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The process of developing policy generally involves research, analysis, consultation and synthesis of information to produce recommendations. Guidelines can help cities develop and assess their transport policies to address existing and new policy objectives. Research organisations and institutions provide valuable data and analysis to underpin policy recommendations and decisions.


By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 12 Jul 2018

First cities to join the Urban Air Mobility initiative


Only one month after Geneva committed to becoming the first city to join the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Initiative, the cities of Hamburg, Ghent and Ingolstad have also joined the initiative. UAM aims to develop the market for this new dimension in urban mobility, which could help address unmet mobility user needs and offer new opportunities for European companies.

By Hannah Figg / Updated: 28 Jun 2018

46th European Transport Conference

The European Transport Conference (ETC) is the annual conference of the Association for European Transport.


Each year the conference presents the opportunity to interact with a range of speakers across the Transport Industry. The range of topics, the multi-seminar approach and the networking environment makes ETC unique among transport conferences, making it the established premier event of its type.

By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 25 Jun 2018

Autonomous cars require good car drivers



It might sound a bit strange, but there is evidence from studies that autonomous driving requires good car drivers. Researchers of the “Center for Human-Computer Interaction” at the University of Salzburg are taking a closer look at the challenges that will come with the next generation of driver assistance systems in vehicles. Computer scientist Alexander Meschtscherjakov and his team are focusing on autonomous driving cars at stage 3, i.e. when drivers no longer need to have their hands on the steering wheel.

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By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 25 Jun 2018

Study in Berlin showcases how shifts from car to public transport can work



Most transport professionals in the sector of sustainable urban mobility would probably agree that the chances of encouraging someone to switch mode are higher when their life circumstances change. But why is it that hard for people to switch modes and what determines our behaviour? A research project carried out in Berlin by environmental psychologist Sebastian Bamberg from the FH Bielefeld was dedicated to this topic.

By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 27 Jun 2018

UK competition: Future Fuels for Flight and Freight winners announced


The UK's Department for Transport have recently announced the winners of stage one of the Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C).  The competition was designed to increase domestic production of advanced low carbon fuels for the aviation and HGV sectors as well as stimulate investment and create UK jobs. One of the objectives of the scheme is to demonstrate significant greenhouse gas reduction in comparison to fossil fuel, giving the highest standards of sustainability.

By Hannah Figg / Updated: 20 Jun 2018

International Transport Forum Summit 2019

The 2019 Summit on "Transport Connectivity for Regional Integration" will be held from 22 to 24 May 2019 in Leipzig, Germany

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The Annual Summit of the International Transport Forum is the world's largest gathering of transport ministers and the premier global transport policy event.

By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 18 Jun 2018

Schools join research into the effect of air pollution on children's health



Air pollution is clearly one of the major challenges in London. On the one hand, it is the subject of alarming reports about the damage it causes, on the other hand many recent policy actions are being introduced that aim to tackle the problem. Now, an international research team is starting a study to investigate whether policies such as London's planned Ultra Low Emission Zone are having an impact, not only to improve air quality but also to improve children’s health.

By rswa178 / Updated: 20 Jun 2018

Apply for the CIVITAS Awards 2018 - Europe's top sustainable urban mobility prizes


Applications are now open for this year's CIVITAS Awards! Towns and cities - submit your entries by 13 July 2018 to be in with a chance of winning Europe's most prestigious prizes for clean urban transport.

By Tom Nokes / Updated: 20 Jun 2018

European leaders reaffirm ambition to improve air quality in European cities


The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, joined other European leaders in signing a declaration at the European Metropolitan Transport Authorities (EMTA) conference, reaffirming their collective ambition to achieve low to zero-carbon transport networks in cities and metropolitan areas across Europe, as reported by Transport for Greater Manchester.

The event in Paris, which marked the associations 20th anniversary, was also attended by the French Transport Minister, Elisabeth Borne.

By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 18 Jun 2018

‘Electric roads’, innovative pilot projects launched in Sweden and the Netherlands



April and May 2018 saw the inauguration of two innovative pilot projects on the ‘electrification of roads’. Both could help support the transition to carbon neutral transport. While one project attempts to generate clean energy through a photovoltaic road surface, the other aims to provide electric power and recharge vehicles during their journey.