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Regional Park and Rides should relieve congestion in Prague

Ven, 30/11/2018 - 15:54
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The City of Prague is struggling with the high number of incoming commuter cars and a subsequent shortage of parking spaces. The capital’s new governing coalition has sought the help of the neighbouring region of Central Bohemia to address the issue.

Call launched for cities to join next round of SUMPs-Up learning programme

Gio, 29/11/2018 - 15:21
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CIVITAS SUMPs-Up has opened a call for cities to take part in its next SUMP Learning Programme (SLP). This will focus on SUMP implementation, financing and procurement. The application deadline is 12.00 CET on 11 January 2019.

Extended pedestrianisation plans for Paris

Mer, 28/11/2018 - 16:08
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Paris Mayor Anna Hidalgo has called for the city’s historic centre to be closed for traffic every Sunday from the end of 2019. Starting in autumn 2018, much of the city centre already becomes exclusively pedestrianised for one Sunday of every month. The plans presented by the Mayor detail wide-ranging measures in four of Paris’ inner-city districts to cut of car traffic. Well known and instantly recognisable tourist attractions such as the Louvre or the cathedral of Notre Dame are within the area included in the plans.

Cycling could double in Londen with shared e-bike systems

Mer, 28/11/2018 - 12:47
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Shared e-bikes, implemented at scale, could double the number of bicycle trips in London, increasing their modal share and reducing congestion and pollution. A recent report by Steer suggests that 813 000 daily trips in Greater London could switch to shared e-bikes. This would lead to 21 000 fewer hours spent in traffic and 184 fewer metric tons of CO2 emissions every day.

‘Switchable trips’

Vienna produces guidelines for e-scooter sharing services

Mer, 28/11/2018 - 12:43
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Having experienced the challenges with the roll out of free-floating bike sharing services, Vienna is now having to deal with a new mobility sharing service: e-scooter sharing services, including free-floating services that do not make use of any fixed infrastructure. As with shared bicycles, shared e-scooters use the streets and cycle networks of Vienna and are parked on pavements.

ITF releases 'Safer City Streets: Global Benchmarking for Urban Road Safety'

Mar, 27/11/2018 - 01:00
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Safer City Streets, the worldwide traffic safety network for liveable cities recently published its first global benchmark of urban road safety. The data, collected from 31 cities in 20 countries reveals striking differences in road safety performance between cities.

Seven ‘Low Emission Bus Zones’ now in full operation in London

Ven, 23/11/2018 - 12:18
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As part of the London Mayor’s intention to decrease concentrations of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) at roadside locations in the UK capital, seven ‘Low Emission Bus Zones’ (LEBZs) are now in full operation in the city. Eventually, the plan is to have 12 LEBZs across London, with the Mayor announcing five new LEBZs on a visit to New Cross in South London.

Updated legal and privacy policy on Eltis

Ven, 23/11/2018 - 10:44
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The Eltis Portal has updated its legal and privacy policies.

Quantum computers as a support to urban mobility management

Lun, 19/11/2018 - 10:38
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The management of the evolution of mobility requires the use of increasingly sophisticated equipment and to meet the growing needs of urban planners and transport providers, the Volkswagen group is testing works on quantum computers to help reduce congestion and optimise traffic flow.

Vienna's 'school street' project could be extended

Lun, 19/11/2018 - 08:34
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Vienna’s pilot project on banning cars at the start of the school day (see related ELTIS News) has ended and has turned out to be a success. In the course of the pilot, Vienna closed the access road to the “Vereinsgasse” primary school in the Leopoldstadt district of the city to cars and other motorised vehicles at the start of the school day, i.e. between 7.45 and 8.15.

