Innovative solutions sought for urban challenges

Climate-KIC’s Urban Challenges programme is seeking to support start-ups and established organisations working on innovative solutions, in order to accelerate the Italian cities of Ferrara and Trento’s transition to a low-carbon future.

Ferrara is seeking to attract innovative ideas, proposals and best practices to promote efficient and inclusive mobility, whilst achieving its heritage and environmental objects. More specifically, the city is seeking mobility solutions focused on public transport (roads and waterways) and cycling, to foster a truly integrated intermodal system that includes private car sharing and car-pooling systems.

This call is part of a framework of actions and policies in favour of sustainable and user-centric mobility in the city of Ferrara, the “city of bicycles”, where the use of bikes is amongst the highest in Europe. The Municipality of Ferrara is already working on defining objectives, strategies and priorities for its Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP), with the idea of putting people at the center of a new approach by implementing a fundamental shift from transport planning to sustainable urban mobility.

The challenge is, therefore, seeking solutions that address one or more of the following qualities:

  1. Monitoring systems for the accessibility and effective use of local public transport, with particular regard to people with reduced mobility;
  2. Incentive and reward systems to reward the use of local public transport or ‘Sweet Mobility’;
  3. Promote forms of urban pooling, in particular (but not limited to) business-to-business mobility, and with opportunities to integrate into an intermodal system of sustainable mobility;
  4. Urban-scale incentive solutions for home-school mobility forms, for school children, across the entire urban area.

More information and an application form can be found online here. Companies, individuals, associations can apply. The deadline for solution applications is on 1 December.

 

 
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