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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.

By News Editor / Updated: 30 Mar 2016

General Assembly of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities

The General Assembly is jointly organised by the European Commission Directorates-General for Mobility and Transport, Energy and Communications Networks, Content & Technology. It is an official associated event of the Dutch Presidency of the European Council of the European Union.

In its third edition, this event is the place to be for learning about key policy and market trends for smart cities and communities and creating new contacts and networks. Over 400 participants are expected, and early registration is encouraged.

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 01 Mar 2016

CIVITAS Training: Cycling 2.0

CIVITAS is organising a free training that will showcase the best of Dutch cycling culture, how cycling has gained a foothold in sustainable urban mobility policies, and present state of the art Dutch examples of cycling promotional campaigns.

The training aims to support participants in designing effective and creative cycling projects in their own cities. Participants will also have the opportunity to join a cycling tour of Amsterdam.

By News Editor / Updated: 17 Feb 2016

New Rotterdam LEZ halves dirty cars in a month (Netherlands)


A new environmental zone in force since early this year in Rotterdam has halved the number of severely polluting cars entering the city in just one month.

Every day up to 700 000 vehicles enter Rotterdam, of which 1.18 per cent (some 13 000 cars) were older models whose emissions were considered to be extremely harmful.

From 1 January 2016 the Dutch city announced that such vehicles would be banned from entering. Since then, the number of dirtier cars in the city has dropped to 0.66 per cent.

By News Editor / Updated: 08 Feb 2016

Sustainable mobility and air quality course

The EU's main climate innovation initiative, Climate-KIC, is organising a three-day course in the Netherlands this March on how to implement sustainable mobility measures.

The course includes site visits to successful projects in Schiphol, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

By News Editor / Updated: 26 Oct 2016

2016 Polis Conference

The Polis Annual Conference provides an opportunity for cities and regions to showcase their transport achievements to a large audience and for the wider transport community to engage with representatives of city and regional authorities on innovative transport solutions.

For more information, download the agenda below.


By News Editor / Updated: 01 Feb 2016

International Cargo Bike Festival 2016

The International Cargo Bike Festival 2016 consists of two events: the Cargo Bike Conference and the Cargo Bike Fair.

The conference takes place on Saturday 16 April and will feature renowned international speakers.

By News Editor / Updated: 28 Jan 2016

Amsterdam car-sharing platform posts record growth (Netherlands)


A peer-to-peer car-sharing platform operating in Amsterdam has surged in popularity over the past year, according to figures released by the company earlier this month.

In 2015 Snappcar, a service launched Amsterdam in 2011, attracted 7 500 new registrations, including 900 car owners.

The rise means that over 18 000 people are now registered to use the service, sharing between them 2 400 cars.

The number of bookings also increased sharply, with 10 000 in 2015, a rise of 39 per cent compared to 2014.