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Participating in European Projects

Various financial instruments have been implemented in order to stimulate research and innovation in a European context as well as to facilitate co-operation between transportation stakeholders through European Projects, whose advantages are knowledge and know-how sharing, productive scientific and commercial partnerships, enhanced mobility between countries and introduction of best practices at the pan-European level. They also offer a secure budget by granting important subsidies to the involved partners.

Cork City Council, Traffic Division has been involved for many years in various trans-national projects, e.g. INTERREG, R&D FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME (FP5,6,7) and INTELLIGENT ENERGY EUROPE instruments. Several services or projects like “Black Ash Park and Ride”, “Park By Phone”, “Bio-Fuelled Vehicles” or “Local Community Bus on Demand” have been strongly supported in that way.

Cork City Council is also a member of two networks of European cities and regions.

 - The CIVITAS Initiative is involved in experimentation and experience-sharing to face crucial transportation issues. For more information please consult: http://www.civitas-initiative.org/.

- POLIS is involved in improving transport at local level, especially in relation to the environment, mobility demand, the economic & social dimensions of transport and safety. For more information please consult: http://www.polis-online.org/.

NICHES + European Project (2008-2011)

Cork City Council, Traffic Division, has been selected by the NICHES+ European project (FP7) as a NICHES + Champion City.

The mission of the NICHES+ project is to promote innovative measures for making urban transport more efficient and sustainable and to move them from their current ‘niche’ position into a mainstream urban transport application. The NICHES+ consortium consists of EUROCITIES, Newcastle University, TRANSMAN, TRB, and Rupprecht Consult. The project is coordinated by Polis and started in May 2008.

In order to demonstrate how urban transport innovation can move from theory to practice, Cork City Council, Traffic Division, will receive support to develop a Mobility Management Centre with fully integrated services and functions to enhance the development of a more sustainable, efficient and effective transportation system.

For more information on the NICHES + Project, please consult: http://www.niches-transport.org/

TRENDY TRAVEL European Project (2007-2010)

Cork City Council, Traffic Division is the coordinator of the TRENDY TRAVEL Project (IEE-STEER), which focuses on the “emotional” promotion of more sustainable transport modes such as cycling and walking. The project started in October 2007.

TRENDY TRAVEL is designed to address current and potential users of clean urban transport, multipliers, practitioners and decision makers in public transport companies, energy agencies, educational institutions, municipalities and regions.

So far, TRENDY TRAVEL’s partners organised a range of local events to promote walking, cycling and using public transport. These events are varied, from the “Mozzarella In Bici Cycling Tour” in Salerno (Italy) to the “Road Safety Training Course” in Martin Kindergartens (Slovakia). In addition, TRENDY TRAVEL’s partners are developing dissemination marketing materials to promote sustainable transport, such as a “21 good reasons for cycling brochure”or “videoclips”.

Since 2008, Cork City Council, Traffic Division is organising events to show how cycling is easy, health and trendy, eg. Cycling Arts Festival www.cork-cycling-arts-festival.org, Rebel Pedal Parade www.rebelpedal.ie, Cycle Chic Fashion Show www.cyclechic.org. For more information on Cork events, please consult the Cork Cycline Events Calendar 2008 and the Cork Cycling Events Calendar 2009.

For more information on TRENDY TRAVEL, please consult: http://www.trendy-travel.eu/

ADDED VALUE European Project (2007-2010)

Cork City Council, Traffic Division is involved in the ADDED VALUE Project (IEE-STEER) as a beneficiary pilot site of new methods of public consultation in the transport field. The ADDED VALUE European project aims to develop new “soft measures” to promote sustainable transport. The project is led by the Local Energy Agency of Almada (Portugal) and started in November 2007.

Within the ADDED VALUE project, Cork City Council, Traffic Division aims to tackle traffic issues at three key institutions of the city: the University College Cork (UCC), the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Cork University Hospital (CUH). Cork City Council will update the three institutions’ mobility plans by proposing a set of new soft measures. These measures will be elaborated through an on-line public consultation which will allow understanding travel patterns and needs in the south-western sector of Cork City. The Public Consultation has been carried out in early 2009 through the following web-portal http://www.your-travel.ie/.

Results of the Public Consultation will be published in June 2009 and should be built on a range of transport options to be implemented or improved in autumn 2009. Potential soft measures could be the following:

- New parking policies

 - Cycling and pedestrian facilities

 - City and commuting bus services

 - Car club service ("car-sharing")

 - Lift-sharing service ("car-pooling")

 - New Park'n'Ride service

For more information on ADDED VALUE, please consult: http://eu-added-value.eu/

COMPETENCE European Project (2005-2007)

Cork City Council, Traffic Division was involved in the COMPETENCE Project (IEE-STEER) as a beneficiary pilot site of international and national training and know-how transfer activities in the sustainable transport field.

The outcomes are the following:

  • Ecodriving training courses for Cork City Council fleet’s drivers;
  • Organisation of the “Mobility for Vitality” operation, focused on healthy transport awareness among Cork City Council employees;
  • Provision of elements for the implementation of a Mobility Management Centre in Cork;
  • Organisation of a national conference on sustainable transport for the Irish local energy agencies, which took part in Mallow on the 7th November 2006.
  • For more information please consult: http://www.transportlearning.net/

MASCARA European Project (2004-2007)

Cork City Council, Traffic Division was the leader partner of the MASCARA European Project (West INTERREG IIIC) which focuses on the implementation of innovative Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) services and their impacts on social inclusion.

Cork’s contribution to the MASCARA Project (Demand Responsive Transport Service for Increasing Social Cohesion in Urban / Rural Areas) is the feasibility study on setting up of a Local Community Bus on Demand in the North-Western sector of Cork City (see also our related page) where existing bus services do not meet all the mobility needs of the residents.

The successful and highly productive Conference “DRT: Good 2 Go”, launched by Minister of State in the Department of Transport, was held in Cork on 8th and 9th February 2007. Almost on hundred delegates and speakers came together from all corners of Europe and Ireland to discuss operational and technical issues and participate in interactive workshops on DRT.

For more information please consult: http://www.mascaraproject.com/

MIRACLES European Project (2002-2006)

Cork City Council, Traffic Division was involved in the MIRACLES European Project (FP6-SUSTDEV), one of the first projects under the CIVITAS Initiative.

The MIRACLES Project (Multi Initiatives for Rationalised Accessibility and Clean, Liveable Environments) aims to tackle the growing problems associated with urban transport. Cork City Council through the Traffic Division was a partner in this project with the cities of Rome, Barcelona and Winchester.

The activities undertaken by Cork City Council under the CIVITAS initiative were:

  • Introduction of the Black Ash Park and Ride facility;
  • Use of retractable bollards to prohibit vehicles from city centre side streets;
  • Introduction of the innovative Park by Phone system;
  • Provision of elements for a general freight management plan;
  • Promotion of lift-sharing and other soft transport modes amongst Cork City Council employees;
  • Improvements in the extent of the cycleways network;
  • Conversion of some Cork City Council owned vehicles to run on bio-fuels (vegetable oil).

Interested in Collaborating With Traffic Division?

Cork City Council, Traffic Division is always looking for new opportunities of co-operation with European local authorities and transportation experts. It has gained a rich experience of project management and collaborative work at the European level. Working languages are English and French.

Please contact us to discuss any opportunities of collaboration with Cork City Council, Traffic Division:

Traffic Division, Cork City Council

 VHI Buildings, 70 South Mall, Cork

Tel: 021 492 4452

E-mail: traffic@corkcity.ie