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Can a new public bike hire scheme conquer the hills of Lisbon?

Thu, 17/08/2017 - 19:25
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Lisbon is famous for its hills: seven of them lead down in the city centre. Some of its streets even offer funiculars to help people get up them. It therefore begs the question: could a bike sharing system ever take off there?

Portugal's capital is going to give it a try. 100 bikes were first made available for public hire in the Parque das Nações neighbourhood in June: two thirds of them were e-bikes. Beta testers can currently access them from 10 docking stations via an app.

Electric trams: a new urban freight solution?

Thu, 17/08/2017 - 18:14
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Across Europe, electric trams are being used for something that perhaps not many people think of at first: the transportation of urban freight. Certain businesses now see tram networks as a means of moving their goods.

Catapult Researchers in Residence programme open for applications (UK)

Wed, 16/08/2017 - 10:05
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The Catapults are a series of 11 not-for-profit research and innovation centres in the UK that bring together businesses with the research and academic communities. They allow businesses, engineers, and scientists to work together on late-stage research and development.

After an absence of close to 40 years from Prague's streets, trolleybuses are set to make a return to the streets of the Czech capital. The Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) is due to start construction on the route in September, which is expected to t

Fri, 11/08/2017 - 18:50
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After an absence of close to 40 years from Prague's streets, trolleybuses are set to make a return to the streets of the Czech capital.

European Green Capital competitions open for entries

Thu, 10/08/2017 - 08:26
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Local governments across Europe are invited to apply for the European Commission’s European Green Capital Award 2020 and the European Green Leaf Awards 2019. The closing date for applications is 18 October 2017.

New station-less bike sharing system comes to Florence (Italy)

Wed, 09/08/2017 - 12:36
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Transportation in Florence has become a lot smarter and more inclusive. On 2 August, an extensive bike sharing programme was launched that will see 8,000 bikes made available.

CIVITAS Awards deadline approaching: showcase your city's sustainable mobility

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 13:51
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There are only a few days left to apply for the 15th CIVITAS Awards competition: the deadline is Friday 11 August.

The Awards represent a unique opportunity to for cities to demonstrate their sustainable mobility activities to a European audience and be recognised and rewarded for them by the European Commission.  

Present your mobility achievements and how your ambition led to successful outcomes by applying for the ‘Bold Measure Award'. If you have been successful in transferring your knowledge to others, then the ‘Take-up Award’ is the one for you.

Let's scoot! Paris's scooter sharing scheme (France)

Fri, 04/08/2017 - 15:31
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In terms of transport sharing, car and bike sharing schemes are the ones that most often come to mind. Yet the electric scooter also has a contribution to make; both to sustainable mobility and as part of a diverse transport mix. 

Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris, certainly thinks so. Just over a year ago, she introduced the CityScoot electric scooter sharing scheme to Paris. In the past year, its popularity has increased by 500%, and there is now a network of over 1,000 scooters in the city.

New London Underground map for passengers with conditions such as anxiety and claustrophobia (UK)

Thu, 03/08/2017 - 19:18
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A new map of the London Underground network has been released that caters to passengers with claustrophobia or other anxiety conditions. 

The map was devised after suggestions from passengers with such conditions. By showing them routes that involve long stretches of tunnels, it is hoped that they can identify routes avoiding them and feel more at ease when travelling.

Sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles banned by 2040 in new UK clean air strategy

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 18:29
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Hot on the heels of France's announcement earlier in the month, the UK government has announced plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles in the country from 2040. It is part of a wider £3bn clean air strategy designed to combat air pollution in the country.

As part of this, a £255m fund will created for local councils to assist them in efforts to tackle emissions. Of this, £40m is being made available immediately. The fund will be partially financed by changes to tax on diesel vehicles.  

A discovery dialogue on climate policy and practice between the EU and China

Fri, 28/07/2017 - 17:05
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The Green Sessions "from Policy to Practice” is an initiative from Natureherit Design & Consult to create multi-actor dialogues to improve the overview and understanding of policies and practices relating to climate action and green-circular economy for regions worldwide.

