The London European Partnership for Transport (LEPT) brings together London boroughs and European cities to share knowledge and best practice in the field of urban transport and mobility. By working in partnership, we access European funding to tackle common challenges and develop solutions much quicker than if working alone, providing better value to London.
LEPT’s work furthers the objectives of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy as well as borough local priorities. LEPT’s policy areas include encouraging increased cycling and walking; promoting alternative fuel vehicles; travel planning in schools and workplaces; the health aspects of transport; road safety; and the urban realm. Monitoring and evaluation are important parts of the delivery process, encompassing modal shift and the resulting environmental and health benefits.
LEPT has a track record in successfully bidding for and delivering EU-funded projects in the field or sustainable urban transport, supporting local and regional strategies.
Transport issues/ challenges in London
London has a population of more than 8 million, and by 2031 there will be an estimated 1.25 million more people and over 750,000 new jobs in the capital. The growth of London will lead to more trips, up from 24 million per day within London to more than 27 million in 2031.
The Mayor’s Transport Strategy contains measures to encourage a shift away from the private car, to smooth traffic flow, to invest substantially in cycling infrastructure and improve the urban realm to make walking more attractive. Together, this will help the environment and reduce congestion.
The PTP-Cycle project supports these objectives by delivering a shift towards cycling, and other sustainable modes, in the London Borough of Haringey and the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
The provision of reliable and efficient transport, with the capacity and connectivity to accommodate this growth sustainably, is crucial to the continued success of the London and UK economies.
A package of investment in London’s transport infrastructure is being delivered aiming to increase public transport capacity in the three-hour morning peak by over 30 per cent in the period 2006 to 2031. It will also ease crowding on some parts of the rail and Tube network, but other areas will continue to be crowded as a result of the projected growth in population and employment.
Parts of London suffer from poor air quality and climate change is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. It is also important to improve the accessibility of the transport system and the safety and security of people using it, and to ensure that journeys are as comfortable as possible.
Burgos is a medium-sized city (180,000 inhabitants) located in the north of Spain. Since 2005 the city has worked hard in order to increase the number of cyclists by providing new cycling facilities, a bicycle loan system as well as multiple marketing and dissemination activities. Currently Burgos is the Spanish city with the second highest use of bicycles for daily commuting trips. Having had only 0.03% of the population using their bikes in 2004, journeys by bike are now up to nearly 4%. Burgos is participating in several projects, including CiViTAS, Niches + and CHAMP. The City Council of Burgos is a partner in PTP-Cycle in collaboration with CiViNET Spain and Portugal Association.
Transport issues/ challenges in Burgos
Burgos has qualified staff working in the city council to specifically improve cycling conditions, build political support for cycling and convene monthly meetings between the mobility team and all main stakeholders concerned in the city. Burgos was one of the first Spanish cities to implement a Mobility Office providing tailored information on cycling. PTP-Cycle will bring an innovative way of approaching the target members of the public to Burgos. Up until now, no other Spanish city has developed a similar programme.
PTP-Cycle is being implemented in a residential area developed in the 1990s and now housing 10,000 inhabitants living in high-rise apartments. They are mainly couples in their 40s and 50s, with grown-up children and teenagers. The area is around 2 km away from the city centre. Cycling infrastructure in the areas is considered very good but under-used. The target audience showed in the past a high level of public participation in communal projects and the district is very lively, hosting several neighborhood associations. As such it is well suited to a residential PTP programme.
Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia (UIRS) is the central Slovenian research organisation in the field of spatial planning and related disciplines. Within the broad framework of urban, regional and spatial planning themes UIRS is intensively working on sustainable urban transport plans, integration of planning and mobility as well as mobility management. UIRS has worked on a number of national and European projects related to these topics, mostly within 7th Framework Programme and Intelligent Energy Europe. UIRS is an implementation partner in PTP-Cycle.
Transport issues/ challenges in Ljubljana
Ljubljana has found itself at a crossroads. A series of measures have been implemented representing important steps towards sustainable transport solutions, but at the same time, a large proportion of resources are still dedicated to road infrastructure. With the exception of the city core, transport planning is still too focused on increasing transport infrastructure capacity. As such, there is much scope to improve the quality of life: As long as road building continues to receive so much attention, people will spend too much time travelling, spend more money on mobility, and waste more time in traffic congestion.
PTP-Cycle methodology will be tailored to two important focus groups living and working in the city: student residences and workplaces. According to preliminary analysis, university students are open to changes in their travel habits, but often choose the car for their daily trips for its convenience. Such behaviour has increased dramatically over the last 10-15 years. Target workplaces belong to four different faculties on campus. In 2011 a travel plan was developed for one of the faculties. Employees on campus belong to several groups with specific needs and travel habits: part-time and full-time academic staff, faculty administration, technical support and employees working in supporting facilities.
