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City centres can be designated as no-fly zones under new EU rules for operating drones

Eltis - Ven, 14/06/2019 - 10:49
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On 24 May 2019, the European Commission adopted EU rules on operating drones.  Among a list of measures, Member States will be able to establish "no-fly zones" over city centres and other areas, such as airports. The new rules also address registration of operators and identification of drones and are designed to ensure drone traffic across Europe is safe and secure for people on the ground and in the air.

Publication of the second edition of the SUMP Guidelines

Eltis - Gio, 13/06/2019 - 13:16
Language English The draft second edition of the European SUMP Guidelines has been published for stakeholders and practitioners to review and provide feedback. Online feedback is invited until 9 July 2019 and the revised Guidelines will be discussed in detail at the sixth annual SUMP Conference in Groningen, 17-18 June 2019. Interested parties can download the drafts, provide feedback on the main document - or email section authors directly using feedback links provided to give their thoughts.

London to have the world’s first hydrogen double-decker buses

Eltis - Lun, 10/06/2019 - 11:51
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Transport for London (TfL) has ordered the ‘world’s first’ 20 hydrogen double-decker buses to be introduced on three London bus routes in 2020. These vehicles will emit no pollution and are powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and a battery pack.

Slovenia launches integrated public transport nation-wide

Eltis - Lun, 10/06/2019 - 10:46
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From the start of June 2019, Slovenia boasts an improved public transport offering. This follows the national government’s decision of April 2019 to introduce a new integrated system of public transport for passengers. This decree introduced significant improvements in terms of ticketing and public transport provision.

Bilbao leads the commitment to sustainable mobility in Spain

Eltis - Mer, 05/06/2019 - 12:00
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Bilbao tops the ranking of the main Spanish cities for its commitment to sustainable mobility thanks to an increase in the cities pedestrian zones, according to a study conducted by Greenpeace.

MobiliseYourCity Bike Tour

Eltis - Mar, 04/06/2019 - 14:00
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MobiliseYourCity has organised a cycling trip from Amsterdam to Groningen (The Netherlands), the host city of the 6th European SUMP conference (17-18 June).

From 15-16 June, the 2-day cycling trip will involve 10 hours of cycling across 192km from Amsterdam and Groningen, and is aimed at you, your colleagues and the MobiliseYourCity Secretariat Team (bikes, food and accommodation are not provided).

Why?

Scottish councils to have the option to introduce a workplace parking levy

Eltis - Lun, 03/06/2019 - 12:15
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The Scottish government is about to introduce an amendment to the Scottish Transport Bill that will give local councils in the country the option of introducing a workplace parking levy. By doing this, it is taking up a pledge of the Scottish Greens and hopes to reduce congestion in Scottish municipalities. The respective amendments to the bill will be introduced before the summer.

Bike, bus, metro, foot: going intermodal

Eltis - Lun, 03/06/2019 - 11:30
Language English Intermodality is the smart future of urban mobility. Cities are under increasing pressure to offer public mobility options that combine several means of transport to reduce the use of private cars.

London Underground to use passenger's Wi-Fi data to improve services

Eltis - Ven, 31/05/2019 - 10:26
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In 2016, an innovative pilot that collected depersonalised Wi-Fi data from customers on London Underground demonstrated how technology could be used to reduce overcrowding and prioritise transport investment. The trial was undertaken by Transport for London (TfL), which is responsible for transport in the UK capital.   

Bikes beat traffic

Eltis - Gio, 30/05/2019 - 16:30
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On 3 June the UN celebrates World Bicycle Day to promote sustainable transportation and road safety. We report from Turkey, where Tepebaşı, a district of Istanbul, aims to revive a once very vibrant biking culture which was largely replaced by motorised transportation

Two EU-funded projects conclude their work on urban freight distribution

Eltis - Mer, 29/05/2019 - 15:34
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Cities, particularly the largest agglomerations in Europe, are struggling to reduce traffic congestion and transport-related emissions, as they try to improve mobility and air quality for residents and tourists. Each day, a significant proportion of trips in urban areas is made using diesel-powered trucks, which deliver different kinds of goods to private sector customers throughout the day. However, it is not only the goods delivered to private businesses that contribute to increased traffic flows, as the public sector is one of the main customers for the products that trucks deliver.

