The city of Santander on the north coast of Spain is to expand its cycling infrastructure to make cycling a more viable sustainable transport option for residents.
The plans, announced by the mayor and councillor for sustainable mobility, will see a four-fold increase in the current network of bicycle lanes.
Additional facilities include covered and safe bicycle parking places in strategic locations of the city and small car parks.
These will be closed structures with video surveillance that are accessible only by a smart card.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a € 50m loan with the municipality of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (Spain) and municipal transport company, Guaguas, for new bus rapid transit (BRT) infrastructure.
The loan has an Investment Plan for Europe guarantee, and work on the high-capacity line will begin over the next quarter, with the aim of building 11.7 km of roadway dedicated to bus transport.
The city council of Pamplona has presented a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) which it says will change the concept of city, introduce sustainable transport and prioritise pedestrians.
The mayor of Pamplona, Joseba Asiron, presented the plan at a press conference last month together with a number of city councillors, including the councillor responsible for urban ecology and mobility, Armando Cuenca.
The council of Esplugues has unanimously approved its Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) after a plenary session earlier this month.
The mains aims of the SUMP is to improve pedestrian infrastructure, increase cycling facilities and promote public transport.
Council officials in Esplugues, a municipality of the Barcelona metropolitan area, hope that the SUMP will control and reduce the levels of noise and air pollution caused by traffic.
The city of Madrid’s metro operator, Metro de Madrid, is investing € 57 million to improve accessibility across its network.
Through 2017 and 2018, the organisation will install between 30 and 35 new elevators that will enter service between May and December 2018.
The company is continuing with the implementation of its Accessibility and Inclusion Plan 2016-2020, which aims to convert 73 per cent of the stations in the network into fully accessible stations for people with reduced mobility.
During 3 days, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) will become an international centre for knowledge transfer and networking among European universities on sustainable mobility practices, welcoming new and consolidated university mobility managers, academics, public urban mobility officers, entrepreneurs and businesses of the sector, NGOs, civil society representatives and students.
The operator of Zaragoza’s tram system, Tranvía Zaragoza, has won an international award for the contribution it has made to lowering emissions in the Spanish city.
Zaragoza’s minister for the environment and mobility, Teresa Artigas, and Ana M. Moreno from Tranvía Zaragoza, picked up the prize for Best Environmental and Sustainability Initiative at the Global Light Rail Awards 2016 in London earlier this month.
The city of Barcelona has launched two new electric articulated buses that can charge their batteries while en route at a station.
The buses were presented last week within the framework of the EU-funded ZeEUS project, co-ordinated by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP).
'Public transport's role is essential to achieve the sustainability plan of Barcelona', said the CEO of TMB Barcelona, Enrique Cañas Alonso. 'We are happy to introduce two more electric vehicles and enlarge our participation in the ZeEUS project to reduce emissions in Barcelona.'