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Mobility Update February 2013

By Admin Eltis / Updated: 15 Jan 2015

Welcome to the Eltis Mobility Update!

In this edition of Eltis Mobility Update we highlight two award competitions organised by ManagEnergy in the wake of the EU Sustainable Energy Week in June 2013. Both competitions provide an excellent opportunity to promote successful projects in the field of urban mobility. The deadline for submission is 8th March 2013.

The Sustainable Energy Europe Awards recognise and promote projects with proven impact in the field of energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and clean transport. The awards cover five categories: awareness raising projects (Communicating), educational programmes (Learning), buildings (Living), energy savings (Consuming) and clean mobility schemes (Travelling).

The ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award recognises public authorities and energy agencies at the local and regional level that have shown outstanding achievements in the area of renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean transport.

Winning projects will be showcased at the ManagEnergy annual conference and during a special ceremony in Brussels during the 2013 European Sustainable Energy Week. Selected projects will also be included in the next issue of the ManagEnergy Good Practice Brochure, promoted on the ManagEnergy website, and presented at various ManagEnergy events across Europe.

We are also taking a closer look at “Parking and its impact on local economy” in an article written by Prof. Tom Rye from Lund University in Sweden.

Your Eltis Team


One year of congestion charging in Milan: car traffic reduced by 31%

In 2012, motorised traffic decreased by 31% compared to 2011 data when the Ecopass congestion charge system was in force. This means that on average 41,000 vehicles are no longer entering the city centre on a daily basis.

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Taxi flat rate for 48 Euro per month in Frankfurt (Germany)

A new mobility concept is expected to start in the Rhine-Main Area later this year. People will be able to buy a TAXMOBIL card for a monthly flat rate of 48 Euro and then can use taxi services for free whenever they want.

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Large-scale refurbishment of Budapest's public transport information system (Hungary)

The first element of a new comprehensive traffic control and passenger information system was successfully inaugurated at the end of 2012, which will affect the entire public transport system of Budapest. As part of a roughly 25 million euro project (of which 60% comes from European Union funds) all 2,295 vehicles will be equipped with a GPS based system, which will make real-time traffic management easier than it is now.

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Multi-modal travel planning opens for public consultation

The EU is seeking public input to identify the remaining barriers to seamless, EU wide travel information to enable greener journeys. Making multi-modal journeys easy and convenient is key achieving a modal shift away from personal, motorised transport.

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Platform for the electrification of surface transport

The Platform for the Electrification of Surface Transport brings together eleven organisations from across industries and transport modes. It is committed to the promotion of further electrification of surface transport on a cooperative and multi-modal basis.
This newly formed Platform is organising a panel discussion on the electrification of transport at the European Parliament on Tuesday, 19th March 2013, from 18:30 to 20:30. Further information on the programme of the event will be made available shortly. If you wish to attend, please register online.

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First phase of London's Clean Air Fund programme has a positive effect

The Clean Air Fund provided by the UK Department for Transport allowed Transport for London to introduce a range of innovative and targeted measures that could reduce local levels of PM10. The Government provided £5m (€6m) for the first phase of the programme, which uses targeted short term measures to reduce local particulate matter (PM10) emissions and concentrations in the capital.

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Introducing: CHAMP

Why do some European cities have a much higher share of cycling compared to other cities with the same characteristics? How did champion cities in cycling become the leading cycling cities they are today? These are questions that the CHAMP project would like to answer in order to see how these leading cycling cities’ successes and failures can help other cities to become future cycling champions.

CHAMP, a European project funded under the Intelligent Energy for Europe Programme, brings together champion cities in the field of cycling. By looking at their counterparts in Europe, the CHAMP cities want to find ways to upgrade and optimise their cycle policy and collect new ideas for making cycling even safer and more attractive.

Cities cannot reach new goals and further improve their performance if they do not have a clear overview of their starting point and their strengths and weaknesses in the field of cycling. CHAMP has therefore developed and tested a performance assessment tool, which builds on two elements: a self-analysis and a peer review. After filling in a questionnaire on the current state of their cycling policy, each CHAMP city hosted a peer review team that tested the city’s cycling facilities and learned more about the underlying dynamics between different stakeholders. Both activities provided the necessary insight into the cities’ cycling policies as the basis for a performance analysis. The performance analysis revealed strengths and weaknesses in their cycling policies, as a baseline for setting new goals and to put cities on track towards further improvements in their cycling policy.

Although all CHAMP cities have already taken considerable steps to promote cycling, the gap analysis revealed that the development of cycling infrastructure alone is not enough to encourage people to cycle. Complementary actions need to be implemented, such as well-targeted promotion campaigns, innovative parking solutions and evaluation processes. It also became clear that after reaching a certain level of cycling, the co-existence between cycling and pedestrians cannot be overlooked. The measures that will soon be implemented in the CHAMP project aim to address these specific gaps.

The performance analysis also led to the development of a tool that allows other cycling cities to reflect on their current bicycle strategy, as a first step in determining the measures they should focus on when further improving their cycling strategy. This tool bundles all elements that are important in a comprehensive cycling policy and thereby allows identification of strengths and weaknesses. It is available at www.champ-cycling.eu/en/About-Champ/Objectives-tools/.


Building on the gap analysis, all seven CHAMP cities have recently completed their cycling strategy, identifying important elements and measures needed for further improving cycling conditions within their city. During the next year, the CHAMP cities will each implement two innovative cycling measures to address the identified gaps in their cycling policy. The cities have just finalised their measure implementation plans, including clear and measurable targets for each measure. The CHAMP measures cover a wide range of areas, as can be seen in the table below.

CHAMP cities

Current modal share

Cycling measures



Strategy for involving users

Awareness-raising campaign



Marketing campaign

Coexistence between cyclists for students



Marketing of routes

Residential bike parking



Route based cycle promotion

Creative bicycle parking solutions



Upgrade of the bicycle website

Mobile trip planner



Campaign: I walk the path you cycle

Bicycle Account



Campaign ”Healthy cyclists”

Method for monitoring and evaluation, including bicycle account

There will be a transfer of experiences between the cities during the implementation process and all cities will have hands-on training and internships in the coming months. Further, CHAMP's internal training and exchange programme will be made available to a selected number of cities from outside the consortium. Visit the CHAMP-website for info on the exchange programme. A final evaluation of the measures is planned at the beginning of 2014, focusing on lessons learned, which can be shared with other cities within and outside the consortium.

CHAMP will document how cycling policy in cities develops over time and how impetus may be maintained. This includes giving advice on how to maintain the momentum of a high quality cycling strategy over a long period and on possible barriers and drivers in relation to good and safe cycling practice. They will also provide reliable data on the possible impacts of soft measures to promote cycling, examine the transferability of policies, and assess the costs of a successful cycling action plan. Contact us if you’re interested!




Eltis user of the month


is Leea Catincescu from ABMEE (Agency of Brasov for the Management of Energy and Environment) in Romania

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