaborations between varieties of actors. Car sharing is an example for collaborations between public authorities and the private sector. In the ideal case, these different ventures complement each other and offer an integrated network of sustainable ways to get around.
The second method of cooperation within sustainable mobility is crowdfunding. EPOMM presents different examples of communities of different sizes that changed their environment through this low-threshold way of financing. Many of the projects combine both urban and mobility planning and help building community and identity through collaboration. Former top-down development processes are supplemented with initiatives working from the bottom up. They usually include a bigger part of the society in the design of their environment and make complex procedures more accessible.
Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) are the third topic the newsletter touches on. In comparison to crowdfunding, those have the largest scale by far. The World Bank, the European Commission and the European Agency for Statistics, eurostat, published papers on this way of financing large infrastructure projects. The three institutions go into details about the advantages, but also the risks of this “trendy way to finance transport projects”.
The full EPOMM November 2017 e-update including links to studies, publications and future events can be found here.