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Urban mobility planning and policy - best practice from EU for third countries

Thu, 19/10/2017 - 17:52
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In recent years, there has been a growing interest from third countries to learn from European experience in the area of sustainable urban mobility.

In response to this, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport – with the support of an external consultant – has just published two booklets in English with translations into Mandarin, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

The two booklets are: 

European Urban Mobility: Policy Context

Slovenians receive new incentives for electrical vehicle purchases

Wed, 18/10/2017 - 17:23
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The Eco Fund, the largest financial institution of the Republic of Slovenia, is offering new incentives for members of the public and companies to buy electric vehicles.

The money received does not have to be paid back, and for the first time the offer has been extended to include electric motorcycles and mopeds.

Apply now for the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2017!

Tue, 17/10/2017 - 12:36
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The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award is presented to the local authority judged to have done the most to raise awareness of sustainable mobility during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK (16-22 September). To apply, local authorities must have implemented the three criteria and signed the Charter.

For the first time, the Award will be presented in two categories: one for municipalities with a population of over 50,000 and one for municipalities with a population under 50,000.

Apply now for 6th SUMP Award - Shared mobility in sustainable urban mobility planning

Tue, 17/10/2017 - 11:25
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Cities and regions are invited to apply for the sixth SUMP Award - Shared mobility in sustainable urban mobility planning.

The Award recognises local authorities that have developed a Mobility Plan that satisfies the diverse transport needs of people and businesses, whilst improving the quality of life for all.

Each year, the award highlights a different aspect of mobility planning. The theme of this year's SUMP Award is "Shared mobility in sustainable urban mobility planning".

European Commission study examines Urban Vehicle Access Regulations

Mon, 16/10/2017 - 14:24
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The European Commission recently published a study on Urban Vehicle Access Regulations (UVAR) that aims to assist policy makers in their implementation.

UVARs are measures that regulate vehicular access to urban infrastructure. Examples include congestion charging, low-emission zones (LEZ), and restrictions on certain types of vehicles.                                      

Zielona Góra places largest electric bus order in Polish history

Fri, 13/10/2017 - 19:58
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Zielona Góra has shown its commitment to clean and energy efficient vehicles with the largest order ever placed for electric buses in Poland.

Whilst cities such as Krakow already already boast a large electric fleet, they are being surpassed by the scale of the order from the city of just under 140,000 people, which is located in the Lubusz province in western Poland.

Royal Mail to introduce electric delivery vans (UK)

Wed, 11/10/2017 - 15:09
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Starting in December, the Royal Mail will begin delivering post in electric vehicles. The new fully electric vans will distribute post from the central London depot to the surrounding area.

Produced by Oxfordshire-based carmaker Arrival, the vans come in three and a half, six and seven tonne versions. They have a range of 160 kilometres. A dual power mode within the vehicles can be used to top-up the battery after the first 100 miles.

By 2020, the final versions of the vehicles should also be capable of autonomous driving.

Berlin public transport operator to employ refugees as bus drivers (Germany)

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 13:00
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A project by the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), Berlin's public transport operator, will soon see 16 refugees employed as bus drivers in the German capital.

To secure a place in the project, participants had to meet strict requirements: they needed a bus driver’s license, good German language skills, and a residency permit.

Deadline approaches for European Green Leaf Award applications

Fri, 06/10/2017 - 15:26
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The application deadline for the European Green Leaf Award is now fast approaching, with 18 October the last day for submissions.

To celebrate the tenth year of the European Green Capital competition, the European Commission will for the first time award a financial prize to the winner of the European Green Leaf 2019 title.

The European Green Leaf Award, established in 2015, recognised and commends the work of smaller cities in driving environmental change. Previous winners include Mollet del Vallès (Spain), Torres Vedras (Portugal), and Galway (Ireland).

Pau (France) to introduce fuel cell tram-buses in 2019

Thu, 05/10/2017 - 15:28
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Eight ExquiCity tram-buses will be delivered to the transport operator in Pau during the second half of 2019. These clean energy hybrid tram-buses are the first of their kind in France.

Powered by hydrogen fuel cells, their only emission is water vapour. Lithium batteries will provide additional power when needed. The tram-buses are over 18 metres long, can carry 125 passengers and have a range of over 300 kilometres. Refuelling the hydrogen fuel cells takes only 10 minutes.

