Politicians from CIVITAS Forum Network member cities are invited to attend this year's Politicians' Forum being held at the CIVITAS Forum in Umeå.
Taking place from 09:30 to 12:00 on 20 September 2018, the meeting will gather senior officials from local authorities across Europe who are leading the way in advancing sustainable urban mobility.
Panel discussions and conversation tables give delegates the chance to interact and exchange experiences with fellow politicians on this year's meeting topic - “Citizens' involvement, urban mobility, and politics”.
The UK Department for Transport has opened a call to collect experience, evidence and expertise on how last-mile delivery services in commercial and residential areas can be made more sustainable.
In 2016, van traffic in the UK grew almost five percent due to internet shopping and the growth of home deliveries, adding to pollution and congestion in urban areas.
In order to address the city's existing transport problems, the City of Edinburgh Council has been developing a strategic document setting out three different options for the future development of mobility in the Scottish capital. One of the options would see a major change in the city’s transport system, including the pedestrianisation of key streets in central areas.
CityLab reports on the increasing number of partnerships between public transport providers and ride-hailing companies, such as Lyft and Uber, in the United States.
There are 700 000 light mopeds in use in The Netherlands; only 6 % of these are electric. The other 94 % are petrol-powered and cause relatively high levels of pollution in cities. The Dutch Parliament ordered a study, which has recently been published, to explore whether there was support for a phase-out of petrol-powered mopeds amongst moped owners.
A feature of Londons new 'Vision Zero' road safety action plan has led to the Sadiq Khan to announce his intention to make the default speed in London 20 mph. Speed cameras, on-street enforcement and redesigned streets will also be part of a 'Safe System' approach. To see the full Vision Zero action plan see: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/vision-zero-action-plan.pdf
Two ambitious, safety-led targets have also been set by the mayor to eliminate London bus fatalities and reduce road deaths:
Paris commuters to benefit from modernised trains in an effort to manage urban congestion.
Rail technology company, Bombardier Transportation, has received an order for 36 Francilien train sets from the French national railway corporation, SNCF, on behalf of the Greater Paris public transport authority, Île-de-France Mobilités.
A compact electric car rental service, using Birò vehicles, is being developed in the Portguese capital Lisbon. The Birò is a 100 % electric vehicle; it is very compact, quiet and has a removable lithium battery. It was created by a private Italian start-up, called Estrima, to respond to the problems of urban mobility and first arrived in the Portuguese capital in November 2017 to facilitate the movement of people living in Lisbon. Similar fleets exist in Milan and Amsterdam.
The Municipal Transport Company (EMT) of Madrid has launched a new mobile application for shared mobility, Maas Madrid. The application for mobile devices, MaaS Madrid, went “live” in late July and offers combined information of public transport with new complementary services of shared mobility. It brings all the mobility service providers in Madrid into a single tool, thus providing users one point of contact for different ways of moving around the city in a manner that respects the environment.
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Impressed by Dutch cycling culture and infrastructure, Vancouver-based authors Melissa and Chris Bruntlett have written the book Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality.
If your region, city or town is developing a sustainable urban mobility plan (SUMP) for its functional urban area or is implementing or planning to implement a pilot measure for LOW-carbon mobility, you are warmly invited to apply to become one of 18 selected cities in the Interreg Central Europe region to benefit from the LOW-CARB ‘Follower City Programme.’
Policy on air pollution tends to focus on pollutants that come from the exhaust fumes of petrol and diesel vehicles, such as NO2 and particulate matter. Little attention is given to particulate matter emissions from brakes, tyres and road surface wear.
In the first half of 2018, the City of Vienna registered a record number of cyclists on its bike paths. Between January and June, the Mobility Agency of Vienna counted 3.67 million cyclists. This is an increase of around 5 % in comparison to 2017.
Since 2011, Vienna has seen a rise in cycling, although figures remained constant in 2016 and 2017.
New measures, backed by hundreds of millions of pounds, will help to ensure that disabled people in the UK can travel confidently and easily. Towards the end of July, the Department for Transport set out its Inclusive Transport Strategy, which will improve accessibility across all types of travel for those with both visible and less visible disabilities.
Cities in the Belgian region of Flanders could soon be given the go-ahead to implement Ultra-Low Emission Zones (ULEZs) in order to improve air quality. Within an ULEZ cities would be able to impose access restrictions on both diesel and petrol fuelled vehicles in urban areas. Only zero-emission vehicles would be allowed into the ULEZ.
The City of Amsterdam has opened the Noord/Zuid route, a metro line that connects the city’s North and South. The line became a painful symbol for large, delayed infrastructure projects that exceed budget. Still, the new trajectory will have a large significance for mobility and urban development in the Dutch capital.
The growth of future mobility requires alternatives to the car and ambitious investments in new public transport. New metro lines to other cities in Amsterdam’s agglomeration – such as Amstelveen or Zaanstad - could accommodate this growth.
‘Big shift to active travel in urban transport policy is underway’
The UK’s network of leading city region transport authorities have released a new report which shows how active travel schemes can change cities for the better wherever they are implemented – from Bristol to Inverness and from post-industrial Northern cities to the heart of the City of London.
The European Investment Bank approved a total of EUR 12.6 billion of new financing for 83 projects located across Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. This represents a record level of new support ever agreed at a monthly meeting of the EIB Board of Directors.
By endorsing 48 projects for EUR 6.1 billion investment guaranteed by the Investment Plan for Europe, the EIB Board will enable the Juncker Plan's European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) to exceed its original EUR 315 billion investment target.
Rail expansion ‘only viable option’ to help UK cities achieve economic, environmental and social goals.
Significant rail expansion is the 'only viable option' to help UK cities achieve their ambitions on economic growth and meet housing demand, whilst also creating attractive urban centres with less road traffic and better air quality.
This is the finding of a new report in which the Urban Transport Group, the organisation which represents the UK’s largest urban transport authorities, sets out its vision for the future of rail travel in cities.
Vulnerable societal groups in Europe’s remote and rural areas often lack transport options, such as frequent public transport services. Consequently, the elderly, young people, the unemployed, those from low income groups, minorities and those with mobility impairments, often face reduced access to services, jobs, education and recreation.