Dr. Luka Mladenovič is a researcher in urban design and spatial planning. He is active in the fields of regional and local spatial planning with a special focus on transport in urban areas. He is responsible for the local implementation of the PTP-Cycle project.
Dr. Aljaž Plevnik is a researcher in urban and transport planning. He is active in the fields of transport and spatial planning, with a special focus on the integration of both urban transport planning and mobility management strategies.
Mojca Balant is a researcher and designer in landscape architecture. She is active in the fields of spatial planning and urban landscape design.
Antwerp is the largest municipality in Belgium with 512,000 inhabitants and 9 districts. There are approximately 250,000 jobs in Antwerp (industry, services and trade), and 60,000 jobs in the Port of Antwerp. During the morning rush hour, there are an average of 48,685 inward journeys compared to 25,820 outward journeys, and 98,303 journeys within the city.
As an implementation partner, Antwerp will focus on different implementation sites: workplaces (in the city centre), households (starting with the district of Ekeren) and universities.
The City of Antwerp in general and the department of Mobility in particular is a partner in the PTP-Cycle project. The department of Mobility is a part of the companyunit Urban Development, next to other company units such as Spatial Planning.
Transport issues/challenges in Antwerp
Regarding mobility, Antwerp has four main challenges:
Population growth –Antwerp has approximately 500,000 inhabitants. Before 2030, Antwerp expects a growth of 100,000 more inhabitants. This will lead to many urban challenges, such as mobility.
Radial public transport and ‘network city’ – Antwerp already has a wide network of public transport modes (train, tram, buses) and will invest more in public transport in future. Moreover, better connections by tram and bus must lead to a more accessible city and city centre.
Antwerp and the surrounding region – With the goal of access and proximity, Antwerp works hard on multimodality. This means that the mobility policy in Antwerp will incorporate different mobility modes (such as walking, cycling, public transport, car sharing, private car use). The goal is that every city journey is done in the most fluent, efficient and smart way.
Antwerp as a ‘Construction City’ – The next few years will witness a lot of major infrastructure work in Antwerp. Whilst this will lead to better and cleaner infrastructure and transport services, the interim period will see serious disruption to many major routes, and this impact will need to be managed in a smart way.
These four main challenges bring the following three main goals together:
Road safety – Antwerp has the target to reduce the amount of traffic accidents. This sits within the context of ‘Zero’ Vision.
Maximize traffic fluency and accessibility – Not only during road infrastructure works, but also in regular conditions, Antwerp wants to be as accessible as possible in all conditions.
Sustainable modal split of 50/50 by 2020 – In 2020 Antwerp wants to reach a modal split of 50% of all journeys in a sustainable way.
Steven Windey. Since 2009 Steven has worked for the City of Antwerp as an officer about awareness raising. First of all, he was project leader in health promotion in the unit of Local Social Policy. Since the beginning of 2013 he has worked for the unit of Mobility on raising awareness about sustainable mobility. He is project leader of the European project PTP-Cycle and co-worker of other projects on sustainable mobility.
David Van Proeyen. Working for the Sports Federation of the Friends of Nature, David gained experience in promoting cycling as a leisure activity. Between 2005 and 2011 he worked for the Flemish Union of Daily Cyclists Fietsersbond (member of ECF, European Cyclists’ Federation) – the main body for protecting the interests of cyclists in Flanders. Here, he was the coordinator of the division of Education & Prevention. In 2011 he joined the City of Antwerp (department of Mobility) as a mobility planner and project leader of awareness raising strategies on sustainable mobility.
Karin Dries. Since 2001 Karin works for the City of Antwerp as a Practitioner in Mobility. She is project leader of the Company Mobility Plan for its own Den Bell building. She also works on event mobility management and overall mobility aspects of two districts of Antwerp.
Marijke De Roeck. Up until 2002 Marijke worked at the University of Antwerp where she developed post-academic courses and training programmes on direct marketing in the public sector. In 2003 she joined the City of Antwerp as a strategic planner and market researcher. Today she co-ordinates the marketing and communication of the mobility projects, listed in the Masterplan 2020, which aim for a 50% sustainable modal share in the Antwerp region by 2020.
Leila Kandil (Elke Van de Mosselaer).Up until 2010 Leila worked at the federal public service where she informed citizens on future train infrastructure projects. In 2010 she joined the City of Antwerp as Communication Coordinator of the European Youth Capital Antwerp project 2011. Today she co-ordinates the information and participation processes of the mobility projects contained in the Masterplan 2020.
The Riga City Council Traffic Department (RCC TD) is a legal entity within Riga City Council. The main functions of RCC TD are the provision of public transport services in Riga, the development of traffic infrastructure and organisation of street maintenance.
