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By News Editor / Updated: 19 Oct 2016

Utrecht purchases new electric buses (Netherlands)


The city of Utrecht has purchased the first of 10 new electric buses as part of its efforts to further green its public transport fleet.

The 12-metre electric buses will be used to create an all-electric bus line by spring 2017, replacing the existing 10 diesel buses that currently operate on Line 1 of the city’s bus service.

The purchase is a joint initiative between the Utrecht public transport bus provider, Qbuzz, the municipality, and the province.  All three have jointly invested € 4 million for the operational costs of the new buses.

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By News Editor / Updated: 02 Sep 2016

Workshop: C-ITS Use Cases

When it comes to the benefits road users will experience when cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems and services will have entered European Roads, the term “use case” is frequently applied.

What is a use case, and how does it differ from other terms often used in the same context, e. g. scenario, service or application? How can use cases be described systematically, and which actor is responsible for their definition?

By News Editor / Updated: 29 Jun 2016

Noord-Brabant to install smart charging points (Netherlands)


The province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands is issuing a tender for 2 000 smart charging points that it hopes to install from the beginning of 2017.

This will take the total of public and semi-public charging stations in Noord-Brabant to 4 340. 

As the new charging points are suitable for local renewable energy and services, the province says that through the tender it is stimulating the innovation of electric charging.

The tender is part of Noord-Brabant’s gradual expansion of the infrastructure for electric vehicles. 

By Vitalija Lavreckyte / Updated: 17 Jun 2016

Call for abstracts for Velo-city 2017 now open


The call for abstracts for Velo-city 2017 Arnhem-Nijmegen conference is now open!

Velo-city 2017 Arnhem-Nijmegen invites you to share with us your experiences, studies, projects, and reports that may enrich the program of the conference.

Taking as a starting point our motto ‘The Freedom of Cycling’, we are looking for abstracts that show us the way to the future of cycling and how it brings freedom to our lives.

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By Vitalija Lavreckyte / Updated: 17 Jun 2016

Velo-city 2017

Velo-city was held for the first time in 1980 in Bremen, because Germany played a key role in setting up the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF), the initiator of this international cycling conference.

Ever since, Velo-city has been hosted by cities such as Copenhagen, Brussels, Barcelona, Montreal, Nantes and Taipei. This is the third time that Velo-city will be held in the Netherlands, having previously taken place in Groningen (1987) and Amsterdam (2000). 

By News Editor / Updated: 05 Sep 2016

Gathering data on national cycling patterns in the Netherlands


The Netherlands is well known for its cycling culture. But there was previously little objective and quantified information about cycling patterns. However, in autumn 2015, the Dutch Cyclists’ Union helped organise a national monitoring week during which over 50 000 people shared information on their cycling habits. This provided data that will help Dutch cities design policies and introduce initiatives that will further improve cycling across the country.

By News Editor / Updated: 26 May 2016

Amsterdam to appoint bike mayor (Netherlands)


The Dutch capital of Amsterdam is set to appoint the world’s first bicycle mayor next month to help promote and protect cycling in the city.

The bike mayor will be the representative between the city’s cyclists, community groups and the general public, and the local governments.

The idea for a bike mayor came from CycleSpace, a bike-advocacy organisation, which is hoping that the concept is embraced around the world.

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By Simone Bosetti / Updated: 20 May 2016

Study tour: urban ITS

The study tour offers to experience innovations happening in the ‘Silicon Valley’ of Europe. For example, the ‘road of the future’, the Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path, the innovative traffic control centre and the ‘crossing of the future’.

Local innovators and policy-makers will share their experience and practices. This tour is of particular relevance for professionals working in urban ITS and traffic management.

This study tour is organised by the CIVITAS Thematic Group on Transport Telematics, CIVINET Netherlands and Flanders & CIVITAS WIKI.

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 05 Jul 2016

Dutch buses to switch to zero-emissions vehicles


The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment has pledged to ensure that all new buses in the Netherlands will be zero emissions vehicles from 2025.

An agreement has been signed with representatives of all of the 12 provinces of the Netherlands. Several provinces, such as North Brabant and Limburg, already have bus companies that are using electric vehicles.

A requirement of the agreement is that electricity used by the new vehicles must be generated by renewable sources, such as solar panels or wind turbines. The use of hydrogen is also foreseen by the agreement.

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By News Editor / Updated: 11 Apr 2016

Cross-border smart truck trial completed (Netherlands)


Six ‘platoons’ of semi-automated trucks have completed their journeys from various European cities to Rotterdam as part of the world’s first cross-border initiative with smart trucks.

The trucks were participating in the European Truck Platooning Challenge, organised by the Netherlands as part of its EU Presidency.