Request for proposals: Training programmes on urban planning for Urban Cycling

By the present procurement procedure, the EIT KIC Urban Mobility S.L. hereby being referred to as “EIT UM” is aiming to identify a supplier capable of designing and delivering two applied courses on the topic of ‘Urban planning for urban cycling’ in Denmark and France.

Europe is leading global decarbonising transport efforts, which do not rely on one single solution. Cities are home to 75% of EU citizens, which differ in size, geography, and local economy. European cities face increasing challenges to provide effective, resilient, and low emission transport networks that improve the liveability and economic activity while curbing their environmental impact. In response, policymakers and local authorities are seeking pathways to develop a more diverse and flexible transport system, where cycling is viewed as a key part of an active, multi-modal, and integrated transport system.

Despite the positive impact of cycling in cities, there are still challenges to its greater uptake, while approaches vary significantly depending on the local context. Even within countries, the level of cycling varies significantly between cities. This is a result of variations in the local political, cultural, economic, and historical contexts, as well as different topographies and climates. In some contexts of the pan-European region, cycling is not viewed as an equal mode of transport and is not fully incorporated into national policies on transport, health, and environment, nor, in many cases, is it included in curriculums for future city planners.

The increased demand for appropriate cycling infrastructure across European cities poses challenges to the local authorities investing in the extension of their cycling network. The transport professionals across Europe are faced with an increased need to develop their own expertise and technical skills in design of cycle routes, and by extension cycling networks, that are safe, direct, cohesive, comfortable, and attractive.

The general objective of these Applied Courses on the topic of ‘Urban planning for urban cycling’ is to improve or develop the capacity of practitioners and executives to design, implement, and/or improve cycling policies that respond to users’ needs and urban bicycle infrastructure design tailored to the context of cities in Denmark and France.

Course design and objectives

As per the previous chapter, the EIT UM is accepting proposals for two Applied Courses, which are mainly synchronous, held either online (entails collaboration, and interactivity), “on-site”, or in a blended format. The courses should demonstrate potential to be replicable/scalable and be part of the EIT Urban Mobility Competence Hub’s Financial Sustainability strategy of 2024; therefore, the proposal is to present a detailed business plan covering the delivery of the course in 2024 (see details in 2.2.). 

The supplier will ensure the scope of the courses can improve the capacity of practitioners and executives to develop ambitious cycling policies, design quality bicycle infrastructure, and advocate for cycling mobility in their respective cities within Denmark and France.

The supplier will ensure the programme of the courses will cover specialized knowledge and expertise in bicycle urbanism, best practices in bikeable cities, infrastructure design, equitable mobility, and communication strategies. The supplier will ensure the participants will be developing capacity to effectively communicate and promote cycling mobility within their organizations, local communities, and beyond. The supplier will ensure the participants compare their local context and mobility policies with the host city, to gain insights into how to adapt and tailor cycling initiatives to suit specific urban environments. The supplier will ensure that the outcomes of the course will provide participants with knowledge on data collection techniques, enabling them to gather valuable information that can support evidence-based decision-making in their organization’s cycling initiatives.

Check the Request for Proposals here.

To apply, please send the completed and signed Tender´s Submission and Declaration Form.

Deadline for submissions : 15 March 2024 at 16:00h (CET)