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Mobility Update June 2013

By Admin Eltis / Updated: 15 Jan 2015

Welcome to the Eltis Mobility Update!

Welcome to the latest edition of the Eltis Mobility Update. To help you find out what's new and happening in Europe, as always, we present you with the best news stories and case studies on urban mobility.

This month’s video statement comes from Mikael Colville-Andersen. He is specialised in urban planning and bicycle planning as well as marketing, behavioural and promotion campaigns that promote cycling positively. The strength of his global brands – Copenhagenize & Cycle Chic – forms a solid foundation to influence and engage both citizens and policy-makers all over the world. Eltis met Mikael at the Velo City Conference in Vienna and asked him to talk about his view on liveable cities and the need to encourage people to cycle and walk.

Your Eltis Team


Health and economic benefits of active mobility (Germany)

The German Federal Environment Agency has released a study about the economic aspects of non-technical measures to reduce traffic emissions. It reveals that green mobility can also benefit the economy, public health and people’s individual budgets.

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Global Summit of Transport Ministers calls for better transport funding

Ministers from the 54 member countries of the International Transport Forum are calling for more investment in strategic transport infrastructure and services.

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Access restriction in Milan becomes permanent (Italy)

The successful results of the one-year trial of the congestion charge scheme in Milan's Area C have convinced the City Council to turn the temporary measure into a permanent one.

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ASSISTANT helps older people navigate public transport

It is estimated that in Europe today, older people make about half of their trips by car. The ASSISTANT project (Aiding SuStainable Independent Senior TrAvellers to Navigate in Towns) is creating tools to reduce their dependency on the car.

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What Cities Want study looks into tomorrow’s mobility

In "What Cities Want" – a current study by the Technical University of Munich, commissioned by MAN Group – 15 international cities provide information on how they want to more positively design their urban traffic in the future. This is especially interesting in accordance with SUMP.

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How cities can motivate mobility mindsets

This paper from the URBACT "Motivating mobility mindsets" workstream focuses on the ways in which cities can facilitate the transition to a new urban mobility, which is more fundamentally linked to the quality of space, to a new mindset, and is built on integration between policy priorities and multi-stakeholder buy-in.

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Synaptic Awards for Excellence in Seamless Mobility

The Synaptic Awards serve as a catalyst for innovative action in the field of urban and regional transport in European cities and regions, and the sharing of innovative practices.

The 2013 Synaptic Award winners are:

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Introducing ADVANCE - Audit and Certification Scheme

ADVANCE is co-funded by the European Commission through the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme. It helps cities and municipalities to implement and improve the quality of their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) and policies through the ADVANCE Audit process.

The ADVANCE Audit offers a systematic approach to identifying potential areas for improvement of a city's SUMP. It compares cities’ mobility planning practices to an ideal sustainable urban mobility planning process. The definition of an ideal planning process is based on the guidelines 'Developing and implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan', prepared as part of a European Commission initiated project.

Each city will receive the ADVANCE Certificate as a proof for having correctly applied the ADVANCE Audit process and a sign for an authority's commitment to sustainable urban mobility planning.

How long does the ADVANCE Audit take and who is involved?

The entire audit process takes about four to six months. The process consists of five different steps, in which the city's representatives, internal stakeholders and an external auditor (the ADVANCE Auditor) work together. These key actors are represented in the ADVANCE working group and meet formally four times during the audit process.

ADVANCE Audit process step by step


What are the main tools to conduct the ADVANCE Audit?

The main tool is the self-assessment questionnaire, filled in by each member of the ADVANCE working group. In addition, the ADVANCE Auditor is responsible for collecting and analysing relevant planning documents, assessing the cities baseline situation using checklists, as well as getting an impression about the mobility situation during a site visit. The completed questionnaire and the auditor's findings are then discussed in the working group. Ultimately, it is the aim of the audit process to reach consensus on the relative strengths and weaknesses of current planning practices and to establish a prioritised list of actions that would improve a city's Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan and mobility policies.

What is the status of ADVANCE?

There is now a full working version of the ADVANCE Audit available. In December 2012, the project trained 18 ADVANCE Auditors. Currently, these auditors conduct ADVANCE Audits in nine European cities: Szczecin (PL), Terrassa (ES), Zilina (SK), Ploiesti (RO), Agioi – Anargyroi and Kamatero (GR), Malmö (SE), Judenburg (AT), Maribor (SI) and Schaerbeek (Brussels Region -BE).

The final output of an ADVANCE Audit is an action plan containing concrete recommendations on how to improve mobility planning. In Zilina, for example, the local action plan contains the following recommendations: establishment of a Mobility Forum; introduction of new cycling routes; and the provision of a feedback platform for citizens.

Further results from Zilina and other cities will be available in September 2013. The experiences gained during these audits will be used by the project to further refine the ADVANCE Audit before publishing the final version in September 2013.

Where can I find more information?

The prototype of the ADVANCE Audit and a detailed description of the process are available on the ADVANCE web site.

Are you interested to become an ADVANCE Auditor?

ADVANCE will conduct a series of national training seminars between October and December 2013. If you are interested in attending, or require more information about dates and locations, details are available here.

Would you like to provide feedback on the ADVANCE Audit?

If you have any comments concerning the ADVANCE Audit, please send us your feedback via email to: info@eu-advance.eu. We will be very happy to answer to it immediately.

Eltis user of the month

is Lidija Pavic-Rogošic, Director of the ODRAZ-Sustainable Community Development.
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