Starting with a "Roadmap of Exchanges", the Green Sessions are seeking to stimulate and assist local actions related to the green circular economy, create new jobs in the green economy, and inspire ideas for more green growth.

SUMPs-Up learning activities starting in September and October

Thu, 27/07/2017 - 13:33
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The SUMP Learning Programme (SLP) comprises a series of activities to equip planning authorities in European cities with the skills and knowledge they need to develop and implement Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs). Its activities are grounded in the concepts of peer-to-peer exchange, collaboration, and knowledge transfer.

European Commission launches Clean Bus Deployment initiative

Wed, 26/07/2017 - 16:27
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Clean, energy-efficient and sustainable transport systems have a vital role to play in efforts to move towards a low carbon world. Through its recent European Clean Bus deployment Initiative, the European Commission is making a significant contribution to this transition.

Many advantages are associated with clean, alternatively-fuelled buses. Reductions in air pollutants, noise, and greenhouse gas emissions all entail considerable public health benefits. Travelling in them is also quieter and smoother, making them more appealing to the public.

New public transport partnership and ticketing system in Bucharest

Tue, 25/07/2017 - 16:20
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The Mayor of Bucharest, Gabriela Firea, has announced a single public transport ticket that can be used for the bus, metro, and train in Bucharest and the surrounding Ilfov County.

The announcement was made during the creation of the Inter-community Development Association for Public Transport Bucharest-Ilfov. The partnership will lead to public transport services in the capital being extended to its periphery. Mr Firea referred to it as a "historic moment" for transport in the city.

Can Brussels' cycling infrastructure be changed at the push of a button? (Belgium)

Mon, 24/07/2017 - 11:26
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A new project in Brussels is giving citizens a chance to influence cycling infrastructure within the Belgian capital: and all with the push of a button.

"PING if you care", which started in May, enables bike riders to mark unsafe traffic situations or unsatisfactory cycling infrastructure that they encounter. This is done by pressing the PING button, a wireless Bluetooth-enabled device that can be attached to bikes or clothing. The button then sends the data to an app via Bluetooth.

Lombardy adds 22 new vehicles to its electric bus fleet (Italy)

Fri, 21/07/2017 - 10:21
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The Lombardy region in Italy is making a significant investment in clean public transport by buying 22 new electric buses. The two cities in Lombardy to benefit from their purchase will be Milan with 10 new vehicles and Bergamo with 12 of them.

The two sets of buses bought are based on the Solaris Urbino 12 model. In both, the electric power is stored in a high energy battery pack with a total capacity of 240 kWh.

Major accessibility improvement works set out for London Underground (UK)

Thu, 20/07/2017 - 19:42
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Plans have been revealed for step-free access to be created at six Tube stations by 2020. They form part of the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan's aim to improve accessibility across the UK's capital.

Work will begin this at Buckhurst Hill station, whilst next year will see the changes begin at South Woodford, Buckhurst Hill, Amersham, Cockfosters, Mill Hill East and Osterley.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, commented that: ‘It's absolutely vital that we make our transport network accessible to investing more in step-free access".

Very 'appropriate': Tilburg trials method to help pedestrians with reduced mobility (the Netherlands)

Wed, 19/07/2017 - 15:25
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For pedestrians with reduced mobility, crossing at traffic lights is not always so easy. The lights can turn red before they have reached the other side, putting them in danger. The Dutch city of Tilburg decided to address this.

FLOW Project publishes 15 Quick Facts on Congestion

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 10:02
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What happens when you remove a car lane to put in a new bicycle lane? Or you give pedestrians more time to cross a busy road? FLOW published a new collection of Quick Facts from cities who measured the impact pedestrian and cyclist measures have on congestion.

EDWARD: the European Day without a Road Death

Fri, 14/07/2017 - 10:21
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Significant progress has been made in road transport safety since the early 2000s. The number of road deaths has fallen by 54%. Yet this should not lead to complacency: statistics for 2015 indicated that this downward rate was slowing.