Alpine Smart Transport and Urbanism Strategies

First ASTUS school in Besançon on June 27th and 28th

The first "Astus School", a transnational event bringing together the the whole project partnership, was held in Besançon and Morteau on 27 and 28 June 2017.

Meant to give inputs to the pilot sites for producing their low carbon scenarios, the ASTUS school is organized to give expertise inputs on a specific topic and get to see some good experiences with project managers testimonies and site visits.

This meeting was opened with a warm welcome from Eric Houlley, Vice-President in charge of Territorial Cohesion, and brought together a collective of about twenty people composed of the whole partnership of the project, as well as some regional actors, observer partners and pilot sites of the project.
The objectives of this first  ASTUS School were as follows:
• Create and maintain a network of European actors;
• Build and support the conditions for the exchange of good practices (through workshops,  visiting sites and experience posters);
• Continue reflections and work on project deliverables (via technical work sessions);
• Improve knowledge of partners and pilot sites about potential "low carbon" solutions;
• Give the partners the methodological keys necessary for the development of scenarios and operational action plans. As such, several contributors helped to advance discussios: Energy Cities, ATMO and CERF Rhône-Alpes.

Focus on thematic workshops

Thematic working group workshops provided answers to the following topics:

  • The steps of the local process of co-creation of low carbon scenarios; The role and involvement of local actors in the process of co-creation of low carbon mobility solutions; The expression and development by the pilot sites of their own solutions.
  • The success factors of innovative mobility solutions, considering the types of territories (rural, mountainous, low density ...); The push of innovation for new mobility solutions.

These workshops have also produced posters of good practices that have been presented by the partners ...

... and have permitted the presentation of methodological tools for associating local actors in order to give the partners the methodological keys necessary for the development of scenarios and operational action plans.

Focus on the on-site visit to Morteau

Yannick Nancy, Director of PETR Pays Horloger pilot site of the Astus project, welcomed the delegation during a visit on June 28, to present and  increased awareness European partners on mobility issues that knows the territory.
The PETR of Pays Horloger is a mountain territory located on the border strip facing Switzerland. It is confronted with important urban issues / mobilities (considerable land pressure, urban sprawl, important flow of commuters using their car, accentuated by the proximity with Switzerland).
Indeed, this one is characterized by an increase of the population on a territory with the diffuse habitat.

In this context, the Pays Horloger PETR expresses an interest in the experimentation process in the development of alternative mobility and in understanding and objectifying the impact of urban sprawl.
Also, to illustrate these issues in a concrete way, a visit commented by the services of the Town Hall of Morteau was carried out on the site of the Champs de Foire, in the district of the station, allowing the participants to perceive the problems felt.

To continue the transnational work dedicated to the exchange of good practices, a second "Astus School" will take place in June 2018 in Salzburg.