Showing CIVITAS to Europe! La Rochelle

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1-2 September 2008 - In the framework of France’s takeover at the head of the EU, Dominique Bussereau, the French Minister of State for Transport, invited the European Transport Ministers in La Rochelle for a two-day work session.

On Monday evening, in the presence of the EU Ministers, Mr Antonio TAJANI, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport and Mr. Fotis KARAMITSOS, Director of the Logistics, Innovation, Co-modality and Maritime Transport Directorate within DG TREN, M. BONO, President of the Urban Community, seized the opportunity to present two main CIVITAS- SUCCESS measures carried out in La Rochelle: the new bike-sharing systemthe new multi- transport card and attractive PT network, operating from 2009.This new network, called ‘Yélo,’ will be part of the conurbation’s new and improved transport offer. It aims at achieving complete multimodality so that users can choose freely between buses, self-service bikes, park-and-drive, boats, time-shared electric cars or other modes of transport, and comes with a simplified pricing system tailored to all user categories. Moreover, a single image will identify all the modes of transport included in the Yélo offer, underscoring their unification and thus the possibility of using all of them with a single card!Among the 400 invitees, La Rochelle had the chance to count some of its CIVITAS partners: Preston, Ploiesti and Nantes. The presence of Ms Jean YATES, Mr. Emil CALOTA and Mr. Jean-François RETIERE highlighted that CIVITAS was a real family. This event proved to be a unique opportunity to reaffirm the commitment of the CIVITAS partners towards sustainable urban mobility and to emphasize the involvement of the EU, particularly through the CIVITAS Initiative…

Author: Sébastien Davy

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