Welcome to the Eltis Mobility Update!
In this first 2013 edition of the Eltis Mobility Update we highlight the ‘Training’ section on the Eltis website. Eltis currently contains 45 training and educational resources on urban transport and related fields. New materials are added on a regular basis. You can recommend new materials to the Eltis community using the ‘Submit a Training Material’ button. This allows you to reach out to thousands of mobility professionals.
2011 saw the release of the “Guidelines on Developing and Implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan” as a working document. These Guidelines have been used as a reference document for a series of awareness raising and training events held throughout Europe. Views obtained at those European Commission funded events will be incorporated into a revised set of Guidelines. Until the 22nd of February you can also provide feedback on the working document and make suggestions for the final document on the SUMP website. Thank you in advance for your input!
In this month's guest article Peter Staelens, Project Coordinator at EUROCITIES for the EU-level management of European Mobility Week presents this annual campaign on sustainable urban mobility and the new EU initiative - ‘Do the Right Mix’.
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How clean are Europe's cars? 2012 Report
In previous years, T&E (Transport and Environment) assessed how each car manufacturer was positioned to hit their mandatory CO2 standards that the European Union has set for 2015 (130 g/km on average). This year, for the first time they focus on how manufacturers are positioned to achieve the 95 g/km targets for 2020.
National Plan for the promotion of the bicycle and other soft modes (Portugal)
An Inter-ministerial Working Group has completed and submitted the first “National Plan for the Promotion of the Bicycle and Other Soft Modes 2013-2020" to the Portuguese government. Portugal has a very low level of bicycle usage. According to the last census in 2011 only 0.5% of all commuting trips were done on the bicycle.
Lithuania introduces priority lanes for sustainable travellers
In recently adopted traffic code changes in Lithuania, communities will be able to designate special lanes for public transport, electric vehicles and car poolers.
Gothenburg begins the new year by introducing road tolling (Sweden)
The second largest city in Sweden, Gothenburg, decided to introduce road tolling in order to cut traffic more effectively.
Advanced traffic management system in Szczecin (Poland)
The authorities of Szczecin have invested the equivalent of €1.75 million in the most advanced traffic management system in Poland. With the help of large information boards car drivers are able to choose the most convenient route.
Making Sustainable Transport work for commuters: Allstate Northern Ireland
Allstate Northern Ireland encourages alternative ways of commuting and working, and have recently introduced a range of policies that make sustainable travel both convenient and cost-effective for their employees. These initiatives have resulted in the reduction of 27 (15%) car parking spaces at their Belfast office as an increasing number of employees choose not to drive to work.
Introducing: Active Travel Network
Most European cities are characterised by high levels of motorization and car use and motorisation. Often up to 25 % of all car trips in cities are not longer than 3 km - a distance that could easily be walked or cycled. So, for small and mid sized municipalities the focus on active travel modes is an appropriate approach to tackle transport problems.
The Active Travel Network aims to tackle transport problems caused by solo car use in small and medium sized cities by motivating individuals to walk or cycle. The project is co-funded by the URBACT-Programme which is a European exchange and learning programme promoting sustainable urban development, bringing together 9 partners from 7 European countries.
The main challenges of the project are:
- To raise awareness for cycling and walking as means of transport in cities so that cities are encouraged to implement appropriate supportive measures;
- To show that infrastructural measures alone are not sufficient to make people walking or cycling and that it also needs complementary soft measures (i.e. mobility management).
The main outputs of the project are Local Action Plans (LAP's) for each partner city. These LAPs provide concrete solutions to tackle the core issues identified during an Active Travel Audit (ATA) at the start of the project. The audit methodology is based upon the BYPAD audit scheme but has been modified and enriched for the topic of walking. For further details see the ATA Guidelines and the ATA Questionnaire.
Each partner city also carried out at least one awareness raising measure or campaign to strengthen the impact of the trans-national training and exchange of experience activities. These case studies have all been uploaded on Eltis in a summarised form. The extended versions can also be downloaded from the Active Travel Network site.
The final project brochure (published in November 2012) describes the baseline situation, the challenges, summaries of the most important points from the LAP's of each partner city, and highlights of the work of the local support groups in these cities.
Eltis user of the month
is Maciej Michnej, a research assistant at the Cracow University of Technology, Institute of Rail Vehicles, Poland
13. - 14. February 2013
10. - 12. March 2013
14. March 2013
20. March 2013
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