Welcome to the Eltis Mobility Update!
In the Christmas edition of the Eltis Mobility Update we would like to highlight two calls for European project proposals: The Alpine Space Programme within the EU transnational cooperation programme and the Marco Polo 2011 call for proposals are now open. . These programmes look for proposals for three priority areas incl. accessibility and connectivity in the case of the Alpine Space and transferring freight from road to rail and waterborne transport for Marco Polo. It contains five distinct types of action from modal shift and catalyst actions to traffic avoiding actions and to common learning actions. See below for further details. Jim Walker, chair of Walk21, shares his thoughts on how to foster walking conditions at a time when all institutions face limited budgets. Since December is a quieter month we would also like to invite you to take a look at the latest videos on bicycle training in Graz, the energy generating pedestrian zone in Toulouse or Madrid's interchange plan. In addition, there are 20 new photos available to download from the Eltis photo database in the services section – this time from Munich, Germany.
We wish you a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas break.
Your Eltis Team
OV-bicycle welcomes 100,000th subscriber (the Netherlands)
OV-bicycle is a rental bike that offers public transport passengers transport from door to door. In 2010, 85,000 subscribers made 835,000 total trips with an OV-bicycle. In mid-November, Lotte received a very special public transport bicycle: She applied for the 100,000th subscription for the OV-bicycle.
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Combined traffic management and physical measures reduce noise
In 2000, it was estimated that more than 44% of European citizens (or about 210 million people) were exposed to road traffic noise levels that exceeded 55 decibels (dB). New research in Spain has explored solutions to reduce traffic noise. It suggests that the best option is to combine global measures, such as speed restrictions, and local measures, such as noise screens.
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Laying the foundations for greener transport — TERM 2011
For the first time ever the European Commission is proposing a greenhouse gas emissions target for transport (TERM). TERM 2011 and future reports aim to deliver an annual assessment on progress towards these targets by introducing the Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism Core Set of Indicators (TERM-CSI).
Fewer accidents on EU railways in 2010
The European Railway Agency has published the EU railway safety data for 2010. Since data were first collected in the EU in 2006, the year 2010 can be seen as the safest on EU railways. The data show that the positive trend continued in 2010 as there were 10% fewer fatalities compared to the previous year.
Fourth call for Project Proposals – Alpine space to new ideas!
The Alpine Space Programme is the EU transnational cooperation programme for the Alps to promote regional development in a sustainable way. While the third call projects have just begun their activities and call 1 are about to finish, the programme opens its 4th and probably last call for proposals. Partnerships have until the 20th January 2012 to submit an Expression of Interest (EoI)
Marco Polo: The 2011 call for proposals is open
The Marco Polo 2011 call for projects is open. The call will be open for applications until the 16th January 2012. The available budget for the 2011 call is €56.87 million to finance about 30 new projects. Special environmentally-friendly maritime projects, inland waterway projects and rail projects with single-wagon loads are priorities in 2011.
Siim Kallas on the challenges ahead for Europe's automotive industry
Siim Kallas, vice-president of the European Commission and commissioner responsible for transport outlined his view on the upcoming challenges for Europe’s automotive industry and described the next steps planned by the Commission at the EUCAR (European Council for Automotive R&D) reception in Brussels on November 8th. It can all be summarised in one word: innovation.
Modernisation of entire Prague metro fleet completed (Czech Republic)
The first and second metro lines of the Czech capital are served by 507 metro vehicles produced in the USSR. Since 1994, 30-55 carriages have been modernised each year. The process has now been completed.
Introducing Active Access - Encouraging active travel for short trips to improve health and the local economy
The Active Access project aims to increase the use of walking and cycling for short every day trips in local areas, in order to benefit people’s health, and the health of the local economy. It aims to transfer longer car trips to shorter walking and cycling trips by changing people’s mental maps of their local neighbourhoods so that they realise what is available on their doorstep, rather than in the edge of town retail park.
The project, running from August 2009 – July 2012, involves 11 application partners from 10 EU countries carrying out a variety of local actions to encourage active travel for trips to shops, schools, work and for leisure. As ground work for the project, time was spent convincing stakeholders of the benefits of walking and cycling. Walking audits were conducted in each application area and provided a useful tool to engage local politicians and technicians in both the project and subject matter. See video: www.active-access.eu. Guidance on how to conduct a walking audit in your local area can be downloaded as a tool from Eltis: Several examples of walking audits conducted and fact sheets on the application of local initiatives can be downloaded from the project website under 'reports and presentations'.
Partners have designed their local activities to suit their local conditions. The health paths in Koprivnica and the walking routes in l’Alcudia are available as case studies on www.eltis.org. (see previous paragraph)
Visit the project website for news and video footage of Active Access activities in a country near you and watch out for the results of the project for fact sheets on how to design similar activities, engage stakeholders and make a positive impact on the health, economy and energy efficiency of your community. www.active-access.eu
Eltis user of the month
Is Helena Hecimovic, Member of the City Council of Koprivnica
Article of the month
This month, Jim Walker, chair of Walk21, presents his conclusions on the Walk21 event in Vancouver. He stresses the connection of health and well-being with walking as a physical activity and how to foster walking conditions when all institutions face limited budgets.
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Public space in certain cities has gone full-circle. We tend to forget that before the popularisation of the car pedestrians and bicycles had the right to use most of the public space. During the 20th Century cars gradually took over most of the space available forcing the segregation of pedestrians and cyclists. Some European cities, with time and political courage, gradually re-claimed their centres for people again. What many think as impossible can be seen in this video below:
Just an example of a Dutch city that with perseverance and vision managed to turn around what seemed an inevitable trend of the 20th Century. What prevents so many other cities to learn from this Dutch City?
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