There is a great team of expert partners dedicated to making sure Switch works. Here is a picture of them all, with representatives from the 5 implementation cities too, at the first Switch meeting in Vienna during the summer of 2014.
The Institute for Transport Studies is based in the Department of Spatial, Landscape and Infrastructure Sciences at The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna.
The Institute for Transport Studies specifically focuses on the development of future transport systems to guarantee access and mobility for people and goods in changing conditions such as demographic developments, scarce fossil fuel resources and climate change.
The Institute is the official coordinator of Switch, leading the project management and serving as an expert for personalised travel planning and evaluation methods.
BOKU has expertise in research and data collection for travel behaviour, transport planning, data modelling and transport assessment methods. Their work is ued to inform personalised travel planning and other travel behaviour influencing strategies.
Intelligent Health is a Health IT company specialising in encouraging individuals to make behavioural changes to become more physically active and therefore enhance physical and mental wellbeing.
Intelligent Health combine technology, behaviour change modelling and a deep understanding of healthcare to get more people physically active and healthier. They use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to track people’s walking and cycling journeys via sensors/readers placed in the public realm. The technology consists of smartcards, registered to individuals which, when touched on a reader, transfer data.
The European Cyclists’ Federation represents cycling organisations worldwide, giving them a voice at the international level.
ECF actively promotes cycling as a sustainable and healthy means of transportation and recreation. Through the Cities for Cyclists network and the Combined Mobility Platform, ECF advises a change in urban planning and political thinking and introduces cycle-friendly perspectives in planning and policy practicies.
ECF is a Switch technical expert.
EIP is a consultancy company based in Romania, with additional offices in Italy. The company undertakes consultancy for city authorities, operators and the private sector. Their primary fields of work are in awareness-raising, communications & marketing on sustainability issues, project & consortium management, securing funding and within European sustainable transport initiatives and EU structural funds and project support.
EIP is a Switch technical expert coordinating the evaluation of Switch success.
The National Institute of Public Health of the Republic of Slovenia is a government agency with national accountability and responsibility for the promotion of public health for communicable and non-communicable diseases, behavioural risk factors, environmental health, health impact assessment, health systems and mental health.
NIJZ is also the main Slovenian institution for public health practice, research and education and functions as the central health statistical authority too.
NIJZ is a technical expert for Switch for (public) health knowledge. Through
Dr Janet Djomba, a specialist in public health, who works both at the NIJZ and the Faculty of Medicine in the Department of Public Health, The institue contributes experience in health promotion campaigns; using health indicator data for promoting healthy behaviours and evaluating the health effects of campaigns. Dr Djomba's particular expertise includes planning and evaluating physical activity promotion; physical activity in a health care setting; building multi-sector partnerships for the promotion of active transport targeting different population groups; the education of medicine students and health professionals; and research.
Polis is a network of European cities and regions working together to deploy innovative solutions for more sustainable mobility.
Polis fosters cooperation and partnerships across Europe with the aim of making transport research and innovation accessible to cities and regions. The network aims to improve local transport through integrated strategies that address the economic, social and environmental dimensions of transport.
Polis supports Switch with the implementation of the campaigns, relying on its expertise and network. Polis is also coordinating the dissemination of the Switch successes to its network.
Rupprecht Consult is an independent private research and consultancy company, based in Cologne since 1996.
They contribute to the sustainable development of cities and regions by focusing on urban and regional development, transport and mobility, environmental protection, information technologies and, generally, innovation to society.
The company employs a team of experienced consultants and are part of an international network of stakeholders in sustainable development.
In Switch, Rupprecht Consult (RC) is an expert partner and is responsible for take-up and knowledge transfer in the Implementation and Follower Cities. They do this through:
The Call for Follower Cities.
A series of workshops to explain how to prepare, implement and evaluate a Switch campaign.
Webinars to assist critical aspects of campaigning.
The Switch toolbox
Walk21 champions the development of healthy, sustainable and efficient communities where people choose to walk.
Through an annual international conference series and the International Charter for Walking, Walk21 are realising a vision to create communities where people want to and are able to walk as a way to travel, to be healthy and to relax.
The Walk21 international network seeks to support and inspire professionals, politicians and the community to evolve the best policies and implement the best initiatives, which create and promote environments where people choose to walk.
Walk21 is a technical expert for Switch and is also coordianting the delivery of this website.