The Smart and Sustainable Mobility Accelerator (SSMA) commenced its Local Authority staff training track this week, and the workshop for the Eastern and Midland Region was held in Dublin on September 27th, 2023.
The SSMA programme and the Sustainable Mobility Academy (online platform), developed by the Regional Assemblies and BABLE Smart Cities and supported by the Department of Transport, represent a holistic training and capacity-building workshop series designed to empower local authorities and stakeholders in the execution of smart and sustainable mobility projects. At its core, the programme seeks to enhance participants’ knowledge, skills, and comprehension of sustainable and smart mobility, while fostering enhanced cross-sectoral collaboration at the grassroots level. Through immersive training sessions and access to valuable resources, local authorities will have the opportunity to identify and nurture pioneering projects, all while benefiting from invaluable peer networking and shared learning experiences. Importantly, this initiative is aligned with the National Sustainable Mobility Policy (SMP) Action Plan 2022-2025.
The workshop was well attended by cross-departmental representatives from the majority of local authorities within the Region, and the participants will next engage in a series of five half-day virtual training sessions, each delving into diverse and pivotal topics including:
- The Future of Mobility
- Spatial Planning for Sustainable Mobility
- Effective Behaviour Change Strategies for Mobility Transition
- Governance and Smart Policies
- Collaboration and Co-creation
- Innovative Financing and Procurement
- Evidence-Based Sustainable Transport Planning
The program will culminate in a comprehensive final conference scheduled for November 15th 2023, which will convene all regional assemblies in person. Furthermore, ongoing mentorship sessions led by experts will be integrated into the capacity-building sessions and continue post-conference.
For additional information regarding training sessions and a wealth of resources, including use cases and forums, we invite you to visit the Sustainable Mobility Academy platform, which was officially launched on September 1st.