The big data paradigm has become an inevitable aspect of smart and sustainable mobility planning that will help decision-makers to plan for any expansion in either transport services, resources, or areas.  CIVITAS as a network of cities that aims at promoting innovative sustainable development in cities covering sustainable transport mobility organised the CIVITAS annual Forum in Umeå, Sweden on the theme “Mobility for U and Me” on 19-21 September 2018. The three-day event brought together hundreds of policymakers, city representatives, academics, and practitioners to debate pressing topics surrounding sustainable urban mobility and witness the pioneering solutions bringing cleaner, better transport to Europe.

CIVITAS Forum 2018 provided the opportunity for participants to take part in interactive workshops and sessions on the most urgent issues in mobility. ERAdiate was represented in this year’s CIVITAS Forum Conference by Ghadir Pourhashem who presented the achievements linked to the MoTiV (Mobility and Time Value) project at “BIG DATA: how to overcome the challenges in a sustainable urban mobility policy” session. In his presentation, Ghadir discussed MoTiV European-wide data collection and how data gathered via MoTiV app is expected to contribute to new forms of civic engagement. Specifically, citizens could contribute to the design of mobility solutions by informing public and private sector with data on mobility behaviors including perceptions towards mobility systems and factors affecting meaningful use of travel time.

Two EU funded H2020 mobility projectsthe STARS and MoTiV projects – also organised a joint workshop on “Car-sharing take-up potential considering value of the traveling time” to discuss the question: Is car sharing crucial to the future of sustainable urban mobility in Europe?

This workshop was held in the form of MoTiV and STARS projects presentation and stakeholders’ discussions on potential benefits of shared vehicle services, with special emphasis on those innovative forms that are enabled by recent technology applications in the transport sector, and their real impacts in terms of congestion mitigation, environmental footprints and social inclusion. Ghadir presented MoTiV as a relevant research project that aims at understanding of what value of travel time (VTT) means to travelers, in relation to their needs, expectations, and lifestyles. In his presentation, he tackled different facets of the question, how the value embedded in individual mobility choices (i.e. value proposition of mobility) interacts with car-sharing adoption, from perspective of different users (stakeholders): end users, local authorities, transport planners etc.

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