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#UrbanCycling

Basel

In Basel, too, many routes are covered by car. Cycling is emission-free, space-saving, healthy and offers a fast, comfortable and attractive alternative in urban traffic. However, many people do not dare to cycle in the city. How can we motivate them to ride their bikes more often?

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Berlin on the move - how can data help to make urban mobility more sustainable?

Berlin

Be part when its about shaping ideas for a sustainable mobility in Berlin! In this challenge we want to experiment with the potential of open data and open source to create unique prototypes, tools and ideas for a sustainable mobility.

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How to ease green mobility in Liege ?

Liège

La mobilité est un véritable problème pour la plupart des Liégeois : embouteillages, pollution, manque de stationnement, dangers pour les transports doux, cohabitation des transports individuels, vol de vélos... Quels services / produits pourraient aider à résoudre ces problèmes ?

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Collaborative electromobility

Geneva

How to develop collaborative electromobility in the city of Geneva to live better ?

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Collaborative mobility solutions

Geneva

How to develop the potential of existing collaborative mobility solutions, and encourage their use ?

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Green Sea and Air Travel

Toulouse

Let's use satellite data to make air corridors and maritime routes greener!

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Greener Air and Sea Routes

Bordeaux

Let's use satellite data to make air corridors and maritime routes greener!

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How can we make traveling without creating emissions simpler and more comfortable?

Munich

Travelling inside of cities is not always easy if you want to take care of the climate. The need to think about tickets for public transport or using multiple smartphone applications has to be reduced. What’s necessary to fulfil said requirements?

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Novel design for multi-location conferences to reduce CO2 footprint of conference attendies

Heidelberg

Develop a novel design for a multi-location conference that would take place in different locations simultaneously, uniting participants despite being separated in space and by the time-zones.

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Zürich

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How can we reduce the need for motorized individual traffic in Munich?

Munich

To support climate protection and to improve the quality of life in cities, motorized individual traffic by cars and lorries has to be reduced. Cities have to improve the transport network for cyclists, pedestrians and public transport and have to reduce the need for motorized individual traffic.

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« Slow Destination » in the Morges region

Lausanne

What offers and tourism projects could develop the Slow Destination positioning of the Morges region ?

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Reduce CO2 footprint of car users by estimating CO2 emissions and optimizing car sharing services

Heidelberg

Analyze data from the car sharing company Stadtmobil in order to estimate the overall carbon footprint of a regular car user and to ultimately reduce the carbon footprint by capitalizing on mobility and flexibility of car sharing services.

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Soft Mobility

Toulouse

Let's use space data to develop alternative mobility solutions!

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Soft Mobility

Montpellier

Let's use space data to develop alternative mobility solutions!

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The EPFL/HES-SO campus as accelerator of the transition in Sion

Sion

What role for the HEI - HES-So Valais Wallis ecosystem, the EPFL Valais Wallis and the campus area as accelerator of sustainable transformation for the city of Sion, the canton of Valais, Switzerland and beyond, on a short term basis ?

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Urban Expansion

Toulouse

Let's use satellite data to better accompany our cities' growth and expansion!

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How do we make mobility more sustainable?

Until now, the transport sector has been the most resistant to reduce carbon emissions. At the same time, cities are key in tackling this challenge as they are faced with the mobility trilemma of clean air, carbon, and congestion whilst facing ever increasing demands to move people and goods around

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The present mix of transport modes and fuels is not sustainable. Society now has the challenge to build a sustainable, clean, accessible, integrated mobility system which contributes to our quality of life. Sustainable urban mobility can meet Europe’s need for mobility and simultaneously deliver public health benefits, including less noise and air pollution and fewer accidents. A switch to active mobility modes such as cycling and walking can help with health problems such as obesity, mental health and cardiovascular diseases.

The transport sector is a major contributor to GHG emissions and is responsible for approximately a quarter of total energy-related CO2 emissions. The continuing growth in GHG emissions happens despite more efficient vehicles and policies being adopted.

Cities are the main drivers of global mobility demand because of direct passenger transport activity within and among urban areas as well as indirectly through the freight activity needed to meet the demand for goods of city residents. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), urban transport activities account for about 40 percent of total transport energy use and total well-to-wheel GHG emissions.

The primary actions in climate mitigation could be the following:

  1. Avoid the need to travel and the trip length by encouraging compact cities and mixed land use.
  2. Reduce the use of privately owned cars, shifting towards more sustainable modes of transports. A shift from personal transport to public transport, walking and cycling is vital to achieve a Two Degree Scenario in transport.
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