Welcome to the Eltis Mobility Update!
The user network, Friends of Eltis, started in December 2010 and has quickly become very popular. After only three months 150 people had joined the network. In May 2012 we reached the magical number of 1000. So far, people from 54 countries all over the world have registered. The highest number of Friends come from Italy (114) followed by Portugal (108), Austria (106), Belgium (98) and Germany (93). The Friend N° 1000 is Emily Toumpoulidou from Greece. Emily is also our User of the Month - read more about her here.
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In this month's guest column, Dr Marcin Wolek from the University of Gdansk and Councillor of Gdynia City talks about the challenges for public transport in the New Member States.
We wish you pleasant reading.
Your Eltis Team
Call for tender: organising events in the field of transport and mobility policies
The European Commission is launching an invitation to tender for services with a view to concluding a multiple framework contract in cascade for the provision of assistance and services related to the organisation of conferences, exhibitions and other events in the field of mobility and transport policies.
The indicative maximum amount is €9,500,000 over a period of four years. The deadline for receipt of tenders is 27/06/2012.
>> read more information on the call for tender, such as the Contract Notice, the Tenders Invitation, and the Tender Specifications.
Brussels gives priority to pedestrians (Belgium)
“Walking should be taken more seriously," says Brussels Secretary of State for Mobility Bruno De Lille. Currently, 32% of trips in the capital region are made on foot. This percentage should increase to 35% by 2020 and to 40% by 2040. There is potential for change, as a quarter of the residents of Brussels use the car for trips under one kilometre. The plan contains ten guidelines for making the region's infrastructure more pedestrian-friendly.
So far this strategic plan has not been translated into concrete actions. It first needs approval from various advisory committees.
Budapest rolls out red ‘carpet’ for cyclists (Hungary)
The project involves a reconfiguration of existing infrastructure on Andrássy Avenue: the old bike lanes ran down a harrowing narrow gap between the gutter and parked cars. The project simply switched the positions of the cars and bike lanes. Now the parking hugs the curb and cyclists ride on the other side next to moving traffic.
Single ticket for train and bus in Warsaw (Poland)
The relevant agreement for this important step forward in public transport integration was signed on 22 May between the Public Transport Authority of Warsaw and the company Regional Railways (Przewozy Regionalne). The new ticket goes on sale on 1 June 2012. This solution will allow train passengers to use all modes of city transportation - buses, trams, metro and Rapid Urban Railway - within the first “city” zone for an hour, with transfers at no extra cost.
Multi-million pound boost for children’s cycling (UK)
Funding has been allocated to local highway authorities and schools across the UK for the national Bikeability scheme. Bikeability is a national cycle training scheme that has been developed by more than 20 professional organisations. It involves three levels of cycle training aimed at 11-18 year olds with certificates and badges awarded to children as they pass each level.
New book published on best practices in cycling and walking (Finland)
The material for the book was gathered under a Finnish research project called PYKÄLÄ during 2009–2011. Ten European cities that are forerunners at the international level were involved in the project. The book offers the latest knowledge to promote cycling and walking. It offers points of view, solutions and ideas for planners and decision makers in cities, municipalities and public administrations. The best European practices are illustrated with hundreds of colour pictures.
Dedicated route planner for walking in South London (UK)
As part of their activities to reduce air pollution, the London Borough of Lewisham promotes walking as the most sustainable transport mode. As changing people’s travel behaviour remains a huge challenge, Lewisham Borough Council decided to encourage walking by introducing a new local route planning tool.
The Big Commuter Experiment, Gothenburg (Sweden)
In 2010 Västtrafik launched a public campaign called "The Big Commuter Experiment". Motorists were offered a free two-week ticket on public transport. Car owners received information in a letter sent to their homes. The letter was combined with a public campaign in newspapers, on billboards and on a dedicated campaign site on the internet. 50 133 motorists applied for the free ticket, 27 498 of whom met the criteria and they all received a two-week public transport ticket in the post.
Direct Marketing Programme for Local Public Transport in Albacete, Spain
In the framework of the AD PERSONAM project, the municipality of Albacete implemented a direct marketing programme aiming to change the mobility behaviour of participating citizens and promote local public transport (LPT) for their home-to-work travels. The initiative has proven the effectiveness of the approach and 62% of the participants became new public transport users.
Introducing: CEMOBIL - The e-mobility project.
With the project “CEMOBIL”, Klagenfurt, the capital city of Carinthia, is an urban showpiece and a role model for e-mobility. Klagenfurt implements a bundle of measures and vehicles and creates a network of clean mobility that will emerge in Klagenfurt by 2015.
The project was launched in September 2010 and demonstrates that e-mobility can be feasible and successful in European cities such as Klagenfurt on Lake Wörthersee. Furthermore it proves that effective and sustainable improvements in environmental quality in cities are achievable without imposing undue restraints on individual mobility.
1,500 electric cars by 2015
CEMOBIL will reduce air pollutants and CO2 emissions by increasing the share of electric cars to 10% of all new registrations. The acquisition of private e-vehicles is encouraged by special business models. The goal for 2015 is that at least 1,500 electric cars will be on the road in Klagenfurt, reducing CO2 emissions by 1,900 t per year. The electricity for these vehicles is provided from renewable sources.
Implementation and facts
All in all, 66 electric vehicles (44 passenger cars, 10 bikes, 10 scooters, 1 e-bus and 1 e-solar boat) will be purchased and tested. The solar boat will operate from summer 2012 on. At the same time, the necessary infrastructure is being developed and set up – at least 50 charging stations will be erected in and around Klagenfurt. Using eco-electricity from renewable energy sources, CEMOBIL will make a valuable contribution to climate protection and help reduce air pollution and noise.
Another 50 charging stations are to be provided through private initiatives (e.g. residential building cooperatives, shopping centres, etc.). In addition, a self-sufficient photovoltaic charging station has already been built.
Private persons, public institutions, driving schools and taxi companies are all able to test drive e-vehicles. Between 2010 and 2012, 87,000 km were driven by the test drivers with an average power consumption of 20 kWh/100km – saving around 10,000 kg CO2. It was ensured that renewable energy was used to charge the vehicles. Test drivers who did not already use green electricity in their homes had to buy a voucher for 46 kWh.
To boost the chances of success, accompanying measures have been implemented, such as mobility concepts, urban environmental zones, special parking arrangements for e-vehicles, environmental monitoring, PPP-models as well as marketing activities and media campaigns.
Want to discover CEMOBIL yourself?
The project also includes a significant outreach element, by providing possibilities for site-visits to possible follower regions and by setting up the first European platform for e-mobility in urban areas. For further information contact Sandra Habib (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Doris Wiederwald (email@example.com).
Stay informed about CEMOBIL
Subscribe to the CEMOBIL Newsletter (available in German and English).
CEMOBIL Website: www.cemobil.eu (English and German version available)
Eltis user of the month
is Emily Toumpoulidou, University of Piraeus, Greece
20. June 2012
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Friend of Eltis
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