Project Summary, Objectives and Expected Impacts
SPROUT stands for Sustainable Policy RespOnse to Urban mobility Transition. The project kicked off in September 2019 and will be running for three years
The project consortium is led by the Zaragoza Logistics Center and brings together 29 partners from 15 countries including local and regional authorities, international organisations, transport authorities, and research institutes.
The rapidly changing urban mobility environment – characterised by emerging business models, new technologies, and disruptive innovations – represents a considerable challenge for urban mobility policy making. Previously tested urban mobility policy responses are not adequate to address the transition underway and to address today’s societal challenges and issues related to citizens’ everyday lives and businesses’ requirements.
It is in this complex scenario that the SPROUT project comes into action.
SPROUT is a project of real-life implementations, driven by six pilot cities backed by a robust academic support. The pilot cities will be testing different urban mobility solutions from which the project will create un understanding of the current state of urban mobility and of the main drivers of future change. The cities will look at likely impacts and operational feasibility, identify areas where policy interventions, such as revised regulations, will be needed and what policy response alternatives there are, and then test and validate the pilot solutions and assess their financial, environmental and social impacts.
The overall objective is not just to prove out particular mobility solutions, but to create real improvements in the capacity of cities worldwide to think through their current and future mobility issues and build policy-making capacity at urban, national and international level.
The SPROUT Project has five main objectives:
- Understand the transition in urban mobility, by quantifying the current status and defining the main drivers of the transition
- Foresee and identify the impact of the drivers of urban mobility transition on cities’ policies and measures for urban mobility
- Formulate a city-led innovative policy response, which can be applied widely to cities in Europe and beyond
- Provide tools to contribute to an evidence-based policy-making and enhance local policy making capacity
- Navigate future policy by channelling project results into future EU policy initiatives