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European Commission reveals sustainable mobility city champions

Wed, 22/02/2017 - 11:30
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The European Commission has revealed the finalists of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2016 and 5th Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) Award on urban freight. 

The finalists of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award are Lisbon (Portugal), Malmö (Sweden) and Skopje (former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia). 

Eleven members join eleventh CIVINET

Tue, 21/02/2017 - 10:37
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The latest local CIVITAS network, CIVINET Romania, has welcomed its first members.

The Traffic Snake Game makes home-school trips more sustainable

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 15:16
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The EU-supported project TSG Network (2014-2017) has just released the results from the 3 years of Traffic Snake Game in 19 EU countries. It proofs there is much room for more sustainable home-school trips.

EIB to fund BRT for Las Palmas (Spain)

Fri, 17/02/2017 - 12:54
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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a € 50m loan with the municipality of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (Spain) and municipal transport company, Guaguas, for new bus rapid transit (BRT) infrastructure.

The loan has an Investment Plan for Europe guarantee, and work on the high-capacity line will begin over the next quarter, with the aim of building 11.7 km of roadway dedicated to bus transport.

Electric cars & solar power 'could halt fossil fuel growth by 2020'

Wed, 15/02/2017 - 11:26
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A new report claims that clean cars and solar power could be pivotal in stopping fossil fuel growth.

The Grantham Institute at Imperial College London and the Carbon Tracker Initiative say that the falling cost of electric vehicles and solar panels could halt worldwide growth in demand for oil and coal by 2020.

Their report says that, combined with countries’ pledges to cut emissions, polluting fuels could lose 10 per cent of market share to solar power and clean cars within a decade.

Oslo kids use app to help identify traffic problems (Norway)

Mon, 13/02/2017 - 11:04
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The city of Oslo has created an app that enlists children as 'secret smartphone agents' to encourage them to walk and cycle to school and record traffic problems.

The Traffic Agent app encourages children to go undercover to report dangerous intersections, damaged pavements, overgrown bushes, broken street lamps or illegally parked cars.

The GPS-tracked app, which links the city directly to children’s safety concerns, has been such a success that officials are planning to roll it out across the rest of Norway.

Call for papers now open to be published on Routledge of Taylor & Francis

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 16:44
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The 2nd Conference on Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD), to be held in Italy, follows the success of the very first version which took place in Lecce (Italy) during the year of 2015.

EUSEW 2017 calls now open

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 10:19
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The call has been launched for sessions for the 12th edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week Policy Conference (EUSEW 2017), to be held in Brussels from 20 to 22 June.

Organisers are looking for outstanding proposals for dynamic sessions that inspire new ways to promote energy efficiency and renewables.

Bagheria council approves Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (Italy)

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 11:20
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The city council of Sicilian town of Bagheria has unanimously approved a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP).

The plan consists of a series of coordinated actions in the public and private transport sectors and will be a key instrument to support, in an integrated way, environmentally sustainable projects and engage in sustainable mobility policies related to air quality.

Save the date: CIVITAS Forum Conference 2017

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 10:17
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The EU-funded CIVITAS Initiative has announced that this year’s CIVITAS Forum Conference will take place on 27-29 September 2017 in Torres Vedras (Portugal) 

The annual event brings together the CIVITAS community from across Europe: hundreds of mobility experts, actors and stakeholders, all of whom are devoted to the development of sustainable urban mobility in their cities.

Want a SUMP in your city but don’t have the expertise or tools?

Mon, 30/01/2017 - 10:24
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Three new EU-funded mobility projects have launched a survey to help them understand cities’ needs and barriers when trying to develop Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).

A SUMP is a strategic plan that aims to create an urban transport system for all citizens that improves safety and security, reduces air and noise pollution, greenhouse gases and energy consumption, and boosts the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the transport of people and goods.

Florence to receive national funding for sustainable mobility (Italy)

Fri, 27/01/2017 - 11:59
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The city of Florence will receive almost € 2 million from a national programme to support and enhance sustainable mobility. 

