The City Council in the Spanish city of Terrasa has recently launched an innovative campaign that aims to get its residents walking. Entitled “Step by step”, it is one of a number of measures designed to encourage a shift towards more active modes of travel. It is forms part of the town’s Urban Mobility Plan for 2016-2021, which was approved in June of this year.
The EU projects FREVUE & ELIPTIC are holding a joint workshop for local authorities in Barcelona on Wednesday 13 September.
Held in cooperation with local partners in Barcelona, the workshop will explore the use of public transport electric infrastructure for charging urban freight vehicles. Cities interested in this topic are encouraged to attend.
The workshop will start with a presentation on both projects and of specific case studies, including Barcelona. These will be followed by an interactive session.
Lorca, Spain, has put together its first sustainable urban mobility plan. What sets it apart is the extent to which citizens were involved in its conception.
Devised jointly with local residents and under a policy of "Open Government", local residents were involved throughout the development process. A telephone survey was conducted with 2,000 residents, whilst four public meetings were held to gather local opinion. Civil society organisations were also involved throughout.
The use of electronic devices while driving is banned by Spanish traffic regulations. However, some drivers continue to look up routes on their phones or satellite navigation systems whilst travelling, which endangers both other road users and themselves.
To counteract this, Terrassa City Council - located in the Catalonia region of Spain - will soon introduce special parking areas that provide drivers with a place to stop and input their new routes. It is believed to be the first initiative of its kind worldwide.
MEF aims to make public and reflect about mobility issues related with social change and transition scenarios for the future.
The Eco Forum is an international conference to scale-up and disseminate good practices and successful initiatives in the field of sustainable urban mobility in large and medium European and Mediterranean cities. it is scheduled to take place on 29 September in Barcelona.
It is also a registered action for European Mobility Week 2017.
Getxo, a town in the Basque Country, will soon take the first steps in the process of developing a SUMP for the local municipal area.
In the coming weeks, 4,000 questionnaires will be distributed. They seek to find out the routes that are taken by residents in the area, along with at what times of day.
Taxi drivers, cyclists, and associations of elderly or disabled people are amongst those who will be surveyed. Sessions will also be held for local residents to discuss the plans.
The Terrassa City Council has launched a campaign which aims to encourage people to walk within the city by highlighting the benefits that this activity entails for citizens, especially with regard to health. The Deputy Mayor for the Environment and Sustainability, Marc Armengol, and the councillor of Health, Maruja Rambla, presented the campaign "Step by Step" last week at the downtown, with the slogan "In Terrassa, on foot. Fast and healthy”.
The City of Gijón, Spain plans to approve its Mobility Plan for 2016-2024 next September.
Recent revisions to the document have targeted reducing use of private vehicles while increasing bicycle and public transport usage.
Praising the "exhaustive" work of the team drafting the plan, Gijón mayor Carmen Moriyon said that the plan will lead to a new mobility model in the city, but that "there is still a lot of work to be done."
The city of Barcelona has approved a tender for 62 km of bike paths for 2017.
The planned work is in line with the objectives of the city’s urban mobility plan, and will include bicycle connections with L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, El Prat and Santa Coloma de Gramenet.
According to Barcelona’s councillor for mobility, Mercedes Vidal, the new bike lanes will be distributed through 30 different actions with the intention of promoting cycling as a sustainable and efficient means of transport in the city.