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Want a SUMP in your city but don’t have the expertise or tools?

Mon, 30/01/2017 - 10:24
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Three new EU-funded mobility projects have launched a survey to help them understand cities’ needs and barriers when trying to develop Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).

A SUMP is a strategic plan that aims to create an urban transport system for all citizens that improves safety and security, reduces air and noise pollution, greenhouse gases and energy consumption, and boosts the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the transport of people and goods.

Florence to receive national funding for sustainable mobility (Italy)

Fri, 27/01/2017 - 11:59
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The city of Florence will receive almost € 2 million from a national programme to support and enhance sustainable mobility. 

The city council is participating in GREENINFINITY, a national programme created by Italy’s Environment Ministry.

The aim of GREENINFINITY is to encourage alternative urban mobility choices to the private car, and to reduce traffic congestion, pollution and the parking of vehicles near schools and workplaces. 

Paris launches driverless bus tests (France)

Fri, 27/01/2017 - 10:38
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Paris launched an experiment on Monday to test driverless buses to help prepare for what officials called a coming ‘revolution’ of autonomous vehicles.

The tests are being conducted with two box-shaped electric vehicles capable of carrying around 10 people. The buses will travel on a bridge connecting two railway stations to the east of the city centre.

Registration + agenda for 4th European Conference on SUMPs now available

Thu, 26/01/2017 - 15:31
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The conference - taking place in Dubrovnik (Croatia) from 29-30 March 2017 - is the principal annual event for European practitioners, policy makers, city staff and academics to debate key issues, highlight developments in mobility planning and exchange ideas and experience.

Register for the event and view the draft agenda now!

Malta announces details of grants for EVs

Tue, 24/01/2017 - 11:28
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Malta’s transport regulator, Transport Malta, has announced the details of grant schemes for the purchase of cleaner and energy-efficient vehicles.

The schemes - provisionally announced in Malta’s Budget - provide financial support when purchasing a new environmentally friendly vehicle, when converting a vehicle’s fuel system to autogas/LPG and when purchasing a Battery Electric Vehicle and Battery Electric Quadricycle.

Autonomous vehicles risk increasing congestion in cities

Tue, 24/01/2017 - 09:14
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The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) has warned that the roll-out of autonomous vehicles (AVs) could lead to a dystopian future of even more  private car traffic on the road unless they  are put to use in shared fleets and integrated  with traditional public transport services.

The paper, 'Autonomous vehicles: a potential game changer for urban mobility,' argues that despite the risk of increased congestion due to car travel becoming even more comfortable and attractive, an alternative exists.

Video: Using parking revenue to finance sustainabile mobility

Mon, 23/01/2017 - 14:56
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The PUSH&PULL project has now translated and published its video clip on the Core Funding Mechanism into 17 languages.

PUSH&PULL project co-ordinator Robert Pressl said: ‘The video clip should explain the approach to decision-makers and politicians. A transfer of parking revenues to finance sustainable mobility is the main idea of the project.'

The PUSH&PULL project aims to improve urban mobility in European cities by means of parking space management combined with mobility management measures.

More EV charging points for Vilnius (Lithuania)

Thu, 19/01/2017 - 16:54
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The Lithuanian capital of Vilnius is to install more charging stations to cater for the increasing numbers of electric vehicles on its streets.

Officials are planning to install five new fast-charging stations by this autumn, where cars will be able to recharge in just 25 minutes.

'Due to environmental problems, people are increasingly turning to electric cars. We see a great need for electric vehicle charging stations, the more that car-sharing companies are expanding the number of electric vehicles,'  said the deputy mayor of Vilnius, Linas Kvedaravičius.

10 million more passengers on Irish public transport

Wed, 18/01/2017 - 08:40
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Full-year figures published by Ireland’s National Transport Authority show an overall increase in passenger numbers across all state-supported public transport operators.

Some 234 million passengers used services provided by Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann, Iarnród Éireann and Luas in 2016 – an increase of almost 10 million (4.4 per cent) compared to 2015.

Sofia to test electric bus (Bulgaria)

Fri, 13/01/2017 - 09:32
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The city of Sofia is introducing an electric bus on its roads to test its suitability for a larger-scale roll out.

The Chinese-made Yutong bus will begin operating on the city’s No. 84 bus line from Sunday 15 January until May.

The bus will travel between the city and Sofia Airport which, according to the mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova, is one of the most polluted routes in the city.

