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Evaluation of urban mobility actions in the framework of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans: The case of the Great Walk in the Municipality of Athens

Spyropoulos Alexandros

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Year 2021
Type of Item Diploma Work
Bibliographic Citation Alexandros Spyropoulos, "Evaluation of urban mobility actions in the framework of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans: The case of the Great Walk in the Municipality of Athens", Diploma Work, School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece, 2021
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Urban mobility management presents great potential for the development of cities but can also be proven to be a major challenge. As the transition towards sustainability is a rather complex as well as long-term process, often during the planning process, local authorities and stakeholders are confronted with many problems, most of which are related to the lack of clear strategic objectives and effective strategic tools. In order to overcome these obstacles, the European Union has been actively promoting Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) over the last decade, which are being adopted by various municipalities to achieve a successful transition to a people-centred transport and mobility system based on the three pillars of sustainability (environment, society, economy).The aim of this thesis is to evaluate an improvement action of urban mobility integrated in the framework of sustainable mobility policy, examining the strengths and weaknesses as well as the opportunities and threats of the plan of the Municipality of Athens for the establishment of the Great Walk using SWOT analysis. The identification of the SWOT factors was carried out through the implementation of a questionnaire and its completion by stakeholders operating in the nearby area as well as experts in decision-making processes, local governance, transport, urban planning and infrastructure sectors. Afterwards, by combining the SWOT analysis and the AHP (Analytical Hierarchy Method), a pairwise comparison of the individual elements of each factor took place, aiming at identifying the strongest encouraging (Strengths and Opportunities) and hindering factors (Weaknesses and Threats) to achieve the sustainability of the Great Walk. Subsequently, by combining these factors, priorities were identified and finally proposals were highlighted that could contribute to the development of a sustainable strategic plan for the Great Walk. The strategies and policies proposed mainly concern the improvement of the institutional and organisational framework and the integration of the project within the framework of a strategic plan such as the SUMP, as well as the use of innovation and the gradual adoption of sustainable practices.

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