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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 Nadia Bert / Updated: 19 Jan 2017

6th Florence Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures

The Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures is the annual event that brings together all the Areas of the Florence School of Regulation. This 6th edition aims at taking stock of the major challenges infrastructure regulation is currently facing in the context of the smart cities.

The de- and re-regulation of the different network industries is an ongoing process at national and global level. As this process unfolds, ever new phenomena emerge, which call for a constant reassessment of the content and objectives of regulation.

By News Editor / Updated: 28 Oct 2016

Greece plans legal reform to develop alternative fuel infrastructure


Greece is drafting a law on alternative fuel infrastructure in order to minimise the transport sector’s dependence on oil and to reduce environmental impacts.

The draft law lays down minimum standards for infrastructure of alternative fuels, including recharging points for electric vehicles and natural gas refuelling points (LNG and CNG) and hydrogen.

It will also include technical specifications for recharging, refuelling points and requirements for the way in which information will be relayed to users.

By News Editor / Updated: 27 Oct 2016

Netherlands tops EU transport scorecard


The European Commission has published the 2016 edition of the EU Transport Scoreboard, a benchmark which compares how Member States perform in 30 categories covering all aspects of transport.

The Netherlands tops the Scoreboard for the third year running with high scores in 15 categories, followed by Sweden, Germany and Austria. While they have different strengths, they all share a solid framework for investment, good transport safety scores, and a good record of implementing EU law.

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By News Editor / Updated: 21 Oct 2016

Smart, Innovative & Sustainable Urban Mobility

The European Commission (DG REGIO and DG MOVE) is organising an URBAN DEVELOPMENT NETWORK event bringing together cities to exchange knowledge and experiences in Smart, Innovative & Sustainable Urban Mobility on 23 November 2016 at Les Tanneurs in Brussels.

By News Editor / Updated: 12 Apr 2018

ITF Transport Outlook Series


The ITF Transport Outlook provides an overview of recent trends and near-term prospects for the transport sector at a global level. It also presents long-term projections for transport demand to 2050 for freight (maritime, air and surface) and passenger transport (car, rail and air) as well as related CO2 emissions, under different policy scenarios.

The full version is available after registering at the OECD iLibrary.

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By News Editor / Updated: 20 Oct 2016

NISTO Bike PRINT - tracking and analysing cyclist data

Cycling policies and measures are a powerful instruments for enhancing sustainable urban mobility. Bike PRINT is an innovative tool that contributes to better understanding cycling in order to improve bike infrastructure, cyclist safety, policy development, communication and more cohesion between local governments and cyclists. This will lead to a modal shift from cars to bikes and sustainable infrastructure.

By News Editor / Updated: 20 Oct 2016

NISTO Evaluation Toolkit User Guide

The NISTO toolkit has been designed for transport planners, local and regional authorities, researchers and non-governmental organisations who want to appraise different options to solve a mobility-related problem in the urban or regional context.

It is particularly suited for the early assessment of alternatives when detailed data is not yet available about the impacts of the interventions. The NISTO evaluation toolkit can be used to evaluate small-scale mobility projects for sustainability and stakeholder preferences and monitor policy targets.

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By News Editor / Updated: 19 Oct 2016
By Melanie Leroy / Updated: 05 Oct 2016

CIVITAS SATELLITE 2016 call for host and visiting cities now open!


CIVITAS SATELLITE peer-to-peer activities - consisting of work placements and study visits - have just been launched; they are open to any European city answering the call for expressions of interest.

What is a work placement?

CIVITAS SATELLITE work placements offer transport professionals a hands-on learning experience in another European city. These three-day placements will focus on a concrete topic and respond to a local challenge faced by the visiting city.

By News Editor / Updated: 30 Sep 2016

Compact cities can enhance mobility and improve health


A new study suggests that compact cities that focus on cycling and walking could boost the health of citizens.

‘Land use, transport, and population health: estimating the health benefits of compact cities’, a paper by an international team of researchers, was published last week in UK medical journal The Lancet.

The team used characteristics from six cities – Boston, Copenhagen, Delhi, London, Melbourne and São Paulo - to model the city-specific effect of land use and urban design interventions on the choices of transport and population health.