Final report now availableThe final report of START is now available on the START-webpage.
The report gives an in depth overview of the actions in the project during the three years that START ran.
The report focuses on the personal experiences of the people involved and the process of facilitating sustainable urban freight solutions
START is just the START!START is just the START!
The START project ended the 31st of January 2009 after running for three years.
The cities of Göteborg, Bristol, Ravenna, Riga and Ljubljana have jointly worked together to develop efficient access restrictions, consolidation of deliveries, and incentives to change the distribution of goods into more efficient and environmentally friendly ways.
Efficient distribution of goods is crucial for the vitality of the centres of European cities, both from an environmental and an economic point of view. As cities move away from being centres of industry and manufacturing, the prospects of prosperous centres depend more on the attractiveness for the citizens and visitors rather than maximizing traffic flows.
The implemented actions in the START cities show considerable savings in energy and reduction of emissions. An important conclusion from the START project is also that the creation and constant development of cooperation and dialogue with the private stakeholders is essential.
In a few days the final Evaluation Report “Recommendations on Sustainable Freight Management” will be uploaded on the web. Here you can find all information you need on the project.
Along with the evaluation report the project is summarised in the report “Future solutions for goods distribution” which soon will be uploaded on this webpage.
A Successful final conference in Göteborg!Between the 11-12 December the START partners met in Göteborg for the last time for the final conference.
The meeting was very successful and was attended by over 50 persons from the START cities and external organisations.
The conference on the 11th of December offered both theoretical presentations from Kenth Lumsden, professor at Chalmers University of Technology and Diter Wild, coordinator of BESTUFS, as well as more practical conclusions from the pilot actions in START.
The meeting was also attended by several cities from the CIVITAS CATALIST project and the newly established CATALIST urban goods network.
The conclusions from START gave a very good input to the network. Presentions from the conference can be found in the downloads section of the START web page.
START Newsletter 5 now available for downloadThe latest newsletter of the project START is now available at the download section.
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START Newsletter 4 now available for downloadThe latest newsletter of the project START is now available at the download section.
The newsletters focus on the project managment meeting and conference in Ravenna in November 2007, and the local implementation of measures of START in Ravenna.
In the newsletter you can also find the responses to the Commission Green Paper on Urban Mobility and the latest update from the other partner cities. For mor details click here to go to the newspaper.
Report on PartnershipsThe START-partners has recently published a report on partnerships. The report is an overview of developments of partnerships and networks in the START-cities.
The cities report that the development of Local Freight Networks has been a successful way of working for a more efficient urban freight distribution. Lessons from the work have so far been that the networks can be seen as mechanisms for fostering a partnership culture between public administration and private stakeholders.
The networks provide a forum to achieve best practice in environmentally sensitive, economic, safe and efficient freight transport. To download the full report please visit the download area.
Peer review in LjubljanaIn June 2007 a Peer to Peer workshop was held in Ljubljana.
The aim was to deepen the knowledge exchange with local stakeholders and provide opportunities for experts to meet, taking into account the situations in many of the new EU member states.
Ljubljana has a restriction scheme for freight transport which excludes all vehicles over 3,5 tonnes in the city centre.
Below is an excerpt of the recommendations that came out of the work shop.
Recommendations on regulations of freight deliveries:
- Different contexts require different kinds of vehicles. Flexibility is needed
- Limits to the times of deliveries have to be adapted to the type of goods and configuration of the streets
Recommendations on how to include retailers in consolidation schemes:
- Involvement of stakeholders in the development of the consolidation scheme is a key success factor
- Existing retailer relationships are valuable and should be exploited
For more information on the review, please download the full report on the peer review or await the upcoming newsletter, which focus on the two peer reviews that have been carried out in START.
Local freight network representatives participated in START workshopThe 30th of November 2006, a workshop was organised in Bristol with the aim to provide opportunities for transfer of knowledge between different local freight networks. A range of local, national and international stakeholders from both the public and private sector attended the event. They could learn from the good experiences in other cities and at the same time broaden their views on similar work at a European level. The participants will now be able to further develop the level of collaboration in their own cities. The speakers came from, among others, Transport for London, BESTUFS, Exel.
The workshop attendees also had the opportunity to visit the successful consolidation centre in Bristol.
Peer-to-peer workshop in RigaThe 5th of June 2006 a peer-to-peer workshop was organised in Riga. The focus of the discussion at the meeting was the historical centre of Riga and how to solve its problems with freight distribution in an area characterised by compact building and narrow streets. For more information about the outcome of the workshop, please consult the Recommendation report.
February 2006 - START Kick-off in GöteborgThe 23-24th of February saw the partners from five European cities; Bristol, Göteborg, Ljubljana Ravenna and Riga gathered in Göteborg in order to outline the project and exchange experiences on how to carry out the activities within the project and achieve its purpose; making goods-transports in the cities more energy efficient.
In order to promote change and gain acceptance from stakeholders co-operation the activities within the project will be formed after consultation in local freight networks with participants from the local freight sector which are to be formed in every city. During the Kick-off meeting Bristol City Council led the discussion based on some of the key issues from their experience of working in a network. DHL Exel Supply Chain, representing the private transport sector, pointed out that working in a network can help private partners to alleviate some of the problems they face by being able to input in to local policies.