HANDSHAKE, a new CIVITAS project, will support the take-up and transfer of successful cycling measures developed by three world-class cycling cities - Copenhagen (Denmark), Amsterdam (the Netherlands), and Munich (Germany) - to ten other cities across the EU.
In October 2018, Interreg Europe’s Policy Learning Platform on Low Carbon Economy published findings and recommendations on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).
The policy brief drew on a number of relevant projects that have been supported by the programme. It looked at the needs and specifics of the SUMP concept and process, as well as recent developments.
The 31st Annual Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition was held in Kobe, Japan on 3 October 2018.
This year, the Scottish city Dundee was awarded the International 'E-Visionary' Award, by the World Electric Vehicle Association. Dundee City Council operates the highest number of electric vehicles (EVs) of any local authority in the UK and won the award due to its continued dedication to sustainable transport.
The Brussels capital region is free of cars – well, it was for one day at least... The city took the opportunity of European Mobility Week to have its car-free Sunday on 16 September 2018 and closed the entire Brussels region to individual motorised transport between with 9.30 am to 7.00 pm. There were exceptions, but only for taxis, buses, police, emergency vehicles and persons with a special permit – and these still had to respect a city-wide speed limit of 30 km/h.
From 16 - 22 September, 2018 activities took place all across Europe and other regions to mark EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK.
This years participation in EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, with 2 793 cities from 54 different countries registering to take part in activities makes 2018 the third record breaking year in a row!
The full list of participating countries and the cities that have taken part is available from http://www.mobilityweek.eu/2018-participants.
To mark European Mobility Week 2018, the new Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) of the city of Perugia was presented to residents. It consists of a medium to long-term plan with the objective to create more favourable conditions for reducing private motorised transport. Perugia has one of the highest motorisation rates in Europe with 713 cars per 1 000 inhabitants, the SUMP also encourages the use of public transport and emphasises steps to improve quality of life for residents.
Will 'Mobility as a Service', or 'MaaS', change our travel behaviour? To answer this question, the Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis (KiM) studied the experiences with MaaS across Europe and consulted focus groups in both urban and peripheral regions.
The city of Graz, Austria, has been revealed as the host of the CIVITAS Forum Conference in 2019, which is set to take place from 2 - 4 October 2019.
Eight European towns and cities have been revealed as the winners of the CIVITAS Awards 2018, Europe’s most prestigious prizes for clean, urban transport. The announcements were made during a lavish ceremony on the second night of the CIVITAS Forum 2018 in Umeå, Sweden.
Currently, cycling comprises only 3% of transport in France. However, the French Government aims to triple this figure by 2024 and have outlined a collection of measures to make this happen.
As of this month, Belfasts new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), dubbed “Glider”, has become operational. It operates along corridors in the east and west of the city with buses scheduled to run every seven to eight minutes. According to Translink – the public transport operator - the new service offers high quality service providing people with better access to jobs, hospitals, shops, schools, colleges, and entertainment.
Self-driving minibuses have already been tested extensively across the EU. However, experience of the management of autonomous fleets is still scarce. The new EU-funded project FABULOS gathers expertise on the operation of autonomous bus fleets in the context of public transport provision.
HiReach, funded under Horizon 2020 EU Programme, focuses on the development of new tools and business models to improve accessibility for difficult to reach areas - encouraging inclusive and participative mobility - and deal with the needs of potentially vulnerable social groups. The latter category within HiReach include children and young people with disabilities, low income and unemployed persons, elderly, migrants, people living in rural and deprived areas as well as other vulnerable to exclusion citizens.
From 1 September, public buses in Dunkirk are completely free of charge making it “the largest metropolitan area in France and Europe to introduce free for all on its entire bus network”, says Patrice Vergriete, Mayor of Dunkirk. And the initiative has already shown great success: bus journeys have increased by 50 % since the launch.
Emissions generated by transport in Europe are still on the rise, while the electric vehicle sector is struggling to take off. The main obstacles to the spread of e-mobility are limited batteries on the market and underdeveloped infrastructure
Interreg Europe has released 26 good practice examples of sustainable urban mobility and SUMPs, as part of the REFORM project.
REFORM supports the implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs), which aim to drive urban mobility towards a sustianable, low carbon future. REFORM's latest report aims to help knowledge sharing across regions, through presenting good practices and enabling stakeholders to build regional action plans.
The City Council of Ravenna recently approved an ambitious Plan to boost cycling mobility, paying particular attention to urban and suburban cycle paths of regional and national interest. The Plan is fully compliant with the SUMP previously adopted by the City Council and the indications already included about cycling mobility.
In a first for Belgium, an autonomous vehicle is being used on a public road to take visitors to a tourist site, the Caves of Han, in the south of the country. The shuttle is an experiment being undertaken by the Belgian road safety institute VIAS in cooperaton with the Belgian government.
Experience in the Danish capital Copenhagen, suggests that preventing motorised traffic from using short sections of a major thoroughfare enhances the use of the route by cyclists. This is the result of the implementation of so-called 'filtered permeability' on two sections of Nørrebrogade, in central Copenhagen.
Road traffic noise pollution negatively affects one in two inhabitants of Brussels. This was one of the main conclusions of study by Leefmilieu Brussel, the Brussels Environment Administration, that was published last year. Environment Minister Céline Fremault for the Brussels-Capital Region will present a plan in mid-September, called “Quiet Brussels” to fight increasing noise pollution.