Welcome to the Eltis Mobility Update!
This month we take a close look at the city of Zürich, Switzerland with its outstanding transport policy. Four brand new case studies examine in detail the cornerstones of the city's transport policy, its bicycle measures, as well as local mobility management activities for residents and for companies (example Alcatel Lucent AG and Sihl City, a multifunctional entertainment and shopping centre). Two of them, Sihl City and Bicycle Measures, are also available as video clips in the video section of Eltis. Videos of the others will follow in the coming weeks. In addition, there are more than 60 new photos of the implementations in Zurich available to download free from the Eltis photo database.
The European Commission would like to see more local authorities develop Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans. Following on from the successful training workshops on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Greece, further workshops will be run in Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Ireland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. To book a free place at one of these awareness raising and knowledge exchange events visit http://www.mobilityplans.eu.
David Byrne, musician, actor, photographer, multi-media artist and mastermind of Talking Heads spoke to Austrian journalist Christian Lehner about how he discovered the bicycle as a mode of transport. Listen to him on how his perspective on cycling in a City like New York changed from the seat of a bike by clicking here.
We wish you pleasant reading.
Your Eltis Team
London becomes first city in UK to have permanent Pedestrian Countdown technology
Following a successful trial, Pedestrian Countdown technology will be rolled out at pedestrian crossings throughout the UK capital, giving pedestrians a clearer idea of how long they have left to cross the road. Research from the trial showed that 83% of pedestrians surveyed about the trial liked the Pedestrian Countdown technology, as did 94% of mobility impaired users and 79% of children surveyed who had experienced traffic crossings with and without the system.
Transport: Infrastructure's key role in tackling the economic crisis
Faced with an economic crisis, investments in transport are critical for creating employment and a return to economic growth. This is the key message delivered in a speech at the European Policy Centre in Brussels by Siim Kallas, EU Transport Commissioner.
Congestion charge in Milan: 37% less traffic in the first week (Italy)
During the first week (16-20th January) of implementation of the new congestion charge in Milan, the incoming traffic flows recorded a reduction of 37% on the average of the previous week.
San Francisco and Medellín win 2012 Sustainable Transport Award
San Francisco, USA and Medellín, Colombia were declared the winners of the 8th annual Sustainable Transport Award. This year’s slate of nominees is unique in that the two winners, and the two honorable mentions showcase interventions that put citizens first.
Share cargo bikes via the web (Germany and Austria)
The German association “Anstiftung & Ertomis” has created a new website that enables users to locate, describe and advertise cargo bicycles, bike trailers and other bicycle transport aids that can be borrowed free of charge. The site contains entries from cities in Germany and Austria.
Peer-to-peer car rental arrives to Helsinki (Finland)
Rather than leaving the car standing around unused during a cold winter day, residents in Helsinki can now offer it for peer-to-peer rental, an arrangement that has already gained popularity in the US.
ISEMOA scheme on accessible mobility is currently being tested
The ISEMOA project develops a quality management system aiming to support local and regional authorities to improve their work on accessible mobility. Currently the prototype of the ISEMOA scheme is being implemented in 18 test sites.
Workplace Cycle Challenges in the UK, Australia and New Zealand
Using behaviour change theory and social marketing techniques Challenge for Change has delivered 38 Workplace Cycle Challenges and encouraged more than 21,000 non-cyclists to cycle. On average, 38% of former non-cyclists report cycling at least once a week three months after taking part in a Challenge; 34% also cycle at least once a week to work.
Introducing BICY – Cities and Regions of Bicycles
Most European cities suffer from an unsustainable yet still increasing problem of traffic congestion, carbon emissions and noise pollution caused by an ever growing number of cars. The project BICY – Cities and Regions of Bicycles aims to tackle this problem for inner city areas by promoting cycling in everyday life in Central European cities. It is clear that cycling would be a solution for many urban problems. Considering that every second car trip in urban areas is shorter than 5 km and could be made by bicycle there is a huge potential for modal shift to gain benefits on many different levels.
An increase in the share of bicycle traffic would lead to cities that gain space for their citizens and have lower levels of air and noise pollution. Individuals would benefit because cyclists are healthier and fitter. Which in turn would also have socio-economic benefits because the promotion of bicycle traffic costs little compared to the benefits: a simple cost-benefit analysis shows that 2 Euros invested in cycling brings a return of 5 Euros (Source: Cycling Embassy of Denmark).
To promote cycling in everyday life and to achieve a shift from motorised traffic to bicycle traffic, local and regional cycling strategies are being developed within the BICY project that are based on mutual learning between the partners. Furthermore, the partners aim to implement concepts for bicycle networks, bicycle parking and theft prevention as well as innovative bicycle services in the different partner countries.
The project produced a brochure called “Bicycle Parking Made Easy – A guide to the construction of bicycle facilities”, that provides detailed information and guidelines about quality criteria, site planning and determination of parking needs for bicycle parking facilities. It is available for download on the Eltis website under the Tools for Practitioner section or from the BICY website in six European languages and is a great tool that underlines how bicycle parking measures can actively promote bicycle traffic and thus should be considered an important intervention in cities wanting to increase their bicycle share.
Another interesting brochure, “20 good reasons for cycling”, is a handy tool to convince decision makers and politicians of giving cycling a greater role in local transport policy. It showcases the advantages of cycling, backing them up with useful analyses and facts. It is an updated version of a brochure originally produced for the City of Graz and now available in eight European languages on the BICY website.
BICY- Cities and Regions of Bicycles is co-funded by Central Europe Programme
Download the BICY- Bicycle Parking Brochure here
Scan through the BICY outputs here
Contact: Project Coordinator: Susanne Wrighton
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