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EC 5th FW: Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
Key Action 4: The City of Tomorrow and Cultural Heritage

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Last update 25.10.2005


New means to PROMote Pedestrian Traffic in cities

The project and its objectives

PROMPT is a joint European research effort funded by the European Commission under the Key Action “The City of Tomorrow and Cultural Heritage” of its Fifth Framework Programme “Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development”. The project includes six participating countries: Finland, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, Belgium and France. The duration of the project is 36 months from the beginning of March 2000 to the end of February 2003.

The general goal of the project is to promote non-motorized transport in cities with particular focus on pedestrian traffic. For this purpose we aim at finding solutions to improve city living conditions and the quality of cities for pedestrians. Our objective is to identify best practices as well as to develop new tools and generic solutions for problem identification, problem solving and implementation of proper measures. Further, we will disseminate the results effectively for various end-users. This all is expected to increase walking in cities, which in turn will, among other things:

  • promote other non-motorized transport modes and the use of public transport instead of private car,
  • abate harmful impacts of transport on the environment,

  • improve the accessibility of public spaces,

  • improve the health of citizens,

  • improve their equality and

  • decrease costs of road investments, building repair, pollution abatement, accidents, health care, etc.

For more information contact:

Mr. Jukka Räsänen, Civ.Eng, Sr. Research Scientist
P.O.Box 1800, FIN-02044 VTT, Finland

Dr. Eric Ponthieu, Scientific Officer
European Commission
Directorate General Research
Key Action City of Tomorrow and Cultural Heritage
Rue de la Loi 200, B-1049 Bruxelles, Belgium