CIVITAS FastTrack helps local authorities across Europe to accelerate the development of sustainable mobility innovations. The project addresses challenges in the field of knowledge, capacity, governance, data, evidence and funding. By sharing insights from this process, stakeholders around the world can benefit from it.
Speeding up the roll-out of sustainable mobility innovations
Local authorities across Europe are motivated to take action to foster and stimulate sustainable change in the mobility and transport sector. However, it is not always easy for them to keep pace with insights regarding what works, where, why, and how to transform innovations into useful, reliable and easy deployable mobility solutions. Moreover, what is innovative in one local area may already be well-established in another. This is where FastTrack comes in.
FastTrack involves 20 Affiliates, who are local authorities, as well as 4 Ambassadors, which are Stockholm, Antwerp, Budapest and Bologna. Together they are engaged in a FastTrack learning community. In order to meet their needs and requests, and to provide them with tailored expertise, consultation, support and advice, FastTrack offers a set of tools and methods.By the end of the project, the Local Affiliates will have developed sustainable mobility “Innovation Deployment Plans” to ensure that those innovations are implemented smoothly and quickly.
Capacity building in topical clusters
The mobility innovations covered in the project all fit in one or more of the following themes:
- Urban logistics and clean fuels
- Cycling in the urban and functional area
- Integrated multi-modal mobility solutions
- Traffic and demand management
Bringing in external expertise
CIVITAS FastTrack brings together this community of local authorities with a wider network of external experts and solution providers to overcome barriers.
A Supplier Registry, for example, supports the fast roll-out of innovative sustainable mobility solutions by serving as a reference to match local authorities with suppliers that have solutions for them. It enables FastTrack and its partners to organise networking events and exchange activities that bring local authorities together with suitable solutions providers. Furthermore, the Supplier Registry helps to facilitate the process of claiming funding via the FastTrack Fund, which provides limited financial support for springboard studies or for the organisation of further in-depth exchange activities. Additionally, an Advisory Group has been put in place to accompany project implementation, and provide advice and recommendations.