SUNRISE addresses mobility challenges through co-creation at the neighbourhood level in six cities across Europe and the Middle East. Research entails identifying mobility problems, offering solutions to them, overseeing the implementation of measures and their evaluation, learning and knowledge transfer, and sharing.
SUNRISE is a Horizon 2020 project that is part of the with the mission to develop, implement, assess, and facilitate co-learning about new, collaborative ways to address common urban mobility challenges at the urban district level through “neighbourhood mobility labs” and thus to lay the foundation for a Sustainable Neighbourhood Mobility Planning concept.
Its overarching research questions are:
Which involvement techniques and tools reach and activate a true cross-section of the neighbourhood population?
Which types of transport innovations at the neighbourhood and district level have the highest impacts and transformative potential?
In what fields can neighbourhood measures successfully complement city-level actions in the sense of applied local subsidiarity?
Which support by cities to their neighbourhoods (e.g. legal, financial and technical) is most effective at which phases of the innovation chain?
What forms of governance are most effective to activate neighbourhoods as a resource to innovate and transform local transport-systems and cultures?
The SUNRISE action neighbourhoods use a blend of proven state-of-the-art online and face-to-face participation techniques and will establish longer-term collaborative forums. These will systematically involve citizens, businesses, NGOs, local authorities, academics etc. – always with a view to also involve under-empowered sections of the population like migrants, women, older and young people. Throughout the project’s co-creation, SUNRISE will monitor and critically assess the effectiveness and representativeness of the co-creation processes in order to allow continuous adjustments wherever necessary, and to draw conclusions on how all of these processes can best be applied to other neighbourhoods.
Alongside the mobility benefits for the action neighbourhoods, the project will result in a suite of products – most prominently the SUNRISE Neighbourhood Mobility Pathfinder – which will be provided to European cities, their stakeholders, and citizens to inspire and inform change across Europe. This will include a group of 20 take-up neighbourhoods and various city networks in cooperation with the CIVITAS Initiative. In strategic terms, SUNRISE will lay the foundation for a Sustainable Neighbourhood Mobility Planning concept to complement SUMPs.
SUNRISE partners are based in nine countries. The six action neighbourhoods are in Bremen, Budapest, Jerusalem, Malmö, Southend, and Thessaloniki