Today sees the start of the 18th edition of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, the European Commission’s flagship campaign promoting clean and sustainable urban transport. Running from 16-22 September, almost 3,000 towns and cities from about 50 countries will join with their activities promoting safe walking and cycling with the call to action “Walk with us!”. EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK culminates each year in the well-known Car-Free Day, when streets close for traffic and open for people!
Created to highlight the contribution made by local authorities towards improving the safety of European roads, the EU Urban Road Safety Award was launched today by the European Commission.
The car is the dominant form of inland transport in all Member States compared with journeys by train, coach or bus. In 2017, travel by car accounted for 83.3 % of passenger-kilometres across the European Union (EU), compared with 8.8 % for coaches, buses and trolley buses, and 7.9 % for trains.
For transport infrastructure to be cost-efficient and ready for future needs, adequate research and innovation (R&I) in this field is necessary. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of R&I in transport infrastructure. The assessment follows the methodology developed by the European Commission’s Transport Research and Information Monitoring and Information System (TRIMIS). The report critically addresses research by thematic area and technologies, highlighting recent developments and future needs.
The European Commission has published today two studies that it requested in the context of the Year of Multimodality. The first study analysed challenges of EU-wide integrated ticketing and payment systems, while the second study focused on how to improve passengers rights when travelling by several transport modes.
Update: a press release from the event has been published.
The objective of the conference is to address the challenges and opportunities that are linked to urbanisation like emissions and congestion. Urban and regional rail projects, at EU, national and regional level could help to address these problems and bring significant economic, environmental and social benefits.
A student from the University of Bergamo talks about her hopes for safer, greener transport, and her support for the project U-MOB LIFE.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed EUR 7 billion of new financing. This includes support for new investment to improve social housing, clean energy and sustainable transport, telecommunications, health and education. The EIB also approved more than EUR 2.8 billion of new support for business investment through both direct financing and credit lines with local banks.
The Horizon Europe “Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities” Mission, and now 17 Smart Cities Lighthouse programmes provide a clear backdrop that cities matter; and that collaboration, common solutions, and integrated approaches can help accelerate us to deliver scale impact in European cities.
This workshop continues the process of strengthening each initiative; tightening the connections between these interdependent initiatives; mobilising cities, industry, investors, and scientific organisations to commit to make things real in the market.
As Rotterdam continues to grow, public space is coming under increasing pressure, creating both an opportunity and a sense of urgency to translate the ambition of a walkable neighbourhood network. Challenging traditional car-focused mobility, repurposing existing infrastructure and integrating walking with cycling and public transport is helping translate the vision into citywide gains.
Shopping can turn into a “heavy” experience, mostly if you find yourself carrying around piles of bags. In this case, parking a car close by or calling relatives to pick up the bags can be the most straightforward solution, but it does not come without costs: congestion gets worse, drivers become nervous and pollution increases.
In an EU context, the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 11) ‘Sustainable cities and communities’ focusses on progress made in enriching the quality of life in cities and communities, in fostering sustainable mobility and in alleviating adverse environmental impacts.