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EC PROJECTS TIDE


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he European TIDE1 project aims to foster a more


favourable climate for cities and regions to integrate innovations in their urban mobility policies. This


should lead to increased acceptance and take-up of new urban transport solutions and technologies. TIDE will help cities and regions to address common challenges in a col- laborative and integrated way. So why should you care about innovation? Innovative ideas usually start in one or a few places before


they reach wider coverage. TIDE will help cities and regions across Europe to shorten the path towards the implementa- tion of innovative measures by showing that it is not necessary to re-invent the wheel but much more effective to exchange on innovation and transfer successful solutions from one European region to another. TIDE thus offers a cost-efficient way of spreading innovation throughout Europe.


Table 1: The five TIDE themes New pricing measures


The TIDE (Transport Innovation Deployment for Europe) project has a relatively modest aim – to help innovative European mobility ideas become reality. Karen Vancluysen and Ivo Cré elucidate


European cities have indicated on several occasions that


innovation can be a way out of the crisis. Innovation can save costs and can help to reach urban policy goals. But cities lack resources to conclude a full innovation cycle. TIDE helps to shorten the innovation path.


OUR MISSION – GUIDED BY YOUR NEEDS! TIDE will enhance the broad take-up of 15 innovative urban transport and mobility measures throughout Europe and will make a visible contribution to establishing them as main- stream measures. The TIDE partnership is making a range of new and feasible solutions more easily accessible to address key challenges of urban transport such as energy efficiency, decarbonisation, demographic change, safety, access for all and new economic and financial conditions. TIDE focuses on fostering awareness, advancing expertise


• Road user charging in urban areas • Parking charge policies • Efficient and convenient pricing and charging for multimodal trips


Non-motorised transport


• Bicycle parking schemes • Creating people-friendly streets and public spaces • Fast cycling lanes


Advanced network and traffic • Open data server for applications-based traveller information management to support traveller information


Electric mobility


• Clean city logistics • Financing schemes for charging stations • Inductive charging for public transport


Public transport organisation • Creation of public transport management bodies for metropolitan areas • Contracting of services focused on improving passenger satisfaction and efficiency • Marketing research as optimisation tool in public transport


NOTE 1 The European TIDE project is funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission and runs from October 2012 until September 2015.


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• User-friendly human machine interface for traveller information • Advanced priority systems for public transport


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