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Tallinn and Utrecht in co-operation

Author: CIVITAS Support
Posted on: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 16:16
Tallinn , MIMOSA

Give your city the best sustainable mobility available - grab a partner and work together. The combined approach of exchanging best practices between CIVITAS partners, as well as carrying out individual mobility measures is key to ensuring cities are at the forefront of international sustainable mobility transport.

The saying ‘No Man Is An Island’ certainly springs to mind. A good example of this is the two way co-operation between Tallinn and Utrecht on sustainable mobility, be it on a technological, communications and political platform. Having embarked on a new ticketing system as part of the CIVITAS MIMOSA programme, a workshop on e-ticketing was organised in Tallinn in spring 2010 to gain broader knowledge, analyse the pros and cons of different e-ticketing systems worldwide and meet the field experts. As the Netherlands were already in the implemention phase of a nation wide e-ticketing system, Tallinn was keen on having a Dutch expert to showcase the Dutch system. Mr Jeroen Kok, the director of the Dutch agency that implemented a new Public Transport Card in Netherlands was invited as an expert. He shared his extensive knowledge about the policy and implementation of the e-ticketing system and explained the development of the Dutch system. Based on the information gathered, a ‘Terms of References’ was drawn up, a public tender on e-ticketing launched and a new system scheduled for 2011.Other shared knowledge involves dissemination ideas such as awareness raising activities for European Mobility Week 2010. An example of this is the ‘Traffic Snake Game’, where school children and their parents gain an understanding of sustainable modes of travelling to school. Having worked extremely well in the Netherlands, the Traffic Snake Game will make its debut in Tallinn during European Mobility Week this September. At a political level, there is the upcoming political study tour by a group of Dutch Vice Mayors from the South of the Netherlands to Tallinn. This study tour will focus on innovation in sustainable urban mobility planning and on energy saving within transport. Politicians are looking to find innovative solutions through discussions with the Vice Mayor of Tallinn (and of Helsinki in Finland) and by visiting CIVITAS MIMOSA implemented measures. Tallinn will be able to showcase its’ mobility measures and the Dutch group can take home information on Estonia’s best practices back home with them.Both cities look forward to building on this relationship in the long-term and welcome further co-operation from other partners.

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