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By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 29 Mar 2018

Maastricht to follow German example introducing its Low Emission Zone


The city of Maastricht has announced its plans to introduce a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) next year. The measure is part of the city’s efforts to improve air quality.

Unlike other Dutch cities that have introduced an LEZ, or have announced plans to do so, Maastricht is the first Dutch city planning to use a vignette system, following the example of the green environmental badge (Umweltplakette) used in Germany. Critics fear a patchwork of rules and enforcement systems for LEZ will emerge.

By Tom Nokes / Updated: 17 Jan 2018

SPRING CONFERENCE 2018: Managing Change and Growth In Places of Connection

A European conference celebrating urban transport nodes and urban (re)development around main public transport nodes will take place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from 23 - 25 May 2018.

Several flagship projects from around Europe will share their experiences. It will bring together the leaders of each development and focuses on collaboration between stakeholders, landowners, and civil society representatives.

For more information, please contact this email address: springconference2018@utrecht.nl.

By Renske Martijnse / Updated: 13 Oct 2017

How a SUMP helped the development of a SULP in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (the Netherlands)


In addition to developing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, ‘s-Hertogenbosch is updating its Sustainable Urban Logistics Plan (SULP) to incorporate its inner city. By improving and expanding existing logistics measures, the city will create “multi-solution measures” based on a community approach.

Using this approach, policy targets can be combined and support and commitment from stakeholders maximised. Five measures have already been elaborated and a roadmap is in place to gain the necessary political approval for the SULP.

By Jan-Willem Van ... / Updated: 13 Oct 2017

Utrecht's SUMP: moving from theory to practice (the Netherlands)


A new and integrated planning approach is required for designing the cities of the future. Utrecht recognised this and adopted the Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) framework.

This case study outlines how Utrecht moved from developing its SUMP to making practical design choices and implementing measures to create a healthier and more sustainable city. The changes these decisions instigated in public spaces and their positive impact on sustainable mobility are also shown.

By News Editor / Updated: 09 Oct 2017

Using traffic cameras to cut Rotterdam's congestion (The Netherlands)


Traffic cameras are an established feature of road infrastructure, and have been broadcasting live to the monitoring centres of transport authorities for a while. Normally that video is reserved for the eyes of operators.

In Rotterdam, however, a new website has been launched that allows members of the public to see the live footage from 24 cameras located in 19 different locations around the city. The new cameras are complementary to the existing traffic information network.

By News Editor / Updated: 04 Oct 2017

Negotiable parking rights tested in virtual experiment (the Netherlands)


A trial beginning this month in Amsterdam will test negotiable parking rights: the price of a parking space will come to depend on the 'market'.

Conducted by the Vrije University of Amsterdam (VU), 500 motorists from Rotterdam are set to take part. A so-called "lab-in-the-field" experiment, the trading behaviour of participants will be tested in a virtual environment.

Each participant receives a stipulated parking budget and a number of parking permits which they then use to decide how the parking spaces are allocated.

By DuivenbodeL / Updated: 18 Jan 2018

Smart Urban Mobility solutions: bridging the gap

Join our discussion on how to bridge the gap between supply and demand for smart urban mobility solutions in Amsterdam on 27 September.

Speakers from BMW Startup Garage, Rotterdam Mobility Lab, and Mastercard will share what they look at when investing in or trialling new services.

By News Editor / Updated: 04 Sep 2017

Utrecht opens the world's biggest bike parking garage (the Netherlands)


As a university town and major traffic hub in the Netherlands, bike usage in Utrecht is incredibly high. Yet keeping the two-wheeled vehicles at its main station has become a problem.

An ocean full of bikes enveloping the square in front of the station has become a common sight. Finding bikes again after depositing has become a problem, whilst they are also regularly targeted by thieves. That is all set to change, however; the city has just opened the world's largest parking garage for bikes.

By rswa178 / Updated: 19 Jul 2017

Very 'appropriate': Tilburg trials method to help pedestrians with reduced mobility (the Netherlands)


For pedestrians with reduced mobility, crossing at traffic lights is not always so easy. The lights can turn red before they have reached the other side, putting them in danger. The Dutch city of Tilburg decided to address this.

By News Editor / Updated: 13 Jul 2017

Emmen and the world's first wooden bike path (The Netherlands)


Wood you believe it! In Emmen, cyclists are now able to ride along the world's first wooden bike path.

Although only 60 metres long, it is made out of a new material that is intended to serve as an alternative to the asphalt and concrete normally used when constructing cycle paths. The biocomposite plates that make up the path consist of wood chips and bio resin. These are in turn held together by a binding agent.