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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).

Trams gain traction in Aarhus (Denmark)

Wed, 17/05/2017 - 19:00
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A new tram system in Aarhus has achieved an impressive feat: it will increase mobility and cut down on emissions.

The first stage of the light rail project will be a new 12 kilometre line, named the "Urban Line". This will commence at Aarhus central station and pass through key locations in the city before connecting to an existing line that is being converted for light rail operation. 17 new stops will added, while park and ride facilities near existing stops have been refurbished already.

Major renovation work at key Brussels metro stations (Belgium)

Mon, 15/05/2017 - 10:47
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By the end of next year, the De Brouckère and Bourse metro stations, situated in the heart of Belgium's capital, will have undergone a thorough renovation.

Lisbon announces new public transport plans (Portugal)

Fri, 12/05/2017 - 11:04
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Lisbon's municipal transport company, Carris, has revealed a raft of improvements to the city's public transport network that it is seeking to implement over 2017-19. These are based on a list of 12 key strategic priorities.  

An important element of the proposed measures is the creation of two new lines on the city's electric tram network. These would run between between Entrecampos and Alta de Lisboa and Santa Apolónia and Gare do Oriente. Two viability studies will be carried out to ascertain the viability of these routes.

Nitra's new cycle paths (Slovakia)

Wed, 10/05/2017 - 09:25
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By the end of this year, several kilometers of new routes could be added to Nitra's existing cycle path network. The city hall plans to build several routes that will connect large housing estates and other urban areas with the city centre.

Is Gent's city centre set to become car-free? (Belgium)

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 15:21
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The local government in Gent is looking to introduce a new mobility plan that would turn the city centre into a car-free zone.

As part of the initiative, the city would be divided into six new districts, including the inner-city. Direct journeys between these new areas would be off-limits for lorry drivers, who would instead be required to use a ring road situated on the outskirts of the city. Money would also be invested in cycle paths and local transport.

Vilnius introduces USB-charging onboard public buses (Lithuania)

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 12:55
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Passengers riding on route 10 through the Lithuanian capital can now enjoy on-the-go USB charging for their mobile devices. The city of Vilnius plans to include USB charging ports in other city buses in the near future.

Graz sets new priorities for sustainable transport

Mon, 08/05/2017 - 12:54
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Speaking at a press conference last Friday, the new city councillor responsible for transport, Elke Kahr, presented a new set of priorities for sustainable transport planning in Graz.

Kahr plans to swiftly set in motion a range of actions related to public transport, cycling and walking in the city.

Italian study shows strong growth in shared mobility

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 16:44
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According to a study conducted in Italy by URBI, over 5,000 vehicles were booked a total of 4,265,000 times in the last six months.

URBI is an app that aggregates shared mobility offers such as bike and car sharing services. The study analysed data from services offered in Rome, Milan, Turin and Florence by companies such as car2go, enjoy, Share'n go, DriveNow and ZigZag.

Over 5,000 students take part in "Cycling May" in Lublin (Poland)

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 15:50
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Some 5,000 students from 25 primary schools in Lublin will take part in this year's national cycling campaign, "Cycling May" („Rowerowy Maj”). The campaign aims to promote the bicycle as a means of transport in the city.

On each day during the campaign students receive stickers for coming to school by bike, scooter, roller skates or skateboard. At the end of the campaign, the school with the most recorded trips will win a covered bicycle parking area, funded by the sponsor, LPEC SA.

Wirelessly charged electric buses operating in Milton Keynes (UK)

Mon, 01/05/2017 - 18:43
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Eight Wrightbus StreetLite electric buses are now in operation along a route in Milton-Keynes as part of a multi-stakeholder project.

Leaving the depot at 6am, the buses can travel a maximum of 190 miles and return at 23:30 with at least 40% of their charge remaining. Each week around 17,000 passenger journeys are completed with the electric vehicles.

Timișoara plans to rehabilitate, extend tram network (Romania)

Sun, 30/04/2017 - 17:27
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The public transport company of the Romanian City Timișoara has announced plans to rehabilitate and extend seven tram lines in the city.

Representatives from Regia Autonomă de Transport Timișoara (RATT) presented the plan as part of a strategic investment plan for 2017-2020.

The investment plan includes a broad range of proposals, including the construction of a bicycle workshop, a new dispatcher's office, modernisation of bus stations, a new intermodal transport hubs, improvements to port infrastructure and more.

Hamburg transport company invests € 10 million in electric bus infrastructure

Sun, 30/04/2017 - 14:46
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The Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH (VHH), the bus operator serving districts in Hamburg and its metropolitan area, is investing some € 10 million in a new infrastructure for operating and maintaining electric busses.

Starting in 2020, VHH will procure only emission-free busses with battery-powered, 100% electric motors. The switch to exclusivley electric busses will require an overhaul to current infrastructure including garages, charging stations and dispatch systems. It will also be necessary to train staff on new equipment and procedures.

New traffic management plan presented in Zagreb (Croatia)

Sat, 29/04/2017 - 17:15
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A new traffic management plan has been presented in Zagreb by Anka Mrak-Taritaš, Minister of Construction and Spatial Planning, emphasising the development of public transport, cycling, intermodality and intelligent transport systems.

"Zagreb's transport system must be highly developed, efficient, safe and above all ecologically acceptable, in line with the principles of sustainable development set by the European commission," said Jasmina Pašagić Škrinjar, professor at the Faculty of Transport at Zagreb.

REMOURBAN study tour features electric bus charging in Nottingham (England)

Thu, 27/04/2017 - 11:39
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The REMOURBAN project, in cooperation with the Action Cluster on Integrated Planning from the European Innovation Partnership on SCC and the Smart Cities Information System organised its first Study Tour in the lighthouse city of Nottingham, hosted by the Nottingham Trent University.

The day featured a series of workshops on topics such as smart city indicators, innovative business models and integrated planning for accelerating urban transition.

Call opened for demonstrations and sponsors for CIVITAS Forum Conference 2017

Wed, 26/04/2017 - 16:23
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A call for sponsors and demonstrations has been opened for the next CIVITAS Forum Conference, which will take place from 27-29 September in Torres Vedras, Portugal.

The CIVITAS Forum is the flagship event of the CIVITAS Initiative, which has for 15 years supported cities with developing and implementing sustainable urban mobility measures. Each year the forum brings together hundreds of mobility experts, actors and stakeholders from across Europe.

Gijon sets sights on reducing private car use (Spain)

Tue, 25/04/2017 - 18:13
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The City of Gijón, Spain plans to approve its Mobility Plan for 2016-2024 next September.

Recent revisions to the document have targeted reducing use of private vehicles while increasing bicycle and public transport usage.

Praising the "exhaustive" work of the team drafting the plan, Gijón mayor Carmen Moriyon said that the plan will lead to a new mobility model in the city, but that "there is still a lot of work to be done."