Mobilities are crucial for territorial integration and sustainability in growing urban areas, included Atlantic Cities, as it was pointed out at the Study on the Future of the Atlantic cities.
At the study some key elements were pointed out like urban accessibility, intermodality of transport to facilitate territory integration and connectivity, and sustainability towards sustainable mobility modes.
Connectivity (and even contactability) implies more than ever cleaner and better transport solutions in and between cities towards a sustainable development. Moreover, Atlantic Arc connectivity is fundamental for a harmonised territorial development. Therefore, Atlantic Cities defined a position paper on the future of the TEN-T policy aimed at improving Atlantic Arc connectivity under a multimodal and greener framework. Moreover, Atlantic Cities’ members are working in the development of greener mobility modes.
To this regard, some actions were revealed crucial such as boosting collaboration between research centers in terms of innovative mobilities, ensuring sustainable communication modes and encourage renewable energies in nautical transport such as hydrogen.
In particular, the Urban Agglomeration of Cotentin is working in new energies modes for urban transport such as the hydrogen, the city of Rennes is focused on multimodality through the programme Inout, and Gipuzkoa is creating synergies through the International Fair on “Go mobility”.
These actions are in line with the current work Atlantic Cities is undertaking through the EURE project, focused in energy efficiency savings and carbon footprint reduction in urban areas, a decisive element towards sustainable transport development within the Atlantic Arc.
Moreover, our city members of Brest, La Rochelle, Rennes, Cork, Faro, San Sebastián and Gijón are highly involved in urban transport sustainable innovation solutions by being part of the CIVITAS network. In fact, CIVITAS is a network of cities addressed to achieve innovative solutions for cleaner and better transport in Europe and beyond.
Therefore, Atlantic Cities network as well as our cities are running projects promoting the transition to clean mobility options. For instance, Gijon is leading the project “Card4All” addressed to connect cities, citizens and services and at which urban mobility and sustainable living are promoted. Atlantic Cities also took part at the ANATOLE project – Atlantic Network’s Abilities for Towns to Organize Local Economy – aimed at boosting short delivery systems and thus organising logistics and avoiding last kilometre’s issues.
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