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By News Editor / Updated: 04 Sep 2017

The Dutch traffic light system helping cyclists go green


As a cyclist, travelling through a city centre can become laborious. Constant stopping at red lights kills any momentum built up whilst riding. Yet a new Dutch traffic light system may offer a solution to this.

The "Flo" system has been operating on a route in Utrecht since April. A blue kiosk placed next to bike paths, it uses sensors to ascertain cyclists' speeds from over 120m before the next set of lights. It then gives them pictorial advice on what they need to do to catch the next green light.

By Florinda Boschetti / Updated: 07 Apr 2017

2nd 'Vehicle 2 Grid' conference & SEEV4-City launch

Electric vehicles, local renewable energy and smart ICT systems can together enable the city’s transition towards sustainability. The conference aims to provide solutions to advance the transition to renewable energies, reduce reliance of fossil fuels, and integrate energy management in Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning by focusing on innovations emerging in city life.

By News Editor / Updated: 17 Jan 2017

BiTiBi final conference

After three years of intensive collaboration among four European countries, the 10 partners involved in BiTiBi are pleased to host the final conference of this project.

The conference will share the encouraging results of the pilot projects and explain how the implementation of qualitative bike facilities at train stations can increase the number of train passengers and cyclists, and deliver an improvement on city traffic.

By News Editor / Updated: 30 Jan 2017

Electric Dutch trains 100% powered by wind energy


All electric Dutch trains are now 100 percent powered by electricity generated by wind energy, the Netherlands’ national railway company NS said, calling it a world first.

'Since the first of January, 100 percent of our trains are running on wind energy,' NS spokesman Ton Boon told AFP.

Dutch electricity company Eneco won a tender launched by NS two years ago and the two firms signed a 10-year deal setting January 2018 as the date by which all NS trains should run on wind energy.

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By News Editor / Updated: 20 Dec 2016

Dutch cities launch Europe’s largest e-bus fleet


Two neighbouring cities in the Netherlands last week reportedly rolled out the largest zero-emission bus fleet in Europe.

The cities of Eindhoven and Helmond introduced 43 fully electric buses onto its roads, which can fully recharge in half an hour thanks to a new bus terminal in Eindhoven that has been converted from a single diesel garage in to a garage with 43 fast-charging points.

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By News Editor / Updated: 30 Nov 2016

Netherlands to install €90m smart mobility system


The Netherlands is embarking on an ambitious project to turn some 1 250 traffic light installations into a smart mobility system to provide seamless travel guidance for drivers.

The system is being created by a partnership that includes the Dutch ministry of infrastructure and the environment, provincial and local authorities, the mobility industry and various ICT companies.

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By News Editor / Updated: 14 Nov 2016

Utrecht to invest millions in tram network (Netherlands)


The province of Utrecht in the Netherlands is to invest € 141 million to improve the accessibility of public transport for its citizens.

The money will be used to convert Utrecht’s Nieuwegein/IJsselstein fast tram to a conventional light rail line by 2020.

The work includes modernising infrastructure and replacing the ageing tram fleet with new low-floor light rail vehicles.

The improvements will make the fast tram compatible with the Uithof line - a new line linking the university with the city’s central station.

By News Editor / Updated: 31 Oct 2016

Netherlands to run all trains on renewable energy


Dutch Railways (NS) has announced that from 2017 all electric trains running on the Netherlands railway network will power from renewable sources.

According to the International Railway Journal, NS made the announcement during the Dutch national climate conference in Rotterdam, and called upon companies and passengers to make their mobility cleaner and more sustainable.

The move will affect both passenger and freight operators as the entire Dutch railway sector purchases traction energy collectively.

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By Renske Martijnse / Updated: 26 Oct 2016

European Bike Sharing Conference

The European VeloCittà project invites you to join our European Bike Sharing Conference: Bike sharing: 'Recipes for Success'.

The symposium takes place in Rotterdam on Wednesday 30 November and is followed by the annual Polis Conference on 1-2 December. We expect an audience of people with a specific interest in bike sharing: city representatives as well as scholars, cycling experts and bike-share operators from around Europe.

By News Editor / Updated: 15 Nov 2016

ECOMM 2017

The main theme of ECOMM 2017 is ‘Teaming-up for liveable cities’. With this theme the ECOMM 2017 conference wants to explore how a continuous improvement in the quality of life and health in cities can be realised. By working together (public-private and cross-border), combating climate change, creating integral solutions and customising mobility services.