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Mobility Update July 2013

By Admin Eltis / Updated: 15 Jan 2015

Welcome to the Eltis Mobility Update!

Among the regular selection of interesting news, events, case studies and other relevant stories, in this issue of the Eltis Mobility Update, we present an insight into the transport policy of the Swiss City of Basel. They have set a very ambitious target of reducing car traffic by 10% in 10 years. How can Basel’s transport policy achieve this? How drastic does transport policy need to be? In this month’s video statement Hans-Peter Wessels, the Executive Councillor of Basel tells us about their plans e.g. to encourage commuters to switch to sustainable modes of transport. Among other measures this is to be planned by extending the public transport system (pull) and at the same time to implement a paid parking system (push) where commuters pay as much as an annual PT ticket costs.

We wish you pleasant reading / listening and enjoyable holidays.

Your Eltis Team


This summer, Île-de-France has only one transport zone instead of five (France)

At the end of May, STIF, the transport authority in Île-de-France, approved the merger of all five travel zones in Paris Region into a single zone, for the summer period. In July and August, public transport users of zones 1 to 5 will benefit from a 7.5% reduction in their monthly transport subscriptions.

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Odense creates bike-keen school children (Denmark)

In the Municipality of Odense’s project, “Cycle School,” the bike has become part of a solution to challenges rather than simply raising the question of why kids don’t bike to school. Here, the bike has been integrated into all aspects of the school’s daily routine. About 80% of all children above third grade now walk or bike to school in Odense.

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Large-scale modernisation of public transport fleet in Budapest (Hungary)

Although it still has a relatively high modal share (approximately 50%), public transport in Budapest could not maintain its attractiveness in times of budget cuts and rapidly increasing private motorisation. Recent developments - however - promise a remarkable change to this situation. Among other state-of-the-art Metro-vehicles, a new metro line, 24 low-floor trolley buses and 37 new trams will be purchased by 2014.

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World’s largest bike parking space in Utrecht (the Netherlands)

Utrecht is building a much needed new Station Area. Ever since the Hoog Catharijne shopping mall was built in the 1970s, there had been overdue maintenance, neglect, a growing number of passengers, a growing city and the desire to get water back in the old canal. With the construction of a new and renewed area all these issues are being tackled at once, including the development of a brand new innovative bike parking space.

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Transport Learning: new training materials

The EU project TRANSPORT LEARNING has developed tailor-made training materials for eight transport related topics. The full set of training materials (slides and written material) is now available in eight languages at www.eltis.org or at www.transportlearning.net

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Marco Polo programme –results and outlook

The EC has adopted a Communication on the Marco Polo programme (2003 – 2013) which helps companies introduce transport services that shift freight off roads and on to more environmentally friendly modes such as short-sea shipping, rail and inland waterways.

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Cooperative Mobility for Urban Freight Energy Efficiency in Helmond (The Netherlands)

Increasing energy efficiency and reducing emissions from goods delivery vehicles can bring significant benefits to urban areas. As a European first, the city of Helmond will operate a cooperative mobility service on a commercial basis supporting logistics operators to achieve more reliable, efficient and clean deliveries.

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Introducing B-Track-B - Bike the track/ Track the bike

Cycling is considered the best mode of transport for short distances (2 to 5 km), especially in urban areas where these are often leisure trips. The promotion of cycling to replace car travel is an excellent means to reduce fossil fuel use and make a major contribution to energy efficiency. Cycle promotion for leisure has huge potential for achieving emission reductions. B-Track-B encourages families to take the bike to sports matches, parks, shopping malls, cinemas, theatres, festivals and similar leisure destinations. This will be done through an innovative track-the-bike "lottery" based on recording (tracking) family leisure trips made by bike.

The “Bike the track/ track the bike” (B-Track-B) concept is based on a combination of successful pilots taking place in Denmark (city of Fredericia, cycle registration systems), Italy, France (GPS tracking during bike leisure events), Slovenia (involvement of cycle associations) and the Netherlands (the “Ride2Scool” project in Rotterdam). Results from Fredericia show that participants cycle 50% more than previously.

Using new technology

The B-Track-B project combines cycling, games and social media with journey tracking to boost cycling to, from and during leisure activities. The project offers three options to track journeys: self-reporting, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) or GPS tracking technology. This allows any city in Europe to participate in the project, no matter what kind of technology they have available.

In addition to tracking, B-Track-B runs at least 14 large scale campaigns and fosters hundreds of smaller leisure cycle side-events that will influence the mobility behaviour of the whole family.

Target group

The main target groups of the B-Track-B concept are families with children aged 9-15 living in urban areas. Due to their complex mobility patterns, they are the group that use the private car most, even though the children are old enough to cycle on their own to leisure destinations. Helping them to establish a cycling habit now will result in additional energy efficiency in the long term.

Presently 700 families are directly participating within the B-Track-B campaign through targeted actions from partners. Indirectly, many more families are reached through accompanying promotional events and communication.

What can B-track-B mean for your city?

Other cities can join B-Track-B and start a local campaign, tracking and rewarding families for cycling more. B-track-B offers interested cities the following package:

A website available in your own language with a local campaign name, allowing you to track and reward your participants;
An application for both i-phone and Android in your own language;
Communication materials (brochure, banner, etc.) which can be adjusted to suit your city;
Training sessions and advice on how to use the software and hardware to track and reward the cyclists.
Real-life examples from seven cities in seven countries that have implemented the B-track-B concept;

For more information have a look at our website (www.btrackb.eu) or contact the coordinators of the project.

Patrick van Egmond
Email: p.v.egmond@dtvconsultants.nl
Phone: +352 691 040175

Henk Hendriks
Email: h.hendriks@ecf.com
Phone: +31 30 2918144

Eltis user of the month

is Alberto Castro, Research Associate at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Sustainable Development.
>> read more about Alberto Castro

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