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Country-wide EV charging network introduced in Austria

Eltis - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 10:09
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In the latest of a series of initiatives designed to raise electric vehicle (EV) use and ownership, a series  charging stations are being connected throughout the country.   

In addition to helping to curb CO2 emissions, the nationwide network of 1,300 public charging points will enable drivers to recharge their vehicles more easily.  

The process of combining the stations, which are operated by 11 different electricity providers, started in April.

Drivers will be able to sign up with any providers and use all the stations within the combined network.

European Transport Innovation Challenge 2017 winners announced

Eltis - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 17:05
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Earlier this week, the 12 winners of the Challenge were revealed in Strasbourg. They were selected from over 110 applications submitted from across Europe.

The 12 entries posited solutions to existing transport challenges in a wide range of forms, including futuristic systems for moving people and freight in cities, a robot platform, and a digital journey-mapping search tool for people with reduced mobility. In their own way, all ideas contribute to the decarbonisation of EU transport.

Increasing residents' mobility through electric cars (Denmark)

Eltis - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 10:40
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The municipal Housing Office in Aarhus has joined forces with car sharing company Tadaa! to offer rental electric cars to its tenants.

The scheme started in Autumn 2016, with 10 vehicles rolled out so far. Currently, 2,300 residents are able to use them. Through an app, they book in the timeslots in which they would like to use the vehicles.

Users pay a monthly subscription of 99 Danish Krone (DKK (13 euros), in addition to a fee for the number of kilometres they drive and the time they have the car.

Bike riders in France demonstrate against dangers of cycling

Eltis - Wed, 21/06/2017 - 10:18
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On June 17,  hundreds of people in France paid tribute to cyclists who have been victims of road traffic accidents.

The demonstrations, which took place in several cities around the country, were designed to draw attention to the risks and dangers that cyclists face on the roads.

EU Cycling Strategy presented to Commission

Eltis - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 10:54
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At the Velo-city 2017 conference, the European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, was presented with the EU Cycling Strategy. Outlining a suggested course of action until 2030, the document is intended to serve as inspiration for a future Commission-developed strategy.

New EU research results pack on transport safety

Eltis - Mon, 19/06/2017 - 12:35
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Much progress has been made in transport safety since the early 2000s: the amount of people suffering serious injuries or dying as the result of accidents has fallen by 54%. Yet this should not lead to complacency: statistics for 2015 indicated that this downward rate was slowing.

A new Research Results Pack from CORDIS, the European Commission's Community Research and Development Information Service, profiles six EU-funded research and innovation projects that should help boost that trend in the future.

European Commission launches two competitions for green cities - with financial rewards

Eltis - Fri, 16/06/2017 - 16:48
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The European Commission recently launched the competitions for cities to win the 2019 European Green Leaf and 2020 European Green Capital Awards. Both reward cities for bringing about positive change that improves urban environments.

To celebrate the 10th year of the European Green Capital competition, the Commission will award €350,000 to the 2020 winner. Cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants can apply.*

New report looks at solutions to UK urban freight challenges

Eltis - Thu, 15/06/2017 - 12:34
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A new report from the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) in the UK looks into how urban freight distribution in the country can be improved.

The report examines examples of urban freight innovation through three case studies. These look at solving the challenge of the 'last mile' delivery, urban consolidation centres (UCCs), and the possible retiming of  deliveries.

Europe is on the move: new Commission transport modernisation initiatives

Eltis - Wed, 14/06/2017 - 19:37
Language English The European Commission recently revealed a broad set of new initiatives, entitled "Europe on the Move", whose aim is to bring about a socially fair transition towards clean, competitive and connected mobility.

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Ambitious new public transport plans outlined for Dublin

Eltis - Fri, 09/06/2017 - 16:01
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A far-ranging transformation of the Irish capital’s transport network has been outlined by the country’s National Transport Authority (NTA). The overall cost of the project would be €1bn.

NTA figures show that average traffic speeds on the main roads during morning rush hour is fallng from 39.kmh to 33.7kmh. The number of cars paying the toll on the M50, Ireland’s busiest motorway, is also rising by 18 per cent.

How Copenhagen is tackling two-wheeled traffic jams (Denmark)

Eltis - Wed, 07/06/2017 - 10:25
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It is perhaps not the reason that people are used to hearing from somebody explaining why they were late: that there was congestion in the cycle lanes. Yet precisely this situation has arisen in Copenhagen.

For the first time, bikes outnumber cars in Copenhagen. Last year, sensors recorded 265,700 bicycles entering the city centre on a daily basis against 252,600 cars.

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