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Hydrogen cars with zero emissions at the tailpipe, ready to spread widely

Gio, 16/01/2020 - 17:33

Hydrogen based technology in the electric transport sector is competing with traditional fuels like diesel and gasoline for long distances. It is quiet, needs reasonable time for refuelling and it releases water only.

Transport is the main source of greenhouse gas emissions and a serious contributor to global warming. Road vehicles, in particular, are responsible for a large proportion of urban air pollution. One way to decarbonise mobility could be to replace fossil fuels with hydrogen.

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Parking and SUMP: A perfect match - Park4SUMP project

Gio, 16/01/2020 - 12:29

Park4SUMP is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project, which supports cities to adapt their parking management strategies as part of their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs). It aims to encourage innovative parking solutions to become part of cities’ SUMP and other city planning processes.

A practitioner brief on Parking and SUMP integration has become a part of the new SUMP guidelines.

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Residents spur policy makers into action on air pollution in Skopje

Lun, 13/01/2020 - 17:36

The air in Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, is one of the most polluted in Europe because of the city’s geographical position and its reliance on fossil fuels. However, over recent years, public protests have pushed policy makers to take action to improve air quality.

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EU promotes digitalisation of freight transport information

Lun, 13/01/2020 - 11:16

In December 2019, the ambassadors of the EU's Member States approved a proposal to make it easier for freight operators to provide information to public authorities in digital form. The vote took place in the EU Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper).

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Braga's SUMP nears completion

Lun, 06/01/2020 - 10:08

Towards the end of 2019, the Portuguese Municipality of Braga hosted a session that aimed to present and collect contributions that might be included in the final version of the city’s Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP).

This was the second debate that was open to the public. It launched a period that lasted until the end of 2019 that involved several public discussions that had the goal of collecting further suggestions and insights from residents that might be potentially incorporated into the final version of the SUMP.

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Urban traffic measurements - city residents can now monitor traffic in their area

Gio, 02/01/2020 - 14:25

For urban mobility planners and policymakers to influence changes in mobility patterns, they need to have a detailed knowledge of the existing situation. Traditionally, gathering information about mobility patterns and in particular, vehicular traffic has required costly traffic surveys which rarely distinguish between vehicle type – and only present a short snapshot of the situation.  

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Participation levels in 2019 EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK revealed

Mer, 01/01/2020 - 20:06

EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2019 exceeded all expectations and the 2019 Participation report published in December 2019 found it to be the most successful year, yet.

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Green light for electric micromobility trial in Milan

Lun, 30/12/2019 - 13:08

Towards the end of 2019, the Municipality of Milan decided to take part in a micro-mobility national trial promoted by the Italian Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure. The installation of 130 road signs in the inner city centre is complete and shared e-scooters are available for residents and tourists to be used.

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Toulouse Metropole launches Urban Air Mobility Marketplace

Ven, 27/12/2019 - 10:07

During this year’s Amsterdam’s Drone Week, the Metropole of Toulouse has launched the creation of its “B612 Urban Air Mobility Marketplace”. By this initiative, the metropole aims to connect the urban air mobility actors and stakeholders to develop a wide collaborative approach to the role of urban air mobility in sustainable urban mobility planning and delivery.

The B612 marketplace welcomes all stakeholders connected to urban air mobility, including:

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Tampere pilots artificial intelligence solutions to improve pedestrian safety

Lun, 23/12/2019 - 09:43

The Finnish city of Tampere has started testing artificial intelligence (AI) and 'Internet of Things' technologies to improve pedestrian safety.

Working in partnership with Tieto, an IT services and software company, Tampere has developed a solution that can automatically detect when a pedestrian is planning to cross the street at an intersection. In order to protect the privacy of those being monitored, the solution is built in a way that prevents the identification of individual people or vehicles.

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Urban Vehicle Access Regulations tighten across Europe

Ven, 20/12/2019 - 09:16

January 2020 will bring a significant change to many European inner-city streets. As of 1 January 2020, new urban vehicle access regulations (UVARs) are being introduced and many existing regulations are to be tightened in cities across Europe.

Cities affected by changes in January 2020 include;

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Join a CIVITAS study visits on sustainable mobility in 2020!

Gio, 19/12/2019 - 18:18

Mobility practitioners in towns and cities are invited to join a series of sustainable mobility study visits organised by the CIVITAS Initiative in 2020.

These will take place in Madrid (Spain), Szeged (Hungary), Vinnytsia (Ukraine), Bratislava (Slovakia) and Utrecht (the Netherlands). As hosts of sustainable urban mobility study visits in 2020, these cities are offering participants the chance to discover their latest mobility innovations and the projects they are implementing to create clean, green and liveable urban environments.

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SMARTA 2 - Demonstrators, Promoting Sustainable Shared Mobility in European Rural Areas

Gio, 19/12/2019 - 11:09
SMARTA 2 aims to design, pilot and assess smart, shared mobility solutions interconnected with public transport in four rural areas of Europe: East Tyrol (Austria), Trikala (Greece), Águeda (Portugal) and Brasov (Romania). Language English

New SUMPs-Up fact sheets reveal SUMP good practices

Mer, 18/12/2019 - 10:28

A series of fact sheets chronicling good practice examples of measures, instruments and planning procedures related to Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) are now available to read.

The fact sheets give details of projects that have taken place in the seven partner cities of the CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project. Partner cities are Birmingham (UK), Budapest (Hungary), Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain), Malmö (Sweden), Sofia (Bulgaria), Thessaloniki (Greece) and Turin (Italy).

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EU Sustainable Energy Awards - Apply Today

Mar, 17/12/2019 - 14:00
During the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), from 22 to 26 June 2020, outstanding projects will be celebrated for their innovation and impact. If your work focuses on clean, sustainable and renewable energy, and you believe your projects deserve Europe-wide recognition, apply for the EU Sustainable Energy Awards by 27 January 2020. Language English

SASMob surveys reveal patterns of workplace mobility

Mar, 17/12/2019 - 09:31
The City of Szeged – a CIVITAS Award-recognised champion of sustainable mobility in Hungary has initiated an alliance on workplace mobility with major employers under the SASMob project. Language English

Spain is planning low emission zones for all towns of over 50,000

Lun, 16/12/2019 - 09:28

All towns in Spain with more than 50,000 inhabitants would have to set up low emission zones, if the plans of the largest party in Spain are put in place. While negotiations about a possible coalition are ongoing, the plans are timed to come into effect with the formal installation in power of the new government.

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Developments in Shared Mobility - TRIMIS Insights

Gio, 12/12/2019 - 16:04
The Transport Research and Innovation Monitoring and Information System (TRIMIS) is a portal run on behalf of the European Commission, which captures the latest research in the transport sector across Europe. The TRIMIS Digest provides a snapshot of the latest trends in transport, with Issue 11 focusing on developments in shared mobility. This article provides an overview of the key themes outlined by the Digest. Language English

Choosing the most impressive MOBILITY ACTION 2019

Mer, 11/12/2019 - 15:53

This year’s EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK saw a record 1,028 MOBILITYACTIONs from businesses, schools, NGOs and other organisations across Europe.

Five of those have been nominated for the title of Best MOBILITYACTION 2019, and you can help to choose the winner. To win the competition, the nominee needs to get the highest number of points overall.

The nominees are:

1) Literary Competition on the Theme "Walk to the end of the city" (Bulgaria)

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Warsaw wins 2020 Access City Award

Mar, 10/12/2019 - 11:46
The city of Warsaw has been awarded the 2020 Access City Award, the European Prize for cities accessible to people with disabilities and elderly people. Language English

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