Transport issues/challenges in Riga
Over the last 20 years, Riga has significantly improved its public transport services. As of 1998, it has been renewing its public transport stock, including all buses and a proportion of the trolleybuses. Additionally, low floor trams were introduced in 2010. More and more attention is given to the development of cycling infrastructure: the total length of cycle routes in Riga is 44 km. During the last 5 years, Riga has also focussed on introducing bicycle parking and in 2013, cycle lanes were introduced in the city centre. These measures have resulted in a significant change in modal share for cycling. In 2012, 12.3% of the population used a bicycle more than once a week compared with only 3% in 2006.
Olita Sproge, RCC TD International Project Manager. Olita is an experienced coordinator of EU funded projects, in particular with a cycling objective and has been a member of working groups for concept developments on traffic and environmental issues. She is in charge of the local delivery of the PTP-Cycle project.
Ilze Dišlere, RCC TD Project Manager on communication issues and member of the PTP-Cycle project implementation group. Ilze has a background in public relations and work with mass media.
Polis has been a platform for dialogue and cooperation on current transport issues for cities and regions around Europe since 1989. It currently represents almost 70 cities, regions and transport operators from 18 European countries. The Network is and has been involved in numerous EU projects on urban transport and mobility. More particularly within the field of cycling, POLIS was partner in the PRESTO project and is the leading dissemination partner in the CHAMP project.
Florinda Boschetti holds a Ph.D in urban planning and promotion of soft modes of transportation. She joined Polis in early 2012 as project manager and is delivering several EU projects including the communication elements of the PTP-Cycle project. She also coordinates the Polis Working Group on transport, environment and health. Prior to joining Polis, Florinda worked at the European Cyclists’ Federation as dissemination manager for EU’s PRESTO cycling project and was responsible for the organisation of training workshops and training material targeting city officials and stakeholders. She has extensive experience in cycling policies and planning liveable cities.
Traject is a consulting office specialised in mobility management, based in Brussels and Ghent. Traject stands for a user-oriented approach to transport and mobility. Since 1992, we have advised public authorities and private companies to realise change in mobility patterns and improve accessibility. More than mobility or traffic specialists, we call ourselves “change managers”. Traject has developed bicycle strategies for different Belgian cities, coordinated several awareness raising campaigns and is involved in different European projects in the field of sustainable mobility such as www.champ-cycling.eu and www.eu-advance.eu.
Kristof Devriendt is a civil engineer and graduated as a spatial planner 1999. He has 14 years of experience as mobility expert and was involved in several mobility planning processes for cities and regions. During the last years Kristof was project manager of “Mobiliteitsvisie 2020”, a strategic long term vision on the public transport system in Flanders, and worked as adviser in major infrastructure projects as a traffic engineer. Currently he is assisting the city of Ghent in the development of their new strategic parking policy for 2020. On the European level Kristof supported the city of Ghent as auditor in the QUEST-project. He is managing the delivery of the evaluation and monitoring elements of the PTP-Cycle project.
Vincent Meerschaert has more than 15 years of experience in mobility management projects on national and international level. Currently Vincent is coordinating the EU project CHAMP on successful urban cycling strategies. Vincent is also assisting the cities of Ghent and Antwerp in their mobility strategy and actions. Both cities have a high level of cycling modal share but are willing to further increase this number. Vincent is lecturer on “awareness raising strategies on mobility” at University College Ghent and a respected speaker at national and international events. For Vincent there are two kinds of people: those who discovered the pleasure of cycling and those who still have too. Vincent supports the delivery evaluation elements of the PTP-Cycle project.
Sustrans is the charity that’s enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys made every day. Their work makes it possible for people to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys, with better places and spaces to move through and live in.
Sustrans has been delivering PTP projects for more than ten years. On the evidence of past PTP initiatives there is very strong evidence that a shift away from car use will be made possible thanks to the uptake of cycling, and also potentially walking: the Travelsmart programme delivered by Sustrans in the UK has seen household PTPs lead to an average cycling increase of 41%.
James Cleeton previously worked for the Soil Association’s Food for Life Partnership (FFLP) overseeing and developing the FFLP awards scheme to drive behaviour change in communities across England. James is responsible for co-ordinating all of Sustrans’ work promoting sustainable travel in community settings across the UK. He supports local staff in the management and delivery of community projects across London and the UK.
Neil Smith, since 2005 he has managed a number of large-scale PTP projects, targeting a combined total of over 100,000 households, working with local authorities, transport operators and other partners to develop and deliver the UK’s most successful household travel behaviour change campaigns. Projects managed by Neil include PTP schemes in Watford, Exeter and Lowestoft, each targeting 25,000 households. A contact rate of more than 80% was achieved in all cases, reductions in car-as-driver trips of 12-13% and increases in cycling