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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).

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.