Our 2-year project kicked off with a successful IMPACTS-SUMITS Conference in Vienna on 16-17 May 2013 attended
by city representatives and transport planning students from Warsaw.
Each year we will take a fresh
look at sustainable urban mobility issues and transport solutions that affect citizens in our cities. In
2013 the event addressed the theme of "Redistribution of Public Space"
with topics discussed covering new developments in sectors like cycling and walking as well as general sustainable urban
focus on urban transport issues city representative again met in 14-16 May 2014 at a conference addressing “Managing Demand for Better Mobility in Cities” hosted by the city of
amongst city leaders
Maria Vassilakou, Vice Mayor of Vienna responsible for Transport, Energy and Climate Protection expressed her pleasure about
the chosen subject which she considers of "extreme importance if we want to achieve the climate and energy
goals of the European Union." She went on to say "in Vienna it is our goal to promote cycling and walking due to its potential for addressing several interrelated challenges
including traffic, air quality, creating a sense of community, and public health. Non-motorized transportation infrastructure
can also provide economic benefits to the community."
Johan Nyhus Deputy Mayor of Gothenburg responsible for Urban Transport in the city echoed the comments
of Mayor Vassilakou on the SUMITS conferences saying how happy he was that "continuity of debate was occurring on
important issues that surround the climate and energy goals of the European Union". In particular,
he noted that "Gothenburg has had congestion charges for over a year, which has been effective in significantly increasing
travel by public transport and cycling and reducing the number of car journey" adding that the "recently
adopted new Transport Strategy outlines the itinerary for work towards a future sustainable urban mobility" and
"he looked forward to discussing the challenges that arise when a sustainable urban mobility
planning approach is being implemented."
Morten Kabell, Deputy Mayor of Copenhagen and President of IMPACTS invited
delegates to our final gathering under the SUMITS project, which took place in Copenhagen 25-27 March 2015. The event stimulated animated discussion around the theme of 'Active
Livability for Health and Environment Benefits'