The aim of SUITS is to substantially increase the capacity of small-medium local authorities to develop and implement sustainable, inclusive, integrated and accessible transport strategies, policies, technologies and practices. The tools to be developed aim at local decision-makers of the cities as well as their local administrations. They are also being tested in nine European cities during the project and are expected to lead to a visible change in the planning and decision-making culture. SUITS is concentrating on four key areas:
- Capacity gaps in small-medium local authorities' knowledge and work practices.
- The need for integrated urban mobility planning of both freight and passengers based on the capture and use of information relating to the diversity of active, private, public, shared and multimodal forms of transport, journey types and travellers/freight.
- The need to exploit future transport technologies to improve transport efficiency and enhance quality of life.
- The opportunity to maximise the effectiveness and sustainability of transport measures through transferable best practice, new funding models and creation of sustainable opportunities for new business entries.The main work of the Wuppertal Institute is to boost the impacts of the project by reaching out to further practitioners and multipliers. It also provides a feedback loop for the project's main results:
- Stakeholder workshops will bring together the partner cities and other cities in the region, but also businesses, NGOs and national level institutions. These workshops will deal with specific issues such as mobility data, sustainable financing and procurement.
- Moderated e-learning courses and webinars will explain the main results.
- A set of policy briefs will provide recommendations to cities, member states and the EU on an integrated view on sustainable urban mobility policy and planning.
- Interactive multiplier workshops will up-scale the project's impact.