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Conference: Towards sustainable mobility – one neighbourhood at a time

How can citizens help improve traffic safety? Find out from VUB researchers on 20 October! 

On 20 October 2020, four European research projects will showcase new ways of urban mobility planning that enables people to co-create solutions to improve their neighbourhoods. This free three-hour online conference is co-organised by the VUB’s Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology Research Centre (MOBI). You can register here. 

For three years, researchers from the VUB’s MOBI Research Centre led the Looper project. This project developed a co-creation methodology and platform to help find solutions to urban problems. Citizens collaborated with researchers and policy makers in three living labs focusing on different issues: traffic safety in Brussels; air quality in Verona; and traffic safety and urban greenspaces in Manchester. 

The Looper project is a demonstration of ‘learning loops’ in the urban realm. A learning loop is a new way of decision-making, which brings together citizens, stakeholders and policymakers to learn how to address urban challenges in a participatory co-creation platform. Citizens and stakeholders debate on topical issues, then frame the problem and collect data on it. The Looper platform visualises the collected data and enables the co-design of solutions. Following a participatory evaluation of the co-designed ideas, the best ideas are put into practice and their impact is monitored. This ‘loop’ is repeated in order to enable further improvements. 

In Brussels, the Looper living lab improved traffic safety in Schaerbeek, where VUB MOBI cooperated with BRAL Citizen Action Brussels with the support of the local government of Schaerbeek and the Ecole 10 school. As a result of a year-long co-creation process with local residents, a mandala was painted by children at one of the dangerous intersection of the neighbourhood to raise awareness of traffic safety and the redesign of another dangerous intersection was initiated. Then learning form this experience, co-creation was applied to improve safety around schools by implementing a school street in the Dailly neighbourhood. 

The results from the research projects METAMORPHOSIS, SUNRISE and Cities-4-People will also be presented during this conference. Like the Looper project, these projects focused on the improvement of neighbourhoods through the active involvement of residents. 

The conference will be held online on 20 October from 14:00 to 17:00 CET. You can register via this link. 

If you are interested in how co-creation can help to improve mobility in Brussels, you can also join the local virtual outreach event as part of the annual MOBI Seminar on 24 November between 11:00-12:00. You can register here .