From VRA
Jump to: navigation, search

New and Innovative Concepts for Helping

European Transport Sustainability

Random logo.JPG
General information
Europe EC
From 11-2004 to 03-2007 Completed
Project Coordinator

The project wanted to stimulate a wide debate on innovative urban transport and mobility between relevant stakeholders from different sectors and disciplines across the EU and accession countries, with the aim to promote new promising concepts, initiatives and projects from their current niche to a mainstream urban transport policy application.


The objectives of the project were:

  • To enhance discussion and knowledge exchange between practitioners, experts and researchers in the field of urban transport in Europe, involving all different sectors (transport authorities, operators, industry, academics, and other researchers as well as users).
  • To provide a forum for those involved in European research activities and projects as well as national, local and industrial initiatives in the area of innovative urban transport concepts to share their knowledge and experience.
  • To develop an accessible document store and a knowledge base amongst urban transport experts and practitioners on innovative transport concepts as well as integrated urban transport strategies, in which several innovative concepts are implemented in a combined way (OSMOSE).
  • To identify future research needs and pave the way for innovative transport concepts, meeting mobility needs in 2020.
  • To elaborate recommendations on developing and implementing innovative concepts in the framework of integrated urban transport strategies.


The project provided coordination for a wide range of innovative urban transport concepts through a combined programme of stakeholder involvement via targeted in-depth interviews, expert working groups and validation as well as dissemination workshops, accompanied by desk research and good practice analysis. NICHES enhanced the discussion on urban transport innovation in Europe.

NICHES also helped to kick-off the concrete uptake of several innovative urban transport concepts. The NICHES project also developed some policy notes, which give advice on the implementation process for all 12 NICHES Concepts, and proved to be valuable for stakeholders interested in the uptake of the innovative solutions. Some concepts met high interest and the team was asked for more information and advice on implementation. NICHES filled a gap by promoting innovative urban transport concepts, which still have potential to become important elements of the future urban mobility and transport strategies across Europe.

Related Projects



  • Polis, European Cities and Regions Networking for Innovative Transport Solutions
  • ACCESS - Eurocities for a New Mobility Culture
  • Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CERM)
  • City of Stockholm
  • Warsaw University of Technology
  • Rupprecht Consult GmbH
  • PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG


Total cost: € 1 050 000 / EU contribution: € 1 050 000

Funded under the call: FP6-2003-TRANSPORT-3

Topic: SUSTDEV-2002- - High Quality Public