Climate change, pollution peaks, traffic jams, public health issues... The alpine dynamism and attractiveness are strained. Urban sprawl and the residential development generate car dependence for households living outside urban cores where few alternatives are available. The average size of agglomerations, the relative isolation of some of them from structuring transport networks, and isolated low density territories favor mobility behaviors towards the individual car.
The ASTUS project (Alpine Smart Transport and Urbanism Strategies) aims to help local authorities to identify and implement long term alternative mobility solutions for inhabitants, using both transports and spatial planning levers. The main objective of the project is to reduce in a long term perspective the carbon impacts and atmospheric pollution linked to daily trips in the Alps.
ASTUS assists local authorities in identifying and adopting an adequate local low carbon strategy and action plan, in order to foster long term low carbon options. By working on five different regions as a sample, project partners will define transnational solutions, as ASTUS will cover smart options from a sustainable perspective fitting to different alpine territorial types.