From 27-29 September, close to 500 participants convened in Torres Vedras, Portugal, for the 15th CIVITAS Forum. A diverse community of policy makers, practitioners, academics, and city representatives debated the most pressing issues surrounding sustainable urban mobility, and set out clear pathways for bringing cleaner, better transport to Europe.
EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is a chance for citizens and policy makers to try out new forms of mobility, and to see the benefits of opting for more sustainable forms of transport. Citizens are invited to try alternatives to car use and see first-hand how cleaner mobility can benefit them in terms of health, finances, and quality of life, in addition to improving the environment.
Significant progress has been made in road transport safety since the early 2000s. The number of road deaths has fallen by 54%. Yet this should not breed complacency: certain road users still face particularly high levels of risk.
As one of France’s most attractive cities, Toulouse has seen an increase of 200 000 inhabitants over the last 10 years, taking the populous to 1.2 million. With this in mind, there are expected to be 500 000 additional daily journeys in the next 10 years. In response to this growing demand for travel, SMTC-Tisseo transport authority has undertaken a ‘Mobilities 2025-2030 project’ with three major goals:
Taxistop is the Belgian partner in the CHUMS project. Under the motto ‘doing more with less’, Taxistop keeps developing new services which allow for the optimisation of use of personal goods. The promotion of carpool (via the matching software carpool.be) has been their core business for over 40 years.
Speed-dating on Östersund's buses (Sweden), hosting a Car-Free Day in Bologna's city centre (Italy) and getting residents involved in designing bicycle parking facilities in Zagreb (Croatia). There are lots of fun ways that the annual European Mobility Week helps to promote sustainable urban mobility in cities across Europe.
Registration has opened for this summer’s 2nd European conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) in Romania.
Taking placing in Bucharest on 16 and 17 June 2015, the SUMP conference is the principal annual event for mobility planning practitioners, policy-makers and academics from across Europe to come together to discuss key issues, highlight new developments, and exchange ideas and experiences. Attendance is free of charge.
New European vehicles are to be fitted with a device that automatically triggers a distress signal to the emergency services in the event of a road accident, according to a recent EU announcement.
The Council of the European Union said that the eCall system, which contacts the European-wide 112 emergency number if a vehicle is involved in a crash, will speed up the arrival of the emergency services, in turn reducing the number of injuries and fatalities in road accidents.
The European Commission has released details of a number of European transport infrastructure projects that will be funded by the EU’s TEN-T Programme: