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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 Martin Schiefelbusch / Updated: 09 Aug 2016

Seminar discusses role of 'flexible' public transport

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Public transport comes in different forms and sizes, including demand-responsive (or 'flexible') services that have been part of the public transport systems for quite some time now. 

In most western societies, Demand-Responsive Transport (DRT) is mainly used in areas of low demand or for special needs while elsewhere it may be the backbone of public transport. 

By Hyatt / Updated: 03 Aug 2016

Do you work in the field of sustainable mobility? Please share your experience!

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I have created a survey intended for individuals and organizations, who are concerned with Sustainable Mobility and Urban Development. The survey seeks to gain key insights into which factors best support change (modal shift) in cities, by better understanding the priorities, strategies and experiences of all who are concerned with this topic.

By News Editor / Updated: 27 Jul 2016

Study shows one-way carsharing cuts traffic

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Flexible one-way carsharing models can complement existing mass transport options, reduce the number of vehicles on the road and improve mobility in densely populated urban areas, a new US study says.

The University of California Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) studied the effect of one-way carsharing service car2go on a number of North American cities.

This study gathered data from nearly 9 500 North American car2go members in Calgary, San Diego, Seattle, Vancouver, and Washington, D.C, and analysed car2go activity data from those cities.

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By News Editor / Updated: 25 Jul 2016

Regular cycling cuts risk of diabetes – new study

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A study by the University of Southern Denmark says that habitual cycling may be associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The research studied the cycling habits of 24 623 men and 27 890 women between the ages of 50 and 65 over a period of 5 years.

Researchers asked participants to report their cycling habits, including the distance cycled to and from work, and for fun.

They then compared the data with the incidence of type 2 diabetes measured in the Danish National Diabetes Registry.

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By News Editor / Updated: 25 Jul 2016

Commission unveils low-emission mobility strategy

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The European Commission has presented a strategy on low-emission mobility, setting the course for the development of EU-wide measures on low- and zero-emission vehicles and alternative low-emissions fuels.

The strategy sets clear and fair guiding principles to member states to prepare for the future, and ensure that Europe stays competitive and will be able to respond to the increasing mobility needs of people and goods.

The main elements of the strategy include:

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By Simone Bosetti / Updated: 19 Jul 2016

CIVITAS Policy Note - Cities towards Mobility 2.0: connect, share and go!

With this policy note, CIVITAS WIKI provides cities with a comprehensive overview on shared-mobility concepts and practices and to offer guidance to decision-/policy-makers and urban mobility professionals in identifying opportunities and challenges of shared mobility for their cities. 

The concept of 'sharing' is shaking up the global economy. This revolution has an effect on all economic sectors and the mobility sector is one of the sectors facing the greatest and most revolutionary changes.

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By News Editor / Updated: 14 Jul 2016

Vehicle sharing can reduce urban social inequality – new report

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A new study says that replacing traditional buses on fixed routes with on-demand flexible shared vehicles can improve citizens’ access schools, health services and work opportunities.

The report, by the International Transport Forum (ITF), says that with shared mobility providing a better service at a lower cost, traditional urban bus services would most likely disappear.

By News Editor / Updated: 30 Jun 2016

Autonomous buses begin testing in Sion (Switzerland)

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Two autonomous shuttle buses began carrying passengers in the district of Sion last week, as part of a two-year research project to test and improve traffic and fleet-management algorithms.

The smart vehicles, run by Swiss public bus operator PostBus, will carry up to 11 passengers at a time, at a maximum speed of 20 kilometres per hour.

The vehicles will make their way along the edge of town and through a pedestrian area.

 A remote operator using a software program will monitor and control the buses. For safety and security, an attendant will also be onboard.

By News Editor / Updated: 29 Jun 2016

Prague introduces rules for carsharing operators (Czech Republic)

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The city of Prague last week introduced new legislation for companies wishing to start carsharing schemes in the city.

Councillors drafted a document with 13 requirements, including that the operator must be a legal entity, that the car must be available 24 hours a day, and that the average age of the fleet must not be more than 4 years.

By News Editor / Updated: 29 Jun 2016