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In this month’s video statement Michael Cramer, Member of the European Parliament talks about transport policy, reduction of CO2 emissions and initiatives of the European Parliament to support sustainable transport.
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WHO launches Pedestrian Safety Manual
The Pedestrian Safety Manual, jointly developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the FIA Foundation, the Global Road Safety Partnership and the World Bank, provides practical information on how to plan, implement and evaluate a pedestrian safety programme.
Gothenburg congestion charge fulfils expectations (Sweden)
Europe’s newest experience with congestion charging has reduced peak hour traffic by 20%, but it may soon face a citizens’ referendum since a protest against the charge has mustered a reported 50,000 signatures.
Germany’s first umbrella vending machine inside a bus
The transport operator for Unna County (VKU) has equipped buses of Route S30 with umbrella vending machines. The small vending machines were installed in the standing area of the bus so, if it starts to rain during their ride, passengers can buy an umbrella for 4 Euro.
Hasselt cancels free public transport after 16 years (Belgium)
The city of Hasselt abolished public transport fares in 1997 within the city range and, since then, both the number of travellers and the number of routes and buses has increased over time. Until June 1997, there were approximately 1,000 Hasselt bus passengers per day. Ten years later there was an average of 12,600. Now, however, after 16 years, Hasselt has had to take budgetary efforts to keep costs under control and the Town Council has decided that subsidies for bus transport are to be abolished.
CIVINET Slovenia-Croatia Network established
The City of Ljubljana in Slovenia along with eight Slovenian and eight Croatian towns and cities as well as nine other organisations officially launched the CIVINET Slovenia–Croatia network during a meeting in Ljubljana on April 25th 2013. Participants signed a Memorandum expressing their commitment to strengthening the exchange of knowledge, information and experience gained within the CIVITAS initiative to other members of the network.
Discussion continues on Energy Performance Certificate for new Housing Developments.
Last month we published an article about a new approach to calculating the Energy Performance Certificate for new Housing Developments which takes account of the travel patterns of future inhabitants. Housing developments well served by Public Transport and well integrated in compact and dense urban areas perform much better using this method than isolated ones.
This raises two interesting questions:
 Why do you think urban sprawl seems to be such a difficult matter to tackle?
 Do you think these new Energy Performance Indicators can help to reduce urban sprawl?
Introducing: ISEMOA – an efficient tool to improve the quality of accessibility
ISEMOA seeks to improve accessibility of pedestrian, cyclist, and public transport services and facilities allowing citizens to adopt a less car-dependent life-style. The ISEMOA Quality Management System (ISEMOA QMS) closely examines the whole journey – from door-to-door. Each journey is composed of several elements that together make up the “mobility chain”. It is crucial that the whole mobility chain is accessible! If there is a barrier in one of the elements, then the whole mobility chain does not work.
Improving accessibility in a town, city or region can bring about a host of benefits both for individuals and for society:
- Provide more independence for all citizens
- Enhance social inclusion of Persons with Reduced Mobility (PRM)
- Reveal cost savings (by avoiding the necessity of costly subsequent amendments and reconstructions)
- Enable everyone to use sustainable transport modes, contribute to less pollution and save energy
- Improve service quality (for pedestrians, cyclists, and public transport users) and ensure facilities are adapted to anyone's needs
- Ensure that day-to-day services are just as accessible for non-motorists as for motorists
Investing in accessibility is a cost effective way of contributing to a sustainable economy and tackling the future challenges of demographic, economic and environmental changes.
The ISEMOA QMS follows a structured quality management approach based on a moderated audit process. This proven approach, guided by an ISEMOA auditor, helps local and regional stakeholders to assess the level of accessibility of public space and public transport in their area, and it helps to develop strategies and measures for improving the accessibility work.
More details about the ISEMOA QMS and the ISEMOA materials are available in 13 languages on www.isemoa.eu.
All over Europe more than 175 qualified ISEMOA auditors have been trained to support and guide local and regional stakeholders with the implementation of the ISEMOA Quality Management System. Cities or regions interested in implementing the ISEMOA Quality Management System can find contact details of all ISEMOA auditors on www.isemoa.eu.
How does ISEMOA benefit a local area?
- Establish a comprehensive view of accessibility
- Raise awareness of the importance of accessibility
- Improve credibility, efficiency, and effectiveness of the work on improving accessibility
- Identify strengths and weaknesses
- Gain inspiration and new ideas for improving accessibility
- Establish a systematic and effective structure for accessibility planning, implementation, and evaluation
- Establish a system of effective stakeholder involvement and communication
ISEMOA has proven to be equally beneficial for small municipalities as well as large cities or regions all over Europe, regardless of their level of experience working on accessibility. During the project ISEMOA has been implemented in 18 municipalities, cities, and regions in 14 European countries.
ISEMOA (due to finish in May 2013) is an IEE project co-funded within the STEER programme of the European Commission.
Eltis user of the month
is Aurore ASOREY, EU project manager from Tisséo-SMTC (Public Transport Authority of Greater Toulouse, France).
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