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Country-wide EV charging network introduced in Austria

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Ambitious new public transport plans outlined for Dublin

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)

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.

Registration open: International Cycling Conference 2017

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 14:15
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To celebrate 200 years of cycling, the PASTA (Physical Activity Through Sustainable Transport Approaches) project, together with the German Environment Agency (UBA) and other partners, is pleased to announce that registration for the PASTA final conference and the 2017 International Cycling Conference (ICC) is now open.

Is Brussels calling time on the company car? (Belgium)

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 13:19
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It has been revealed that the local government in Brussels has rubber stamped a rule related to the mobility plans offered by businesses.

It would compel large companies - those with more than 100 employees or more than 10 vehicles - to offer their employees two alternative transport packages to the company car.

As of 2018, they will be required to offer a travel plan to employees that provides them with three different options: the traditional company car; a cheaper car with a public transport ticket; or a bike (the "mobility package").

Public transport in Pomerania gets a push (Poland)

Mon, 05/06/2017 - 12:48
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Over 169 million zloty (39 million Euros) is being invested into public transport initiatives in the Pomerania region of Poland. A subsidy for just under half that amount is being provided by the EU.

The efficiency and availability of public transport across the region will be improved by easing access at various transport junctions and interchanges. New or redesigned transport hubs will integrate multiple modes of transport and allow for simple transfers between them. The routes of trams, buses, and local and regional trains will come together far more as a result.

Getxo begins to plan its first SUMP (Spain)

Wed, 31/05/2017 - 17:15
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Getxo, a town in the Basque Country, will soon take the first steps in the process of developing a SUMP for the local municipal area.

In the coming weeks, 4,000 questionnaires will be distributed. They seek to find out the routes that are taken by residents in the area, along with at what times of day.

Taxi drivers, cyclists, and associations of elderly or disabled people are amongst those who will be surveyed. Sessions will also be held for local residents to discuss the plans.

New bus trialled in London whose route is based on demand (UK)

Tue, 30/05/2017 - 09:55
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Earlier this month, a new responsive bus was trialled in London. Its route was based on data analysis evaluating existing connections and commuter demand.

Transport app developed, Citymapper, unveiled the Smartbus earlier in the month. It was on the road for a two-day trial, following a circuit route in the city centre that circled Blackfriars and Waterloo bridges. The route was selected as it was deemed as being underserviced.

Plans afoot for world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone in London (UK)

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 15:07
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London's Mayor, Sadiq Khan, announced last month that heavily polluting vehicles will have to pay a daily charge to drive within central London from 8 April 2019.

The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will cover the same area as the zone for the existing congestion charge. It is proposed that the ULEZ replace the £10 Toxicity Charge, which has been confirmed as starting in October this year.

New urban mobility measures planned in Hamburg (Germany)

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 12:34
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The Hanseatic city has revealed a series of measures related to electromobility and digital solutions for improving mobility. Much of the work will be carried out in partnership with Daimler.

By 2019, 1,000 charging points for electric vehicles are planned to have been built around Hamburg, alongside another 150 charging points exclusively for the use of cars in sharing schemes. Extensive parking facilities are also envisaged for electric vehicles and car sharing cars.

Scottish walking and cycling schemes receive cash injection

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 09:20
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Over the next year, £30 million will be given out for the creation of new walking and cycling infrastructure in Scotland.

Transport Scotland, the national transport agency, is giving out more than £15 million in grants. Sustrans Scotland, an active travel charity, is awarding and administering these, with the remaining money for the projects coming from match-funding.

The charity commented that the 225 successful applications include ‘bold initiatives’ to combat the significant challenges that pedestrians and cyclists face, including busy roads and dangerous junctions.

Bucharest set to become more bicycle friendly (Romania)

Thu, 18/05/2017 - 19:22
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Bucharest's local government has unveiled plans to further develop the network of bicycle paths within the city. These are part of the Integrated Urban Development Plan (PIDU) and the Urban Mobility Plan Bucharest - Ilfov (PMUD (the link is in Romanian).