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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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What are participatory solutions for climate adaptation between municipality, citizens and firms?

Nijmegen

The problem of citizen involvement seems paradoxical: Most damage occurs on the property of citizens, yet the citizens are not motivated to take precipitation adaptation measures. So how they can be engaged in local adaptation plans and participate in building a climate resilient city?

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Boost bicycle usage through more attractive bicycle routes

Heidelberg

Identify factors that make a bike route attractive and develop a prototype estimating these factors to facilitate bike route planning and navigation.

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Are we really aware of all available information ? How to make sure we are not missing anything?

Kraków

How to ensure that relevant information about mobility and its eco social impacts is available and easily accessible for citizens?

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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 can we make our mobility in Reykjavík more sustainable?

Reykjavík

Transportation accounts for 20% of the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of Iceland and for 58% of the emission of Reykjavík city! It impacts our quality of life, our health and our environment: we need to act on it now! How can we reduce its impact?

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How to combine design, technology and innovation to create bikeways in Athens

Athens

The city needs to create, as well as, better manage transport infrastructure. Designing sustainable urban mobility and improving the air quality of the city is an integral part of Athens Resilience Strategy to raise the standard of living. How to increase cycling behavior?

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How to use ICT and social media to reduce the use of fossil fuels in Brussels?

Brussels

The Brussels Climathon let you team up with persons who want to take action on climate change. Fossil fuels is the single most important cause of climate change and air pollution. Digital technologies connect people, data & devices. Let's repurpose the use of data on our devices and clean Brussels

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Car-free Plagwitz for one week

Leipzig

How might we inspire a car-free Plagwitz for one week?

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Carpooling

Minsk

Carpooling

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How to ease green mobility in Liege thanks smart interconnection solutions ?

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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circular economy and nature based solutions

Larissa

Our humanity needs to think new ways to design products service and cities that were good for people planet and cities. How do people experience circular economy? What are the drivers for moving to a circular economy? What opportunities does the circular economy bring to our cities?

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How can we create a climate-neutral production logistics between companies in an urban environment?

Wuppertal

Many companies manufacture in urban or rural areas with limited access to factory space. When the company expands, new factory sites have to be built in distance to the existing infrastructure. This sets new challenges for logistics and production, which also effect the environment and the climate.

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How can we promote climate-friendly travel to concerts for our guests?

Wuppertal

Most visitors use their private car for the journey to the concerts, harming the environment whilst doing so. The Historic City Hall of Wuppertal and the Symphony Orchestra Wuppertal are looking for solutions to motivate their guests to use alternative means of transport for the journey.

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How to motivate citizens to use the car less?

Curitiba

Help Curitiba to find innovative solutions for this challenge so citizens and companies can enjoy friendly mobility services and adequate infrastructure to reach business locations without the need of a car.

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How can we make Cluj-Napoca citizens more aware of climate issues in their area?

Cluj-Napoca

We aim at bringing together different stakeholders to build tools that bring waste management, food waste, mobility, circular economy into public atention

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Can we make mobility in Novi Sad more eco friendly?

Novi Sad

The overall number of people in Novi Sad is growing, so we need to change the way we work and live in order to reduce the impact of those growing numbers. First of - Mobility!

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Espacios Verdes Inclusivos

Santiago

Los espacios verdes son vitales tanto para el bienestar público como el del planeta. Para ello, los invitamos a soñar en innovaciones que permitan diseñar espacios verdes accesibles e inclusivos que consideren la integración y seguridad de mujeres, niños, adulto mayor y personas con discapacidad.

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How can rail vehicles of the future contribute to climate protection?

Vienna

New vehicle and drive concepts for rail vehicles can significantly contribute to climate protection. Which innovative solutions could e.g. make transport that is still diesel-powered emissions-free in the future? How should modern passenger cars be equipped to promote the switch from road to rail?

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How do we ensure more green mobility solutions in Copenhagen and as a large scale test center?

Copenhagen

By 2030 Denmark should have 1.000.000 green vehicles. How do we best ensure that these vehicles are not only green, but also are utilised in a way, so their usage don’t lead to further congestion?

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How do we ensure more green mobility solutions in Aalborg?

Aalborg

By 2030 Denmark should have 1.000.000 green vehicles. How do we best ensure that these vehicles are not only green, but also are utilised in a way, so their usage don’t lead to further congestion?

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How do we ensure more green mobility solutions in Esbjerg and as a large scale test center?

Esbjerg

By 2030 Denmark should have 1.000.000 green vehicles. How do we best ensure that these vehicles are not only green, but also are utilised in a way, so their usage don’t lead to further congestion?

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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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Green Maritime Transport and Air Travel

Montpellier

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

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Houston Electric Vehicle (EV) Challenges

Houston

For a developing EV market to thrive it is important that would-be adopters have awareness of and convenient access to options that suit their needs and preferences.

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How can we boost green mobility by leveraging on technology

Kraków

Electric scooters rentals, activity trackers, public transport on-demand locations - these are only few examples where technology can enable development of green solutions in our cities. Now it's time for you to act!

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Create solutions for sustainable transportation

Mikkeli

How can we promote an agile public transport system that will push more citizens towards sustainable transit habits? How can we foster safer and faster biking? Which incentives we can create to make walking and biking for distances less than 5km more attractive?

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How can we inspire people to use sustainable means of transport instead of drive?

Kraków

Disturbing statistics about public health and air pollution can be improved by changing a car to a bike or walk on the way to school or work. In New York, Paris and other famous cities many crowded avenues and squares have turned into pedestrian space. What about Krakow?

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How can we incentivise people to adopt ground travel in Europe?

