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Mobility Update November2011

By Admin Eltis / Updated: 15 Jan 2015

Welcome to the Eltis Mobility Update!

In this edition we would light on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans and current efforts to encourage their uptake across Europe. We also interviewed Hep Monatzeder, the Vice Mayor of the German City of Munich, on Munich's cycling campaign – one of the biggest such campaigns for a city of this size. And to our Ukrainian readers, we are very pleased to announce the translation of the first four Eltis case studies into Ukrainian. We wish you all an enjoyable read.

Your Eltis Team


Joint EESC – EC Conference on the White Paper on Transport

The EESC-EC Conference on the White Paper on Transport – The Viewpoint of European Civil Society - aims to bring together a broad range of users and stakeholders to discuss their views on this major policy document. The event will take place on 5 December 2011 in Brussels.
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Congestion costs billions to world economy

ECF Policy Officer Ceri Woolgrove investigates the darker side of traffic jams. As roads worldwide continue to be clogged with cars, it's time to ask ourselves: how much does a traffic jam really cost? A recent study by the Texan Transport Institute pinned the US figure at US$101 billion (thousand million) annually.
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A network of electric car charging stations is planned for Wroclaw (Poland)

The authorities in the Polish city of Wroclaw have announced that they are ready to begin the process of building a network of electric car charging stations. The city will cover 50% of the costs with the other half met by power companies. The project is to be completed by 15th December 2011.
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Pelican crossing providing pedestrian green wave celebrates its 3rd year in operation (Austria)

In autumn 2008, the City of Graz implemented a new type of pelican crossing on one the streets in the city that has particularly high pedestrian and cyclist flows. The typical pattern of vehicle priority was turned on its head. Now, cyclists and pedestrians always have a green, and only if a car approaches does the traffic light turn red for people on foot and on their bike.
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EPOMM welcomes three new members

In 2011, EPOMM welcomed three new members to its network. Finland, Norway and Italy joined, bringing the total number of EPOMM members to 10 countries.  With the support of EPOMM, Finland and Norway hope to gain recognition for Mobility Management as a standard practice in their countries. Italy already has long standing experience in Mobility Management (MM), but seeks to expand its current rather restricted focus, which is limited mainly to MM in companies.
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Case Studies

Leipzig triples number of bicycle riders

The City of Leipzig in Germany (approx. 525,000 inhabitants) has tripled the number of cyclists in the city over the last 20 years. The key to this success was large-scale infrastructure development, a change in people's attitudes towards cycling and a supportive organisational structure.
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Public Bike Scheme as a Social Business, Tirana, Albania

Tirana, Albania, implemented Ecovolis, a small-scale, low-tech public bicycle system, which could serve as a model for other cities where transport cycling is a new concept and where funding is limited.
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TEMS - The EPOMM Modal Split Tool

EPOMM the European Platform on Mobility Management, has launched TEMS - an online modal split tool allowing access to modal split data from more than 250 cities across Europe.
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Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans
What they are and how they will be promoted in Europe

A Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan is a strategic plan designed to satisfy the mobility needs of people and businesses in cities and their surroundings and its overall objective is to achieve a better quality of life. It is a way of tackling transport-related problems in urban areas more efficiently than has been the case in the past. Building on existing practices and regulatory frameworks in a country (such as land use planning laws, for example), the basic characteristics of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan are:

  • A participatory approach that involves citizens and stakeholders from the outset and throughout the planning process;
  • A pledge for sustainability to balance economic development, social equity and environmental quality;
  • An integrated approach that considers practices and policies of different policy sectors, authority levels, and neighbouring authorities;
  • A clear vision, objectives and a focus on achieving measurable targets that are embedded in an overall sustainable development strategy;
  • A review of transport costs and benefits, taking into account wider societal costs and benefits.

Today, different approaches to sustainable urban mobility planning exist throughout Europe. While England and Wales (Local and Regional Transport Plans) or France (Plans de Déplacements Urbains) may be considered forerunners, the approach is rather new or does not even exist in other parts of the EU, including most notably the New Member States of Central and Eastern Europe.

The need for more sustainable and integrative planning processes – particularly also in sectors related to urban mobility – has been widely recognised. At the European level Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans have gained increased recognition and importance. In its Transport White Paper of 2011, the European Commission encourages cities above a certain size to develop Urban Mobility Plans and proposes to examine the possibility of a mandatory approach.

Back In 2009, the European Commission proposed as part of its Action Plan on Urban Mobility to accelerate the take-up of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in Europe. As a result, the Commission contracted a group of universities, consultants and city networks to carry out a knowledge consolidation exercise and develop guidance material on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans. Based on expert consultations and interviews with about one hundred experts from all over Europe, both a review of the State of the Art and, very importantly, new Guidelines for the Development and Implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans were produced in early 2011.

These documents are available for download at www.mobilityplans.eu. They serve as reference material for awareness raising events targeted at national multipliers as well as technical seminars and experience exchange events for local planners and implementers. These events are to be offered in 31 European countries over the next 12 months - all events will be held in the respective national language.

Further information on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans as well as specific awareness raising events, seminars and experience exchange events can be obtained at www.mobilityplans.eu or by contacting Frank Wefering at +49-221-60605513 or f.wefering@rupprecht-consult.eu.




Eltis user of the month

is Marianne Weinreich, vice chairman of the Cycling Embassy of Denmark

>> read more about Marianne Weinreich

Interview of the month


This month we interviewed Hep Monatzeder, the Vice Mayor of the German City of Munich, who is in charge of the campaign Cycling Capital Munich ('Radlhauptstadt'). In his answers to questions from the Eltis team, he gives an inspiring insight into Munich's campaign to increase cycling in the city – one of the biggest such campaigns for a city of this size.

To listen to the full interview click here (video files in English only). 


Forthcoming events

29 - 30 November 2011

Polis & EESC conference "Innovation in transport"


30 - 01 November / December 2011

E-Mobility: Future Growth of EVs 2011


01 December 2011

CityMobil Workshop


05 December 2011

EC Conference on the White Paper on Transport


05 – 09 December 2011

Transport Policy in Practice


13 December 2011

Carbon Aware Travel Choice Final Conference


Friend of Eltis

Some of the new registered Friends of Eltis are:

Damien O'Tuama, IE

Maya Kristeva, BG

David Vale, PT

Zuzana Hamadakova, SK

Françoise Guaspare, BE

Juliana DeCastro, BR

Paul McCullough, UK

Ana Yuncal Olea, ES

Andrea Wehrenfennig, IT

Chau Hop Nguyen Phan, DE

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