CREATE conference on Transport challenges in large capital citiesTransport challenges in large capital cities : car reduction and sustainable transport strategies in Europe and the Euro-Med region.
How to reduce road congestion in large cities in Europe and the Euro-Med? How to encourage a switch from cars to more sustainable transport modes ? Historically, rapid urban growth has led to a growth in car ownership and use, and consequential increases in urban road traffic levels. These increases, in turn, are associated with a range of negative impacts, including traffic congestion, traffic accidents, social exclusion and dangerous levels of air and noise pollution.
Recently, some European cities (Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Paris, Vienna) appear to have been successful in decoupling economic growth from traffic growth – and in the process have been able to offer urban living environments that are cleaner and less congested, while maintaining increases in living standards.
To answer this fundamental question, the CREATE project brings together a team of international analysts in order to explores historical patterns of urban road traffic and car use, identify success factors in encouraging modal shift and lessons learnt in Western European capital cities, and work with Eastern Europe and Euro-med city partners (Adana, Amman, Bucharest, Skopje and Tallinn) to assist them in developing sustainable strategies