Find out what is happening in CHUMS
Find out what is happening in CHUMS
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In September 2014 Casablanca will host the CIVITAS Forum, an annual event organised as part of the EU CIVITAS 2020 Initiative to bring together the representatives of the CIVITAS Forum Network’s member cities and of the EuroMed region: policy makers, urban planners, mobility experts and politicians to present and discuss transport measures and policies towards sustainable urban mobility, accessibility and socio-spatial inequalities. Following the experience of Casablanca as well as of many European cities, the leading theme of the CIVITAS Forum 2014 will be the accessibility and social inclusion a key factor in urban mobility and city planning. From a spatial and mobility stand-point, accessibility can be considered a pertinent concept while analysing the problem of socio-spatial inequalities and also while investigating how the coordination of urban mobility, spatial planning and institutional governance can play a relevant role in making cities more accessible for all.
In February 2015 a first end-user questionnaire is carried out for the employees of the University and the Municipality in Perugia in order to describe the baseline situation which will be used as reference for the evaluation of the impact of the CHUMS measures. A total of 826 responses were received representing a response rate of 38%.
The results of the questionnaire present an insight in some interesting figures about the mobility behavior of the employees and their current attitude towards carpooling:
The younger the employee, the higher the chance that he/she considers carpooling, which is demonstrated in the figure below.
These observations vary slightly depending on the current transport mode the employees are using. Current car passengers for instance have fewer issues with privacy or social inconvenience. Public transport users think more positively about the loss of flexibility than the other transport users. And above all, the car drivers think that they can reduce costs by joining a carpooling system.
The CHUMS project has developed a tool which establishes, for any candidate site, the current carpooling status, estimates the potential impact of introducing CHUMS and identifies the supporting measures which are most likely to maximise the impact of CHUMS.
The success of a carpooling scheme at a particular location, and the subsequent effectiveness of introducing the CHUMS measures to a carpooling scheme, depends on many factors. While a number of these cannot be influenced by those responsible for setting up or managing a carpool scheme, there are others which carpool/mobility managers can exert influence over and which can have a significant effect on the success or otherwise of the schemes/measures introduced.
To aid sites which are considering introducing a carpool scheme or would like to implement the CHUMS measures to an existing carpool scheme, the CHUMS project have developed a simple and easy to use tool which enables candidate sites to quickly assess their suitability for carpooling and to indicate (in a very general manner) the likely impacts of introducing the CHUMS measures. It also identifies supporting measures which the carpool/mobility managers should consider to maximise the impact of implementing CHUMS.
Following extensive review of literature supported by surveys with CHUMS partner sites and carpool service providers, eight factors were identified as having the greatest bearing on the suitability of a particular location for carpooling. These are shown below.
The answers to a number of questions related to each factor give a measure of the current status for that factor at the site in question (the questions are weighted according to their relative importance).
An example of the questions for one of these factors is provided below for the ‘Carpool status in your city/region’. The full set of questions for all factors can be viewed by downloading the tool at the bottom of this page.
Once the user has answered the simple checkbox questions for all 8 factors (37 questions in total), which takes no more than 5 to 10 minutes to complete, the tool produces a number of useful outputs informed by the site specific information provided by the user:
The benefit of this tool is that follower sites or future candidate CHUMS sites can use the tool to quickly establish the suitability of introducing CHUMS at a particular site, and receive suggestions on supporting measures which would maximise the impacts of CHUMS.
The tool is available for download from the link below. Feel free to try it out for your own candidate site.