EU project boosts use of electric vehicles in Valladolid

Eltis - Mer, 29/05/2019 - 12:54
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Municipal staff in Valladolid, Spain, are going electric in their daily work. With a fleet of 13 e-cars, the municipality is leading by example in adopting a more ecological behaviour thanks to EU-funded project REMOURBAN.

Apply for the CIVITAS Awards 2019 - Europe's top sustainable mobility prizes

Eltis - Mer, 29/05/2019 - 10:58
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The call has been launched for applications for this year's CIVITAS Awards. Towns and cities are invited to apply by 19 July 2019 to be in with a chance of winning Europe's most prestigious prize for clean urban transport.

The Awards provide a unique platform for towns and cities to demonstrate their pioneering sustainable urban mobility activities. Winning towns and cities enjoy Europe-wide exposure of their work and become role models that inspire others to go for greener mobility.

Central and Eastern European cities share their SUMP experiences

Eltis - Mer, 29/05/2019 - 10:52
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Towns and cities all across Europe experience unique local challenges when developing their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP). Geographical and cultural contexts play a major role and mean that a diversified approach to SUMP development is necessary.

But what are these differences? How do they impact on and differentiate SUMP development?

A new podcast from three CIVITAS SUMP projects (PROSPERITY, SUITS, and SUMPs-Up) sheds light on the challenges that towns and cities in Eastern and Central Europe face when developing and implementing their SUMPs.

UK announces funding to support hydrogen vehicles and infrastructure

Eltis - Mar, 28/05/2019 - 11:26
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The UK Government has announced that it is supporting Monmouthshire County Council in Wales and a local manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to establish a fleet of 20 hydrogen cars.

Brussels' and London's access regulations show signs of success

Eltis - Lun, 27/05/2019 - 10:58
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Brussels and London are amongst the European cities that have recently further developed their respective urban vehicle access regulation schemes. Both have introduced stricter rules for older, more polluting vehicles that want to access defined areas within each city. In both cases, the first evaluation results indicate positive impacts in terms of emissions and compliance with the new regulations.

Brussels' and London's access regulations show signs of success

Eltis - Lun, 27/05/2019 - 10:58
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Brussels and London are amongst the European cities that have recently further developed their respective urban vehicle access regulation schemes. Both have introduced stricter rules for older, more polluting vehicles that want to access defined areas within each city. In both cases, the first evaluation results indicate positive impacts in terms of emissions and compliance with the new regulations.

Prague is exploring water trams

Eltis - Mer, 22/05/2019 - 10:00
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Prague City Hall is exploring the idea of introducing water trams to transport people up and down the Vtlava, the river running through the Czech capital.

The City Council approved calls for a study to show how the project could be implemented. The proposed water tram routes would become an integral part of Prague’s transport system and complement the current ferries that connect the two banks of the river.

Prague is exploring water trams

Eltis - Mer, 22/05/2019 - 10:00
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Prague City Hall is exploring the idea of introducing water trams to transport people up and down the Vtlava, the river running through the Czech capital.

The City Council approved calls for a study to show how the project could be implemented. The proposed water tram routes would become an integral part of Prague’s transport system and complement the current ferries that connect the two banks of the river.

CIVITAS Forum 2019 - calls for contributions, exhibitors and sponsors ends 31 May

Eltis - Mar, 21/05/2019 - 14:00
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The calls for contributions, exhibitors and sponsors are currently open for this year's CIVITAS Forum closing 31 May 2019. For more information about the event, including the draft programme and full details on travel and accommodation, visit the event page here.

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