CIVITAS Insight on access regulations released

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The sixth CIVITAS Insight is now available, giving information on access management and its ability to make road space safer and give priority to cleaner, more sustainable modes.

The sixth CIVITAS Insight, one of a series of 25 publications being developed under the CIVITAS CAPITAL project, are now available for download. It concerns access controls, many forms of which are not new to Europe. Cities have been decreasing the numbers of cars in crowded historic centres that were never designed with motorised vehicles in mind for over 40 years. However, with the advent of new technologies, access can be controlled for certain types of vehicles or user groups. Likewise, information, payment and enforcement technology has made the management of where, when, and even if cars can park more effectively.

Access controls can be quite controversial. It is not only important to involve stakeholders and potentially affected groups; having a good understanding of the regulatory restrictions (or lack of enabling legislation) allowing access controls is equally crucial. Generally speaking, introducing access management or pricing strategies in urban areas can result in improved living conditions for local residents due to less private car traffic on the roads.

Download and read the sixth CIVITAS Insight, or access all published and forthcoming Insights on the Key Publications page. Have you been inspired by what you've read in this Insight? Then join the discussion in the Thematic Group for Demand Management Strategies or on CIVITAS Interactive.

For more information about the Insights, contact jan [dot] christiaens [at] mobiel21 [dot] org

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