The Spring 2018 conference took place in Gipuzkoa – San Sebastián, hosted by Gipuzkoa County Council, and looked at the theme of Sustainable Mobility – an integrated metropolitan approach. This short film of the conference was kindly put together by the County Council.
Gipuzkoa Provincial Council, as host of our conference, will give an insight on how they approach Sustainable Mobility: “The technical solutions are the condition for the final aim to create a better ‘human biotope’ for people to live, work, relax and above all, prosper!” Various examples from elsewhere in Europe will enable us to reflect on measures versus (socio-economic) impact. We especially welcome guests from Transport for the West Midlands from Greater Birmingham!
Apart from the technical aspects of infrastructure, the socio-economic aspects of investing, planning and realising these long-term, complex and, during their realisation, often disruptive projects are of great interest. We hope to achieve better conditions for people to live, work and enjoy, and for businesses to better perform. But as it often takes a generation to reach the full impact of infrastructure investments, we need to ensure the solutions can adapt to the continuously changing society.
In parallel workshops, using various cases, we will focus on questions if and especially HOW infrastructure investments address issues of Social Cohesion, Climate Adaptation, Affordable Housing, etc. The case of the recently established combined transport authority Transport for the West Midlands (Greater Birmingham) will explain the possible impact of infrastructure investments on governance, through both the network as the way the network is operated. But does it also impact on the ‘image’ of Greater Birmingham through for example a regional ticketing system like the Gipuzkoa public transport card.
On the Friday we will have a presentation of the ESPON SPIMA report and especially the way the results can inspire and initiate further actions amongst our members.
Please Download the full programme here:
See you in San Sebastian!