Alpine Smart Transport and Urbanism Strategies

Over 90 participants to the first public event of the project!

ASTUS launching conference was organized on February 22th 2017 at the premisses of the Auvergne-Rhone-Alps Region in Lyon (FR). 

All the project partners, part of the observers and pilot sites coming from Slovenia, Austria, Germany and France have participated! The target group of the event was the local public authorities. The idea was not to focus so much on the project itself but on the topic of car dependance in mountainous and rural alpine areas.

After the political welcome and introduction done by the regional Vice-president to cross borders affairs, Etienne BLANC, we openned the session with a round table on the following topic: The reduction of carbon emissions due to houselholds mobility trips in the Alps.

Thanks to a discussion between Nathalie MORELLE from the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention and Patrick SKONIEZKI from the European Region Tyrol – South Tyrol – Trentino (AT/IT) (leader of the EUSALP action group n°4), we learnt about their respective vision of the mobility issues at the macro regional level. What have already been done, tested, what works or not, where to emphasize, how their institution can be a good tool for improving the current situation etc.

As a second step, selected representatives from ASTUS pilot sites have then presented their own experiences and approaches to tackle the mobility issues in their territories. Some of them focused their contribution on transport solutions even if they do not have any transport competencies as a legal background (Regional Nature Park of Bauges - France). Others chose to focus on spatial planning levers (the Cities of Neubiberg and Munich - Germany). These two pilot areas take up the challenge of density and rehabilitation for having a positive impacts on household’s mobility. They also think about mixing generations in housing projects. It was very interesting to see how the solution proposed is sometime not the mobility mode itself but a planning and housing one (interrelation). 

The City of Novo Mesto in Slovenia shared with us their approach dealing on integrating the mobility needs of inhabitants from the very beginning of policies development/transport offer. Not in a top down approach of the transport offer but in a custom-made process as the bottom up approach would propose. Pongau Association from Austria has concluded the testimonies from ASTUS pilote sites by saying that, in the future, the combination of regional traffic planning and spatial planning will be of course crucial for the rural alpine area. Currently, mobility concepts include bus and train planning, but rarely other types of mobility as cycling, walking, e-carsharing and others.  Maybe it is not about finding THE fitting solution disconnected from others, but having an integrated approach using both spatial planning and transport levers to propose solutions. Also, a lot of solutions for low CO2 mobility are proposed by other initiatives than the public one: associations, etc. The package of services approach is taking a large part of the experience's success story.

The participants of the conference had finally the chance to gather the feedbacks from a French experience in the Massif Central area which worked out mobility solutions through stakeholders workshops. The overall conclusion of the round table was handled by Yves CROZET, Professor of political sciences and member of the Research laboratory “spatial planning, economy and transports” in Lyon, as external expert of ASTUS project. He gave some perspectives to be given by ASTUS project.

The project itself was presented in the afternoon, with the project partner's participation. A another French pilot site was also invited to share with the audience his expectations regarding ASTUS project (how ASTUS can bring an added value locally).