Antwerp is a vital node in the European road network. To improve accessibility and create the right infrastructure for safe transport, several major construction projects have started in the Antwerp region over the last year. In the short term, this has led to a challenging mobility situation and traffic disruption in certain areas.
Gent is a vivid, vibrant, and growing city. This has plenty of advantages, but also brings with it some challenges, as the pressure of motorised traffic on the city keeps on growing. To ensure Ghent’s accessibility and livability in the future, the city council decided to implement a new Circulation Plan in April 2017.
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 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.
In 2017, France launched a new action plan dedicated to active travel (walking and cycling). Part of this was a Cycling Kilometric Allowance for commuters cycling to work. Those using their own bike receive €0.25 per kilometre cycled and up to €200 annually. This amount is exempt from both companies’ social security contributions and taxes (the allowance was first trialled with private companies).
We are honoured to invite you to the sixth international conference Towards a Humane City which is held 26-27 October 2017, traditionally in Novi Sad. This time we want to show that “smart city” means “intelligent mobility” in all aspects of sustainability. It is the precondition of economic prosperity, social equality and environmental quality.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria developed its SUMP between 2009-2012. An assessment of mobility on the island was conducted, resulting in the creation of various urban mobility measures. The geographical area of the mobility plan corresponds to that of the municipality (100km2).
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.
The SUMP Award is presented alongside the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award. Nonetheless, each award has separate objectives, whilst remaining complementary.
The deadline for submitting an application is 3 November 2017.
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.
All documents should be sent before 23 October 2017.
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.
In addition to developing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, ‘s-Hertogenbosch is updating its Sustainable Urban Logistics Plan (SULP) to incorporate its inner city. By improving and expanding existing logistics measures, the city will create “multi-solution measures” based on a community approach. Using this approach, policy targets can be combined and support and commitment from stakeholders maximised. Five measures have already been elaborated and a roadmap is in place to gain the necessary political approval for the SULP.
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.
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.
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.
Through a set of 19 sustainable mobility indicators, this tool supports cities in their efforts to develop fact-based and integrated sustainable urban mobility plans. The indicators also provide cities with a means of assessing their own performance in relation to sustainable mobility. The tool can be applied in any geographic area.
Stockholm has the ambitious goal to become one of the world’s leading clean vehicle cities by 2030. To achieve this, it was decided to boost the city’s electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure by expanding the existing charging infrastructure and build a fast charging network. The project started in 2014 with the aim of installing 10 new fast and 100 normal charging points – all intended for public use – and developing a plan for future network expansion.
Streetmix is an interactive tool which can be used to design street and street networks. It visualises the street design process and can be used by urban planners to design sustainable urban environments.
The TOD Standard stands for the rights of all to access the city: to walk and cycle safely, to easily and affordably reach the most distant destinations through rapid and frequent transit, and to live a good life free of dependence on cars. It also stands for access to opportunity, education, services, and all the resources available via no- or low-cost mobility options.
In recent years, mobility patterns in Malta – especially in the Valletta region – have changed significantly. This is due to various reasons: public transport redevelopment; rising employment; an improved economy; and the increase in (predominantly car-oriented) personal mobility. A SUMP is being developed for Valletta – Malta’s capital city – and the surrounding region in order to encourage a shift towards sustainable mobility.
The Conference is organised by the Interreg Europe project REFORM in cooperation with the Partnership on Urban Mobility (PUM) of the EU Urban Agenda and the European Platform on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans. The event is mainly intended for cities and public authorities, who will have the opportunity to learn and exchange knowledge on how to organise, plan, and implement a SUMP according to the EU’s SUMP guidelines. They will also be able to learn from the experiences of EU cities and regions who have already successfully developed their own SUMPs.
As part of its Transport Policy 2015-2020, Krakow developed a transport policy evaluation mechanism, the Conformity Assessment Procedure. It gathers evaluation information to be used throughout the entire SUMP process, and using it involves little financial outlay. Developed as part of the CH4LLENGE project (an EU-funded SUMP project), it is the city’s first evaluation tool. The procedure focuses on policy implementation in nine thematic areas, with external experts carrying out many of the evaluations. The tool will be integrated into the upcoming monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan for Krakow’s SUMP.
From 27-29 September, over 400 participants convened in Torres Vedras, Portugal, for the 15th CIVITAS Forum. A diverse community of policy makers, practitioners, academics, and city representatives debated the most pressing issues surrounding sustainable urban mobility, and set out clear pathways for bringing cleaner, better transport to Europe. This year’s Forum had the theme of “Small Communities, Big Ideas”. Across Europe, pioneering sustainable mobility initiatives are emerging from small communities, such as expert groups or small towns. The Forum gave them a platform to showcase their ideas and a wider audience the opportunity to experience them: it was proved that size is no limit to innovation.
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.
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.