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By Hannah Figg / Updated: 17 Dec 2018

Breda wins 2019 Access City Award for making the city more accessible to citizens with disabilities


The 2019 Access City Award goes to the city of Breda, in the Netherlands, for continuously making improvements to make life easier for people with disabilities.

The award was handed out this morning at the Access City Award Ceremony, taking place in Brussels. Breda is a source of inspiration for cities in Europe and beyond, which encounter similar challenges.

By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 14 Dec 2018

SAVE THE DATE: 6th European Conference on SUMPs, 17-18 June 2019


Planning for Sustainable and Active Cities: 17-18 June 2019, Groningen, The Netherlands

The 6th edition of the European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans will be held on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 June 2019 in Groningen, The Netherlands. The focus of the conference is on providing support to sustainable and active cities within the SUMP context, i.e. how to make cities more walkable and cycle-friendly.

By Tom Nokes / Updated: 23 Apr 2019

6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP)

The European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans is Europe's leading annual event for all those involved in putting the SUMP concept into practice. The event offers opportunities to network, debate key issues and to exchange ideas on sustainable urban mobility planning. 

The conference will take place at De Oosterpoort, in Groningen, The Netherlands. 


By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 15 Nov 2018

Eight municipalities have created a SUMP for a polycentric region


Eight municipalities in the region of North Limburg in The Netherlands have come together to develop and implement a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP). Using a collaborative approach, they have attempted to tackle mobility challenges in a polycentric region that features urban and rural centres. The region is car-dependent with an ageing and declining population; all of which has had an impact on its SUMP approach. The involvement of each of the eight municipalities is voluntary. A SUMP has been produced that is both a plan and a set of processes that cross administrative boundaries.

By Ralf Tinga / Updated: 07 Nov 2018

Dutch road traffic faces 35% increase in travel time by 2023


Recent forecasts from the Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis have predicted significantly longer travel times for road traffic due to congestion. In five years, travel times for car traffic is expected to go up by roughly one third. Increased road capacity will not be able to accommodate the growth of traffic.

By Ralf Tinga / Updated: 22 Oct 2018

Traffic lights ‘talk’ with cars in North Holland pilot


The region of North Holland has run the first pilot project of autonomous vehicles on public roads in the Netherlands.

The cars were connected with each other and with intelligent traffic lights. The intelligent traffic lights were able to monitor the traffic, anticipate traffic levels and to communicate with oncoming vehicles. They were also able to inform the cars of the time remaining before the lights turned green or red and to stay green longer if this helped to improve the flow.

By Ralf Tinga / Updated: 01 Oct 2018

Will Mobility as a Service change our travel behaviour?


Will 'Mobility as a Service', or 'MaaS', change our travel behaviour? To answer this question, the Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis (KiM) studied the experiences with MaaS across Europe and consulted focus groups in both urban and peripheral regions.

By Mobility Academy / Updated: 12 Sep 2018

World Collaborative Mobility Congress

This year's edition of wocomoco will take place in Rotterdam on 06 and 07 November, in the famous Van Nelle Factory. There will be two tents next to the main stage, which will function as side tables and together with the main stage will create a space for intensive discussions and the possibility to freely switch between topics and actions.

By Raffaele Vergnani / Updated: 27 Aug 2018

Shared mobility part of Dutch renovation project


In the Dutch city of Rijswijk, an innovative car sharing scheme – one of the first of its kind in the country - has recently been implemented in a newly converted residential complex made up of 62 apartments. The apartments are located in the site of an old building, which is in the final phase of its conversion.

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By Ralf Tinga / Updated: 13 Aug 2018

Can the petrol-powered light moped be phased out?


There are 700 000 light mopeds in use in The Netherlands; only 6 % of these are electric. The other 94 % are petrol-powered and cause relatively high levels of pollution in cities. The Dutch Parliament ordered a study, which has recently been published, to explore whether there was support for a phase-out of petrol-powered mopeds amongst moped owners.

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