In addition to taking into account ecological and economic aspects of sustainable, active mobility, the health effects of actively travelling to work for employees in companies form the core of ActNow. Building on the GISMO project and other research results from MdZ, ActNow aims to demonstrate the full potential of active mobility in the context of commuting to work and the associated everyday routes, in particular those that accompany children, and to realise this in the test area of Salzburg and Upper Austria as well as in individual large companies throughout Austria. The application of evidence-based planning methods and planning tools is another integrative component of the project. An intersectoral policy board will accompany the ActNow project.
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The project is an accompanying study on the preparation and implementation of a nationwide, technology-supported mobility survey, funded by the BMVIT. Up-to-date and proven survey technologies and procedures will be analyzed with their advantages and disadvantages and put together in a modular way to a viable survey concept for the call for tenders.
It is a broad involvement of all relevant actors, such as Federal states, cities, ÖBB, ASFINAG, to adapt the requirements of a nationwide mobility survey to the needs. The project also includes the quality assurance and plausibility checks during and after the survey phase, as well as the quality assurance of the weighting and extrapolation and the data analysis.
At the next consumer wxpenditure survey (2019/20), the Institute for Transport will be cooperating with Statistik Austria to gather information on time use and travel behaviour over one week in a sample of about 1000 persons in addition to consumer expenditures. As part of the survey, the activity level of the individuals is also recorded in detail. For this purpose, the diary and the personal questionnaire will be adapted accordingly.
The Austrian Transport Model is essential for national transport planning and forecasts as well as basis for scientific works and political decision making. Starting in 2019, an updated version is planned. Task 4 is dealing with the development of an appropriate data collection methodology (combining revealed and stated preference surveys) to collect and evaluate freight transport data as input for the new transport model.
Autonomous vehicle (AV) trials are currently taking place worldwide and Europe has a key role in the development of relevant technology. Yet, very limited research exists regarding the wider implications of the deployment of such vehicles on existing road infrastructure, since it is unclear if and when the transition period will start and conclude.
It is anticipated that improved accessibility and road safety will constitute the primary benefits of the widespread use of AVs, whilst co-benefits may also include reduced energy consumption, improved air quality or better use of urban space. Therefore, the focus of this COST Action is on observed and anticipated future mobility trends and implications on travel behaviour, namely car sharing, travel time use or residential location choice to name a few. Other important issues to be explored under different deployment scenarios are social, ethical, institutional and business impacts.
To achieve this, it is essential to culminate co-operation between a wide range of stakeholders at a local, national and international level, including academics and practitioners. Consequently, this COST Action will facilitate collaboration within Europe and beyond about this emerging topic of global interest.