ASTUTE is a three year project, part of the Intelligent Energy for Europe's (IEE) STEER Programme. Its aim is to increase the number of walking and cycling journeys in Urban Areas.
Increasing the percentage of travel undertaken by walking or cycling is a clear way to reduce Co2 emissions. Working in six urban areas - Budapest, Dublin, Granada, Graz, London and Siracusa - and focusing on behavioural change through the use of 'soft measures' (education, training and publicity), ASTUTE overcame the organisational barriers that prevented an increase in the use of walking and cycling in European cities. This was achieved across a variety of policy and decision-making systems, through the provision and use of practical solutions in both the public and private sectors. In addition, measures were piloted in the private sector through the development of Workplace Travel Plans (Mobility Plans).
The ASTUTE project:
- Identified the 10 barriers to walking & cycling
- Developed the ASTUTE Toolkit of best practice to overcome them
- Used the methodology to implement actions in municipalities and workplaces including:
- Bike training for children
- Innovative walking maps
- New awareness-raising techniques
- Events and competitions
- Trained 5 ASTUTE Agents to disseminate the mobility management best practice in New Member States
Set up dozens of new Travel Plans (Mobility Plans) for organisations and reduced Co2 emissions accordingly.
ASTUTE was a three-year project, funded by the European Commission, Intelligent Energy Executive Agency (IEEA) 2006-9. The ASTUTE project was made up of partner organisations based in 6 European partner cities. Ultimately, ASTUTE aimed to identify, understand and overcome the barriers that prevent increasing the use of sustainable, environmentally friendly and energy efficient modes transport such as walking or cycling throughout Europe.
The partners have overcome these barriers with the use of the ASTUTE Toolkit which is available on this website. It comprises over 100 Best Practice examples from across Europe of how public and private sector organisations have effectively increased walking and cycling.
For further information about ASTUTE, contact an ASTUTE representative by email at email@example.com