How can we build a sustainable transport and mobility system in the wider area of reunified Nicosia until 2030?
12-13 December 2016 organized a workshop on How can we shape a sustainable transport and mobility system in the wider area of reunified Nicosia to 2030? The primary objective of the workshop was to involve key stakeholders in a process of identifying the existing challenges in Nicosia in the field of urban transport and then shaping the future desirable situation in a reunited Nicosia. The participants, coming from both communities in Cyprus, formed a group of representatives from ministries, universities, non-governmental organizations, businesses, local authorities and citizens, many of whom had previously been involved in planning the transport system in the Nicosia area .
1. Developing a common vision and strategy for sustainable transport: In order to achieve a common vision, it is necessary to engage, from the initial stages, all stakeholders from both communities in Cyprus. Creating a common strategy requires finding a variety of resources, methods and tools, such as surveys, meetings, focus groups, open dialogue with stakeholders, developing an online platform for exchange of thoughts and ideas.
2. Develop a communication strategy and awareness campaign: The strategy will aim at raising awareness among citizens, businesses, schools, authorities, universities, etc. on the benefits of sustainable and intelligent transport solutions.
3. Development of Intelligent Mobility Strategic Plan for Nicosia City Center: It is necessary to draw up a strategic plan for the reunited Nicosia city center, focusing on the development of intelligent multi-modal infrastructure for more efficient mobility and environmental upgrading of the city's city walls.
4.Project design and implementation of policies for the creation of multimodal transit areas: By assessing the city's transport demand patterns, the design will redistribute the road space and create key locations with additional services and facilities such as shops, offices, training centers and open public spaces with maximum interconnectivity .
5.Development of a Citizens Movement Forecasting Plan: The project will provide state and local authorities with the necessary knowledge to be able to plan more efficiently public spaces, stations, roads, buildings, etc.
6.Encouraging research on innovative and alternative ways of using the car: The aim of the survey is to reduce the kilometers traveled and the number of private vehicles. An example of an alternative mode of use is the use of a car-on-demand.
7. Implementation of "diet" techniques in the road network (rational redesign): This includes measures such as reducing and redesigning the road space, pavement widening and creating spaces for public transport infrastructure.
8. Encouraging local authorities to implement Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans: Support for local authorities to develop joint sustainable transport action plans is essential and can be achieved through initiatives such as the Covenant of Mayors and / or the Smart Islands initiative.
9. Renewable energy integration policy in the transport system: The strategy should include the development of the necessary infrastructure (eg charging stations, parking spaces) and incentives for the use of electric bikes or electric vehicles. At the same time, public sector movements could be carried out using vehicles using renewable energy sources.
10. Funding and developing financial tools to support and attract investment in sustainable transport: It is proposed to create a database of available and more appropriate financing plans and resources (at European and national level) that could fund research, planning and implementation of transport and mobility projects.
The workshop was part of the activities of the Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship Plan in Cyprus (RIS Cyprus). This consortium consists of the Cyprus University of Technology, the Cyprus Energy Agency and Chrysalis LEAP. The workshop was co-funded by EIT Climate-KIC, the largest public-private partnership working on climate change, and the UK High Commission in Cyprus.