Electric bus breaks record for kilometres driven on single charge

Wed, 04/10/2017 - 15:55
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At the beginning of September, an electric bus become a record breaker. The Catalyst E2 Max, which is produced by the American clean vehicle company Proterra, has driven the longest distance by an electric vehicle on a single charge ever to be recorded.

Powered by a 660kWh battery, the bus was able to drive 1,770 without a recharge.

The test was admittedly carried out under "ideal conditions" that do not fully reflect conventional urban bus use, that is:

Slovenia to expand EV charging network in protected natural areas

Wed, 04/10/2017 - 14:06
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Municipalities across Slovenia are set to benefit from government grants for the building of electric vehicle charging points.

The money from the Slovenian government’s Ecology Fund and Climate Change Fund will support the installation of charging points in protected natural areas and near Natura 2000 sites. In total, 140 new stations are to be built.

Over €500,000 euros was given out following the tender process, with 69 municipalities successful with their applications.

Study finds policy changes can impact on the EV market

Tue, 03/10/2017 - 12:24
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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) has released a new study on fiscal incentives and electric vehicle sales, finding a high correlation of financial inducement and the purchase of an electric vehicle.

Eight countries were included in the study: France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and the UK.

The researchers performed a pairwise comparison of the total cost of ownership and electric car sales in the countries, allowing for cross-segment and cross-country comparison in the European countries.

Sagunto presents SUMP as part of European Mobility Week (Spain)

Mon, 02/10/2017 - 16:10
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Sagunto Town Council recently marked European Mobility Week (16-22 September) by presenting their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP).

The plan aims to increase the use of public transport, improve mobility conditions for pedestrians and cyclists, and improve the quality of life in the city. It also seeks to create a long-term balance between mobility needs and the preservation of the environment.

Vilnius conference discusses much anticipated sustainable urban mobility plan (Lithuania)

Mon, 02/10/2017 - 15:15
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A conference in the Lithuanian capital focusing on the public transport situation in the city took place recently. It brought together representatives from Vilnius and other municipalities, municipal enterprise Vilniaus Planas, public transport company Susisiekimo Paslaugos, and foreign experts.

The conference highlighted the fact that Vilnius experiences the biggest transport flow management challenges in Lithuania, with Vilnius residents spending considerable amounts of time in traffic jams and the level of pollution in the city growing.

New CIVITAS Tool Inventory online

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 13:05
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Maja Bakran Marcich, the Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate General of Mobility and Transport, and Carlos Manuel Antunes Bernardes, joined forces to reveal the new online database.

With over 100 tools and methods related to urban mobility, the Tool Inventory will help local authorities make better informed decisions about which planning tools to apply in their given local context.

Awarding Europe’s sustainable urban mobility pioneers: CIVITAS Awards 2017 winners revealed

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 10:46
Language English At a grand ceremony on the Atlantic coast, the CIVITAS Awards 2017 were given out in front of a large audience.

Stockholm's bike-sharing scheme to receive an electrifying upgrade (Sweden)

Thu, 28/09/2017 - 20:50
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Stockholm has awarded a new contract for it's bike-share scheme, upgrading its fleet from 1,200 standard bikes to 5,000 hybrid electric models.

The new e-bikes will also be available year-round, 24 hours a day, compared to the current scheme that is only in operation during the summer between 6:00 and 22:00.

University of Antwerp experiments with heated cycling path (Belgium)

Wed, 27/09/2017 - 21:10
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A network of underground tubes is being installed under an experimental cycling path at the University of Antwerp.

The purpose is to store heat during the summer which will keep the path clear from ice and snow in the winter. A heat exchanger will enable this to happen.

Researchers from the Faculty of Applied Engineering are working on the project. Keeping the path clear from ice is a clear benefit for users, but it may also bring environmental and financial benefits by avoiding the use of salt, which is normally used to keep the paths clear.

Four Scottish cities to benefit from cycling and walking project funding (UK)

Tue, 26/09/2017 - 13:59
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Five cycling and walking projects aimed at encouraging people to leave their cars at home have received £22m of funding from Transport Scotland.

The cities set to benefit from the funding, which came as part of the Sustran’s Scotland’s Community Links PLUS design competition, include Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Stirling.

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