EcoMobility SHIFT+

The EcoMobility SHIFT+ scheme is a methodology to (self)-assess cities’ mobility performance, analyze performance, act to improve and establish a path of continuous improvement.

The EcoMobility SHIFT scheme was launched in 2013 has been adopted by European and Australian cities. In 2018, the scheme was updated to reflect the current debates on urban mobility system that is suitable for both developed and developing cities, known as EcoMobility SHIFT+.

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The EcoMobility SHIFT is a methodology designed for cities to measure their urban mobility performance and make informed decisions based on the areas that need improvement. Upon completing the SHIFT assessment, cities will be better positioned in creating and strengthening the mobility plans through informed decision. One key benefit of this process is that it engages different key stakeholders and actors from the municipal council, private companies or even civil society to gain a holistic understanding of the transportation system.

The EcoMobility SHIFT scheme was launched in 2013 has been adopted by European and Australian cities. In 2018, the scheme was updated to reflect the current debates on urban mobility system that is suitable for both developed and developing cities, known as EcoMobility SHIFT+.

Benefits for the cities to conduct assessment

The SHIFT+ methodology serves as an effective tool for local authorities and key transport actors to measure, assess and act to improve urban mobility. The assessment stage of SHIFT+ enables local authorities to understand how best to develop an effective path towards ecomobility. The benefits of a city undergoing SHIFT+ are:

  • Analyze the performance and situation in the city to identify areas for further improvement and thus strengthen the mobility plans
  • Understand the status of the mobility system and its contribution to sustainable development
  • Gain feedback for the efforts put in by the city leaders in improving the city’s mobility system
  • Access and contribute to knowledge and good practice examples
  • Become more efficient and effective in decision making with improved priorities
  • Give recognition to the city leaders of the work done to improve quality of life for residents
  • Become a source of inspiration to other cities

EcoMobility SHIFT + indicators

While the original EcoMobility SHIFT scheme examines 20 indicators, the EcoMobility SHIFT+ scheme examines 23 indicators under three categories: Enablers, Transport system and services, and Performance.

Enablers

E1: Understanding user’s needs & public participation
E2: Vision, strategy & leadership
E3: Human resources
E4: Finance for ecomobility
E5: Monitoring, evaluation, review
E6: Preparedness for the future of mobility

Transport systems & services

TSS 1: Walking conditions
TSS 2: Cycling conditions
TSS 3: Public transport usability & reliability
TSS 4: Equitable access
TSS 5: Shared mobility services
TSS 6: Engagement with informal mobility
TSS 7: Intermodal integration & information services
TSS 8: EcoLogistics
TSS 9: Low emission vehicles
TSS 10: Planning of city areas
TSS 11: Parking
TSS 12: Low-speed/ car-free zones

Performance

P1: Modal split
P2: Safety
P3: Local air quality
P4: Travel time
P5: GHG emissions

EcoMobility SHIFT+ process

(Self-) assessment

(Self-) assessment process allows cities to measure performance and by assessing a set of indicators. A city can independently conduct an assessment or request EcoMobility team for support.

Analyse

Analyse process allows cities to identify specific strengths and weaknesses in the fields of passenger transport and mobility so that the city can prioritize.

Act

Act to improve the urban mobility system. A repository of strategies is also provided to select priorities for implementation.

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Published on 15 July 2013

EcoMobility SHIFT Public Report 2013

This report describes the outcomes and the results of the EcoMobility Scheme to Incentivize Energy-Efficient Transport Project (EcoMobility SHIFT), people involved in developing this scheme and the results from the cities that have implemented the scheme.

It points out the importance of EcoMobility SHIFT for the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) guidance material along with the main lessons learnt during the project and concluding with thoughts on possible next steps, viewed from the challenge of making urban mobility more sustainable across Europe as quickly as possible.

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