Atlantic Ocean

The emissions from the travel sector, aviation especially, is growing at an alarming rate. In Europe, a great majority of flight distances could be covered by low-carbon ground transport. Incentivising travellers to avoid flying has a great potential to significantly reduce travel related emissions.

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How can we make low-emission mobility feasible and more comfortable?

Munich

Let us state the fact that being mobile in cities is not always easy when it comes to climate protection. Which actions have to be taken to make this challenge easier to handle and consequently reduce the complexity in low-emission mobility?

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Creating a network of bicycle trails to shape the velo-city Maribor

Maribor

The fastest way from A to B - designing the concept for a cycling network in Maribor.

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We need more sustainable transport solutions in Aarhus: Which role could micromobility play?

Aarhus

Let’s create a vision of a more sustainable transport sector in Aarhus by 2025 together. Take part in the innovative development of sustainable mobility solutions for the future in Aarhus Municipality.

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Climate-friendly, reliable, affordable and integrated mobility

Nairobi

The city is suffering from increased traffic congestion, air and noise pollution, road injuries and fatalities. Let's create a climate-friendly, a reliable, affordable and integrated mobility system

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How can we improve our daily journeys and battle the ever-growing amount of privately owned vehicles

Vilnius

The number of cars in Vilnius is increasing - can we think of solutions to help citizens commute easier, greener and more efficiently?

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Reducing the number of private cars in Ljubljana

Ljubljana

The challenge address the issue of public transportation in Ljubljana and specifically the concern that there are too many private cars on the streets every day. This hinders the ability to create an effective public transportation scheme in the city.

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How can we create productive mobility systems that increases inclusion while decreasing pollution?

Pasig

This challenge investigates how the goal of efficiently moving all Pasigueños from different points in the city can be achieved while susbstantially reducing GHGs.

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Mobility of goods

Venice

The transportation of goods has never been easy, and an infinite amount of research has been spent into finding the most efficient solutions in this sector. Now it's fundamental to connect ideas and create innovative solutions, placing the priority in terms of the best possible environmental impact.

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The Mobility of People

Venice

The transportation of people has never been easy, and an infinite amount of time has been spent into finding the most efficient solutions in this sector. Now it's fundamental to connect ideas and create innovative solutions, prioritizing objectives in terms of environmental impact.

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By which means does a modern and smart public transportation system change our behaviour, etc.?

Mannheim

Mobility, as a basic need of mankind, affects all of us permanently. The Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH (rnv) fosters a sustainable strategy of innovation, efficiency, an increase of the modal split, benefits for the environment [...]

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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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How can mobility be ecologically and socially organised in urban peripheral areas?

Vienna

On the outskirts and in the surrounding area of Vienna, the public transport network is less dense. How can new forms of mobility best complement the sustainable transport offering there? Which framework conditions and measures are necessary to ensure that these are preferred to private car trips?

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How to promote biogas-powered cars in Mikkeli?

Mikkeli

Soon there will be more infrastructure for biogas-powered cars. Are people ready to make a switch? What should be done to make fossil-free cars more attractive?

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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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Improve teleconferencing for reduced air travel

Geneva

How can we improve teleconferencing for students and researchers on different continents, so that they can collaborate more effectively, as an alternative to air travel for meetings and conferences ?

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Shared mobility in the Geneva agglomeration - FULL

Geneva

How to develop shared mobility in the Geneva agglomeration ?

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Transforming South-East Region of Malta into smart and sustainable localities

Valletta

Transforming South-East Region of Malta into smart and sustainable localities

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Soft Mobility

Montpellier

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

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Soft mobility tools and services to enhance safety and livability

Milano

Which innovative solutions could boost soft mobility, leading to an efficient environmental transition and to a safer place to live in?

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Soft Mobility

Bordeaux

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

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Soft Mobility

Toulouse

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

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How can we make urban mobility more sustainable as well as safer for everyone?

Carpi

To reduce CO2 emissions, we need to reduce our use of cars. To do so, other means of transport ought to be more enjoyable and faster. How can we promote an agile public transport system that will push more citizens towards sustainable transit habits? How can we foster safer and faster biking?

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How can we achieve more sustainable mobility?

Dar es Salaam

For so long Mobility has been a burning issue in the city of Dar es Salaam especially now when the population growth rate continues to rise. In this challenge we want to come together and find the solutions to make our city mobile more sustainable using alternative means of transport and open data.

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How can we provide a service that would be both user and environmentally friendly?

Matera

With a growing number of tourists in both Matera and the region, it is now even harder for inhabitants and visitors to commute. The new railway started operating, however, connections are few, which makes people use their cars.

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Motivating a revolution in transport and travel for a low-carbon future in Limerick

Limerick

How can we use open data tools and citizen engagement to manage the transition between our current travel system and a low-carbon future?

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Help solve Dublin's transport and air quality challenge

Dublin

Globally, more than 80% of people living in urban areas are exposed to poor air quality. Reducing air pollution should be a priority to all cities, not just for decreasing the negative effects of climate change, but for citizens’ health as well.

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Urban Expansion

Toulouse

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

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Reduce CO2 emissions from motorized traffic in the City of Geneva

Geneva

Understand why the number of registered vehicles in the City of Geneva is increasing and find solutions to get it down.

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How to improve mobility in Vladivostok?

Vladivostok

The essential problem resides in the lack of urban planning with very few stretching roads, lots of dead ends and one of the highest car ownership per capita in the world.

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How can we make our streets and walks more attractive for pedestrians and bike rides?

Wolkersdorf

Walking, biking: Let's create incentives to walk and bike for distances less than 5km. Will we be able to use the existing road network, to ensure accessibility and not to seal new surfaces?

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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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