ITF: Multi-sector effort needed to decarbonise urban passenger transport

Ven, 16/11/2018 - 18:16
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Urban passenger transport should become autonomous, shared and electric in order to bring down carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, says the International Transport Forum (ITF). But above all, multiple policy sectors need to be involved. The OECD-affiliated think tank asked 36 experts about their views on the decarbonisation of urban passenger transport. Their key points are listed in the report Policy priorities for decarbonising urban passenger transport.

Europe to be given equal billing in an EV charging company's electric car grid plan

Ven, 16/11/2018 - 14:45
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A Silicon Valley-based company, who supply charging hardware and software and run one of the world’s largest electric vehicle charging station grids, plan to divide a considerable expansion scope equally between United States (its home market) and Europe, according to the firm’s chief executive. 

A Bus Safety Standard to be introduced in London on all new vehicles by 2024

Ven, 09/11/2018 - 14:58
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The red, double-decker London bus is a well-known feature of the United Kingdom's capital city. It is estimated that around 6.5 million passengers are transported every day on London buses, and they are a vital service for the old, young, disabled and lower-income London residents.

A new Bus Safety Standard, which details bus safety requirements that all bus operators will need to endorse up to 2024, has been published by TfL (London Transport Authority) and comes as part of an approach to reach zero deaths on or by a bus in London by 2030.

Switzerland adopts EU Regulation and requires electric vehicles to make noise

Gio, 08/11/2018 - 14:47
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Electric cars in Switzerland will be required to make an artificial noise. The aim of the measure is to improve safety for pedestrians, especially the visually impaired.

Switzerland implemented this measure by adopting an EU regulation (Regulation EU No 540/2014). This requires that, by July 2019, all new models of electric, fuel cell and hybrid cars are equipped with an acoustic alert system that generates “engine noises”. The measure will apply to all new electric, hybrid and fuel cell cars by 2021.

SUMP ambassadors share their experiences and knowledge of SUMP implementation

Mer, 07/11/2018 - 14:36
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CIVITAS PROSPERITY has released new interviews with SUMP ambassadors who describe the measures they have developed to implement exemplary sustainable urban management plans. The SUMP ambassadors each bring a unique perspective to the subject.

Polona Demšar Mitrović is from the Slovenian Ministry of Infrastructure and talks about the planning and implementation of developing an updated SUMP supporting program - a measure that is currently underway.

Paris' Deputy Mayor Christophe Najdovski talks about the sustainable urban mobility policy of his city.

Air pollution is biggest health threat in Europe

Lun, 05/11/2018 - 08:34
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At the end of October, the European Environment Agency published its report on 'Air Quality in Europe 2018'. It notes that levels of air pollution are still too high and that this is the main reason for premature deaths in 41 European countries.

Dutch road traffic faces 35% increase in travel time by 2023

Ven, 02/11/2018 - 15:52
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Recent forecasts from the Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis have predicted significantly longer travel times for road traffic due to congestion. In five years, travel times for car traffic is expected to go up by roughly one third. Increased road capacity will not be able to accommodate the growth of traffic.

Car-dependency driven by 'deep flaws' in UK transport planning system

Ven, 02/11/2018 - 12:12
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The UK planning system has ‘deep flaws’, as new housing developments are constructed without sufficient public transport, walking and cycling connections, according to a report.  

EU minister summit resolves “Graz declaration” on clean transport

Mer, 31/10/2018 - 08:51
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On Tuesday 30 October, the EU’s Transport and Environment Ministers met in Graz (Austria) to discuss pathways leading to a European clean mobility. At the end of the day, they resolved the “Graz declaration”.

A new era starts: clean, safe and affordable mobility for Europe” is the heading of the declaration which details how the European climate goals 2030 should be achieved.

Madrid cuts speed limit and announces new rules on roads

Lun, 29/10/2018 - 16:26
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Last week the new Sustainable Mobility Ordinance came into force in the City of Madrid, promoted by the City Council. The measure aims to regulate new forms of urban and shared mobility for the first time, simultaneously promoting public transport use and the safety of pedestrians and people with reduced mobility.

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