|Welcome to the Eltis Mobility Update!
This month Eltis offers you the opportunity to follow a private lecture by one of Germany’s most well-respected transport researchers – watch Prof. Dr. Heiner Monheim from the University of Trier talking about the development of bicycle policy in Europe.
The European Commission would like to see more local authorities develop Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans. The next training workshops on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans will be run in Bulgaria on the 4th of May and in Ireland on the 28th and 29th of May. To book a free place at one of these awareness raising and knowledge exchange events visit http://www.mobilityplans.eu/index.php?id=38.
We wish you pleasant reading.
Tallinn introduces free public transport from 2013 (Estonia)
Tallinn will be the first capital city in Europe to introduce free public transport to its residents. A week-long referendum on the topic ended on Sunday with 75.5 percent of participants voting in favour of the idea.
UK train operator prepares roll-out of Dutch-style station bike hire
Dutch-style cycle hire facilities will be implemented by Abellio, the international arm of Dutch state rail operator NS, which runs the Northern, Merseyrail and Greater Anglia franchises. Abellio has firsthand experience of bike hire, having purchased Dutch bike hire company OV-fiets in 2008.
Leadership award for cycling promotion 2012 (Denmark)
Danish municipalities and consultants have a great deal of knowledge that can benefit other countries in their efforts to improve conditions for cyclists. Many foreign cities have discovered the benefits of using Danish bicycle know-how. The Cycling Embassy of Denmark has produced a new newsletter and will shortly be awarding an individual or an organisation with the Leadership Award for Cycling Promotion 2012, for the consecutive year.
50 European cities commit to sustainable urban mobility
Fifty mid-sized cities from 17 European countries are developing action plans to substantially improve urban transport. They will then evaluate the city's urban mobility policies. Based on the results, a tailor made improvement program will be recommended to each city – all as part of the QUEST project.
A free green bus service promotes sustainable mobility in Fiumicino (Italy)
This project aims to improve air quality in the urban area, by reducing the use of private cars and fostering the use of public transport. Two lines are in operation from Monday to Saturday, directly connecting the central area with the outer part of the city (Airport railway station, and Parco Leonardo railway station). The service is free for residents and city users.
Cycle to work manual
This manual and resource pack, available in German and English, provides practitioners with a step-by-step guide for planning and implementing a cycle to work scheme in their local areas.
Collecting and analysing data to measure the accessibility of transport in Europe
This report can be used as a tool for practitioners to learn how to collect and analyse data on accessibility within their city. It was produced by the Mediate project which sought to establish a common European methodology for measuring the accessibility of public transport.
The Austrian Post - working towards a carbon neutral delivery service
The Austrian Post claims to be a market leader in the field of delivery services. The company has now assumed a pioneering role, not only in promoting sustainable forms of energy but also integrating them into various aspects of the organisation.
Informing and engaging citizens, Gent, Belgium
The main station Gent, Gent St-Pieters, is undergoing a major regeneration to make the station and the surrounding areas fit for the 21st century and by creating a large multimodal interchange. Throughout the process the city of Gent has been actively promoting the project and informing its citizens of the project’s progress.
Monitoring and planning of the public transport system in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain
The City’s public transport provider, CTSS-DBUS, has defined and implemented a new system to plan and monitor the bus fleet to improve service quality and reduce operational costs.
Introducing: TROLLEY – promoting electric public transport
The TROLLEY project aims to promote electric public transport, unlocking the vast potential of trolleybuses to transform public transport systems from “fossil mobility” towards “electromobility”.
While Trolleybuses are considered by some as old-fashioned, they offer many advantages compared to other means of public transport. Innovations in the form of additional energy storage systems, which allow for partial trolleybus networks, or technical progress in trolley infrastructure, for instance through lighter cantenary [could we use instead 'overhead line'] construction and new vehicle designs shed new light on the topic.
The main target group of the TROLLEY project is decision makers. The timing for the project’s messages is right given the European Commission’s target to reduce traffic-related C02 emissions by 60% in 2050.
In approximately 60 cities of the European Union trolleybuses have been carrying passengers for decades, and offer potential for many other cities. If external factors or and costs are taken into account when calculating the profitability of transport systems, the economic advantage of trolleybuses becomes evident, in spite of their relatively high start-up investment cost. This is particularly the case for environmental friendliness and „life-cycle costs“, especially if the electricity needed for operation is derived from renewable sources of energy.
Compared to rail based public transport, trolleybuses can be introduced at much lower cost yet still deliver a more rail like passenger experience. Furthermore, its approximately 50% longer life cycle when compared to diesel buses as well as its zero emission status and very low noise emissions make it a particularly clean and city compatible vehicle.
To transfer these key messages and thereby promote trolleybuses, for the first time ever, the joint European campaign "ebus – the smart way!” was developed in TROLLEY to raise awareness of trolleybuses as a clean, sustainable, urban transport mode for the future. The campaign will be put into action in the TROLLEY partner cities Salzburg (Austria), Parma (Italy), Brno (Czech Republic), Gdynia (Poland), Eberswalde (Germany) and Szeged (Hungary).
The campaign materials, can be used free of charge by everyone who wants to promote trolleybuses. In the TROLLEY movie local and regional stakeholders from TROLLEY partner cities are interviewed about the advantages and the wider potential of trolleybuses.
The campaign will help the trolleybus to continue its current renaissance and to demonstrate its value as a promising electromobile transport system in its own right rather than a in-between option stuck somewhere between bus and tram.
TROLLEY – promoting electric public transport is co-funded by Central Europe Programme
Case studies of the trolley project on Eltis: Extension of the trolleybus system to the surroundings, Salzburg, Austria and European Trolleybus Day
Video on the trolley bus project on Eltis: Trolley - Promoting electric public transport
Project Coordinator: Alexandra Weiss
Eltis user of the month
is Jozef Zuallaert, owner of Mobimind, Belgium