The bus can travel up to 300 km on a single charge, which is enough for its needs when operating in Sofia’s urban areas.

Electric Mobility Europe launches 2016 call for projects

Fri, 09/12/2016 - 12:12
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European countries and regions together with the European Commission and the European Green Vehicles Initiative Association have set up the Electric Mobility Europe Call 2016 (EMEurope Call 2016) to further promote and advance electric mobility in Europe.

Funded projects in the EMEurope Call 2016 shall focus on applying and implementing e-mobility in urban and suburban areas.  Expected outcomes are likely to include an:

Dublin chosen as Velo-city 2019 host (Ireland)

Fri, 09/12/2016 - 11:53
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The city of Dublin has been chosen to host Velo-city 2019, the European Cyclists’ Federation’s annual global cycling summit.

The bid, led by Dublin City Council, made a strong proposal with an integrated and collaborative team, and displayed strong political commitment on all levels, from local to national.

In addition, the Irish capital showed a big push for implementation from a behavioural and infrastructure perspective. The site visit showed the ECF team a clear willingness for collaboration and community engagement.

Smog forces Paris to make public transport free (France)

Thu, 08/12/2016 - 11:05
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The city of Paris is reportedly facing its worst air pollution for a decade as officials made public transport free for the second day running to encourage people to not use their cars.

The Airparif agency measured the levels of pollution on Wednesday and said that the city was suffering the worst winter air quality for at least 10 years.

Authorities said that only drivers with odd-numbered registration plates could drive in the capital region on Wednesday.

Call for speakers for Future of Transportation conference

Thu, 08/12/2016 - 10:41
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The Future of Transportation world conference, which is being held in Cologne (Germany) from 5-7 July 2017, has launched a call for speakers.

The goal of the conference is to bring together those devising better solutions for the increasingly demanding challenge of providing safe, efficient, sustainable transport for the world in 2030 and beyond.

Carmakers plan European fast-charging EV network

Wed, 07/12/2016 - 10:26
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BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche have signed a memorandum of understanding to create the highest-powered charging network in Europe.

The goal is the quick buildup of a sizable number of stations to enable long-range travel for battery electric vehicle drivers.

This is an important step toward facilitating mass-market battery electric vehicle adoption.

The projected ultra-fast charging network with power levels up to 350 kilowatt will be significantly faster than the most powerful charging system deployed today.

Rome to ban buses from entering historic centre (Italy)

Tue, 06/12/2016 - 12:47
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The city of Rome is planning to ban buses and coaches from its city centre to cut traffic congestion and improve air quality.

Linda Meleo, Rome’s councillor for transport, made the proposals at a recent city transport committee meeting.

Under the plans, from January 2018 buses and coaches will be charged higher fees to enter the city and will not be allowed at all to enter the centre - a move that will effectively stop tourist buses from operating in the Rome's historic area. 

Mega-city mayors pledge to ban diesel vehicles by 2025

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 14:46
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The mayors of Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens have pledged to remove all diesel vehicles from their streets by 2025 to improve the quality of air for citizens.

'Mayors have already stood up to say that the climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face,' said Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris and new chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

Review of economic benefits of sustainable urban mobility now available

Wed, 30/11/2016 - 16:00
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The EVIDENCE project has undertaken a wideranging review of the economic benefits of investing in sustainable urban mobility.

The review clearly demonstrate that sustainable urban mobility interventions and investments, for example, supporting higher levels of cycling and public transport, are as effective as 'traditional' infrastructure projects, which are typically adding new road capacity in or around cities.

EC presents strategy towards cooperative, connected & automated mobility

Wed, 30/11/2016 - 14:05
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The European Commission has adopted a European Strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), a milestone towards cooperative, connected and automated mobility.

The Strategy will make it possible to deploy vehicles that can talk to each other and to the infrastructure on EU roads as of 2019.

Digital connectivity is expected to significantly improve road safety, traffic efficiency and comfort of driving, while boosting the market of cooperative, connected and automated driving and the related creation of jobs.

Netherlands to install €90m smart mobility system

Wed, 30/11/2016 - 12:09
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The Netherlands is embarking on an ambitious project to turn some 1 250 traffic light installations into a smart mobility system to provide seamless travel guidance for drivers.

The system is being created by a partnership that includes the Dutch ministry of infrastructure and the environment, provincial and local authorities, the mobility industry and various ICT companies.