The city council is participating in GREENINFINITY, a national programme created by Italy’s Environment Ministry.

The aim of GREENINFINITY is to encourage alternative urban mobility choices to the private car, and to reduce traffic congestion, pollution and the parking of vehicles near schools and workplaces. 

Paris launches driverless bus tests (France)

Fri, 27/01/2017 - 10:38
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Paris launched an experiment on Monday to test driverless buses to help prepare for what officials called a coming ‘revolution’ of autonomous vehicles.

The tests are being conducted with two box-shaped electric vehicles capable of carrying around 10 people. The buses will travel on a bridge connecting two railway stations to the east of the city centre.

Registration + agenda for 4th European Conference on SUMPs now available

Thu, 26/01/2017 - 15:31
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The conference - taking place in Dubrovnik (Croatia) from 29-30 March 2017 - is the principal annual event for European practitioners, policy makers, city staff and academics to debate key issues, highlight developments in mobility planning and exchange ideas and experience.

Register for the event and view the draft agenda now!

Malta announces details of grants for EVs

Tue, 24/01/2017 - 11:28
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Malta’s transport regulator, Transport Malta, has announced the details of grant schemes for the purchase of cleaner and energy-efficient vehicles.

The schemes - provisionally announced in Malta’s Budget - provide financial support when purchasing a new environmentally friendly vehicle, when converting a vehicle’s fuel system to autogas/LPG and when purchasing a Battery Electric Vehicle and Battery Electric Quadricycle.

Autonomous vehicles risk increasing congestion in cities

Tue, 24/01/2017 - 09:14
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The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) has warned that the roll-out of autonomous vehicles (AVs) could lead to a dystopian future of even more  private car traffic on the road unless they  are put to use in shared fleets and integrated  with traditional public transport services.

The paper, 'Autonomous vehicles: a potential game changer for urban mobility,' argues that despite the risk of increased congestion due to car travel becoming even more comfortable and attractive, an alternative exists.

Video: Using parking revenue to finance sustainabile mobility

Mon, 23/01/2017 - 14:56
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The PUSH&PULL project has now translated and published its video clip on the Core Funding Mechanism into 17 languages.

PUSH&PULL project co-ordinator Robert Pressl said: ‘The video clip should explain the approach to decision-makers and politicians. A transfer of parking revenues to finance sustainable mobility is the main idea of the project.'

The PUSH&PULL project aims to improve urban mobility in European cities by means of parking space management combined with mobility management measures.

More EV charging points for Vilnius (Lithuania)

Thu, 19/01/2017 - 16:54
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The Lithuanian capital of Vilnius is to install more charging stations to cater for the increasing numbers of electric vehicles on its streets.

Officials are planning to install five new fast-charging stations by this autumn, where cars will be able to recharge in just 25 minutes.

'Due to environmental problems, people are increasingly turning to electric cars. We see a great need for electric vehicle charging stations, the more that car-sharing companies are expanding the number of electric vehicles,'  said the deputy mayor of Vilnius, Linas Kvedaravičius.

10 million more passengers on Irish public transport

Wed, 18/01/2017 - 08:40
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Full-year figures published by Ireland’s National Transport Authority show an overall increase in passenger numbers across all state-supported public transport operators.

Some 234 million passengers used services provided by Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann, Iarnród Éireann and Luas in 2016 – an increase of almost 10 million (4.4 per cent) compared to 2015.

Sofia to test electric bus (Bulgaria)

Fri, 13/01/2017 - 09:32
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The city of Sofia is introducing an electric bus on its roads to test its suitability for a larger-scale roll out.

The Chinese-made Yutong bus will begin operating on the city’s No. 84 bus line from Sunday 15 January until May.

The bus will travel between the city and Sofia Airport which, according to the mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova, is one of the most polluted routes in the city.

The bus can travel up to 300 km on a single charge, which is enough for its needs when operating in Sofia’s urban areas.