Researchers :

Emmanuel d'Ieteren , Arnaud De Groof, Sylvaine Morelle

Description :

ARTISTS aims at producing holistic analyses of problems and methods for improving the environmental and living conditions (traffic safety, air-pollution, accessibility, etc.) on and along the arterial streets in our European cities.

Summary :

ARTISTS, a joint European Project funded by the European Commission, is a part of Key Action "City of Tomorrow and Cultural Heritage" in the Fifth Framework Programme "Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development". The project, involving 7 City partners and 9 Research partners, was started on December 1, 2001 and will be finalised at the end of November 2004.


The primary aim of this project is to develop Best Practice Guidelines, for city authorities throughout the European Union, to re-design and re-organise arterial streets in such a way as to improve the physical environment of the corridors while contributing to the implementation of more sustainable urban transport systems. The project also aims to improve the basis for decisions regarding reconstruction of arterial streets, taking into account a broad set of social, economic and environmental factors. Creating and testing innovative tools that promote the discussion of the various functions of arterial streets, physical design and traffic control options are a central objective of the research. There are seven specific objectives for ARTISTS:

  1. Devising objective definitions of the different forms of arterial streets, their functions and the various user groups involved.

  2. Measuring the 'performance' of arterial streets, in terms of a range of criteria extending from mobility to environmental and social factors.

  3. Making explicit the various choices and trade-offs that are involved in deciding on transport services, traffic control and the allocation of road space for arterial streets.

  4. Assessment of existing implementation processes including public involvement and decision making.

  5. Innovative tools for generating alternative options for design, function and traffic control.

  6. Options that can contribute to meeting agreed performance targets, while respecting cultural diversity.

  7. Testing and enhancing, in a series of site demonstrations, the various methodologies development during the course of the project.

  8. Producing a 'user friendly' set of Best Practice Guidelines based on the above.


    WP1 - Design of an Assessment Framework
    WP2 - Comparative Assessment of European arterial streets
    WP3 - Alternative solutions for Arterial streets
    WP4 - Best Practice for the Future
    WP5 - Dissemination
    WP6 - Project Management

    The CEESE is involved in the workpackage 1 (WP1) of ARTISTS. This work-package, WP1, will develop the basic research tools for the project in its entirety. It will, to a large extent, define the content of the project and the structure of data collection and data analyses in the remaining work-packages. More specifically, this work-package will design an assessment framework including concepts and measures to describe arterial streets with particular regard to their forms, multiple functions, user groups, etc. It is here that assessment tools to determine their overall performance will be sought, and efforts made to ensure that the concepts, measures and tools are practically applied in later work-packages.

    WP1 will be in progress for almost the whole project-period. The proposed assessment framework will undergo constant testing, and thus refinement, throughout the project.


    Contacts : Emmanuel d'Ieteren, Arnaud De Groof, Sylvaine Morelle

    Begin of the project : January 2002
    End draft WP1 : March 2003


Arterial Streets Towards Sustainability (ARTISTS)