As part of the Interreg REFORM project, a consortium of seven organisations, located in five different European countries, supports the implementation and deployment of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) as an instrument for shifting mobility towards low-carbon patterns. This project gives particular attention to regions which play a central role to encourage the adoption of SUMPs by local authorities, including small towns and medium-sized cities.
Collection of 26 Good Practices
Last week the Romanian Government approved the funding of more than €400 million of European funds to provide brand new trams, trolleybuses and electric buses across the country. Funds will also encompass recharging points and intelligent transport equipment – as well as upgrading the current fleet of school buses used by municipalities and local administrations across the country to Diesel Euro 6.
In 2018, the municipalities of Madrid and Buenos Aires have signed a commitment to promote sustainable urban regeneration, within the framework of the European Union's International Urban Cooperation Programme (IUC-LAC) initiative for Latin America and the Caribbean. This EU Programme aims to support cities in different parts of the world to connect and share solutions to common problems in their sustainable urban development, within the framework of the New Urban Agenda and the fight against climate change.
The Council of the Lombardia Region has approved the criteria to allocate funds to municipalities for the design and implementation of safety measures for cycle paths.
The rate of accidents involving cyclists in municipalities with a population of less than 20,000 inhabitants, as shown by data provided by the Italian national institute of statistics (ISTAT), is still significant. Regional administrators decided to tackle the issue with targeted interventions to improve the safety of cycle paths, considering also the expected increase of the number of cyclists.
Westminster Council, the local authority responsible for central London, has cancelled plans to pedestrianise Oxford Street, one of the capital's main shopping streets. London’s mayor Sadiq Khan has called the decision a “betrayal”.
Air pollution is clearly one of the major challenges in London. On the one hand, it is the subject of alarming reports about the damage it causes, on the other hand many recent policy actions are being introduced that aim to tackle the problem. Now, an international research team is starting a study to investigate whether policies such as London's planned Ultra Low Emission Zone are having an impact, not only to improve air quality but also to improve children’s health.
Applications are now open for this year's CIVITAS Awards! Towns and cities - submit your entries by 13 July 2018 to be in with a chance of winning Europe's most prestigious prizes for clean urban transport.
The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, joined other European leaders in signing a declaration at the European Metropolitan Transport Authorities (EMTA) conference, reaffirming their collective ambition to achieve low to zero-carbon transport networks in cities and metropolitan areas across Europe, as reported by Transport for Greater Manchester.
The event in Paris, which marked the associations 20th anniversary, was also attended by the French Transport Minister, Elisabeth Borne.
April and May 2018 saw the inauguration of two innovative pilot projects on the ‘electrification of roads’. Both could help support the transition to carbon neutral transport. While one project attempts to generate clean energy through a photovoltaic road surface, the other aims to provide electric power and recharge vehicles during their journey.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has confirmed that the capital’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be expanded in 2021 beyond the centre of the city to include the area within the inner ring road, i.e. to the boundary of the North and South Circular.
"Pilot project study on innovative ways of sustainably financing public transport" carried out by CENIT and Prognos as part of a consortium led by COWI was commissioned by DG MOVE. The Final report is available from EUROPA in the EU Bookshop under the Transport Policy theme. The report abstract states that;
As an important access point to The Netherlands and the city of Amsterdam, Schiphol funnels over 68 million passengers through the airport on an annual basis. Added to that; over 60 thousand people work in and around the airport.
Online information portals on travel options are becoming more and more popular. Livingston County in Scotland has now started the rural version of its new mobility management website targeted at individuals as well as services that are planning trips or giving advice on behalf of others.
In the coming weeks, the Scottish Government will set out Transport Bill before the Scottish Parliament, before the Parliament enters its summer break at the end of June. The campaign group Transform Scotland published a set of suggestions that it called on the Scottish Government to include in the Bill, including a ban on pavement parking and levies on non-residential parking.
Official data from the European Environment Agency (EEA) on the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of the European Union show that there was a small reduction in GHG emissions (0.4%) in 2016 compared to the previous year. The reduction was delivered as a result of the EU using less coal for heat and electricity production, which compensated for the fact that emissions from the transport sector actually increased for the third year in a row.
Violations of EU clean air rules have resulted in the start of infringement procedures against France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Romania and the United Kingdom.
The European Commission recognises cities that take bold measures to tackle environmental and social challenges with City Awards.
These prestigious awards promote and reward the efforts that individual cities make in a wide range of areas from fair and ethical trade, accessibility, environmental sustainability and transport, tourism, to innovation and tackling cultural challenges.
London’s walking and cycling commissioner, Will Norman, has expressed concern at the diversity of the current cycling community that is dominated by white, middle-aged men. As a result, he is considering introducing diversity targets to encourage more women and people from ethnic minority groups to cycle.
"Learn it today. Apply it tomorrow." A bold statement, right? One we intend to make true as of today! Traffic and transport professionals around the globe can pan out, learning from proven Dutch design principles and policy-making, while immersing themselves in the ‘Dutch experience’. This premise is the basis of two practical 5-day trainings offered in the Netherlands this fall: Cycling Infrastructure and a training Road Safety.