Towards sustainable mobility with OPTIMISM

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The final conference brochure (click on image to download)

Conclusions3Mobility is essential to the functioning of European society it does, at the same time, presents major problems in terms of congestion, safety and environmental impact. The aim of the OPTIMISM project is to define and assess which of the future changes in the passenger transport system would lead to a sustainable way of travelling, as people could travel more efficiently, cleaner and more safely, without compromising mobility.

Sunil MaherThe OPTIMISM Event was a place to present research results, practical experiences, real-world problems and to communicate and discuss between/beyond disciplines. It had the vision to raise awareness and, in parallel, to actively contribute to the shaping of a consensus among various stakeholders. This leads to the most effective recommendations on strategies, technologies and methodologies for the integration and optimisation of the transport system for supporting the aim of sustainable mobility.

Chris ReevesThe OPTIMISM Event highlighted the scientifically documented insight of the transport system and people travel choices via the study of social behaviour and mobility patterns. It presented the OPTIMISM Consortium’s findings and allowed stakeholders to discuss developing strategies, technologies and methodologies for integrating and optimising transport systems for passengers, both in urban and metropolitan transport and at regional and long-distance mobility, while determining the optimum balance of “trade-offs”.

At the event, the OPTIMISM Consortium presented scientific findings related to:

Terry Martinthe development of a methodology to harmonize travel statistics and guidelines and recommendations for harmonising differences at national level;

key factors of the transport system and main important trends affecting the future of mobility and transportation in Europe;

the modelling of the impact of the trends on demand, supply and technology indentified at both macro and micro level;

an estimation of the decarbonisation potential of the selected options with regard to co-modality/ICT solutions and FP7 projects;.

Michael CramerRecommendations on the principles of sustainable mobility, where guidelines for policy-making and transport planners as mean to promote and encourage changes in passenger mobility behaviour for supporting it, in real terms.

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