In April 2019, the City of Ghent in Belgium announced plans to introduce a low emission zone in the city centre. To gain access, petrol and natural gas vehicles will be required to comply with the Euro 2 norm. For diesel, vehicles must comply with Euro 5 to access the city centre. However, Ghent is differentiating access to the city centre in more detail by using a 3-category classification:
The European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual four-day event, during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to generate growth, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional-level action.
On 4 April 2019, the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region approved "Good Move", the regional mobility plan for the period until 2028.
The plan focuses on safety and quality of life by focusing on making neighbourhoods car-free, improving public transport, reducing private car ownership and better managing incoming car traffic. Specifically, the plan aims to reduce car use by 24% and quadruple the number of bicycle trips.
Why a new plan
This conference concludes the Conference of European Directors of Roads' (CEDR) Transnational Road Research Programme “User Needs in a multimodal context”, which funded the ISAAC and STTRIDE projects. The ISAAC consortium developed evidence-based recommendations to encourage a modal shift towards walking and cycling, whilst STTRIDE addresses how to use technological advances to deliver modal shifts.
The aim of the conference is to build knowledge and guidance on how to promote multimodality in the transport system. The conference will consider the following questions:
The European urban context faces new issues related to climate change, such as record-breaking heatwaves, pollution peaks and waste management. A number of solutions to fight against climate change and mitigate it in the best conditions are thought out locally, at municipal level.
This conference will present local solutions to these issues. Key topics include:
This year, the MaaS Alliance and TravelSpirit Foundation are hosting the Open Mobility Conference 2019!
This new event will examine how to build an open ecosystem of mobility and lay the foundations for seamless Mobility as a Service (MaaS).
The Belgian cities of Hasselt and Genk have developed a combined Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP), championing the notion that ‘mobility does not stop at the borders of a municipality’. The neighbouring cities worked together to design the SUMP. They took a spatial network approach to promote the use of public transport, inspire active mobility and discourage the use of heavily-polluting private vehicles. Implemented in 2014, the joint SUMP will be evaluated in full by the municipalities in 2019.
The 2019 edition of the Polis Annual Conference will take place in Brussels, Belgium, on 27-28 November 2019.
The Polis Annual Conference is Europe's leading event on sustainable urban mobility in cities and regions.
The call for exhibitors and sponsors is now open. View details here.
The call for speakers opens in March 2019 and registrations will open in June 2019.