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Effective policies and measures require the involvement and ownership of stakeholders, including the wider public. A strategy that includes the public and stakeholders can help cities undertake effective reviews and host discussions that can strengthen urban mobility plans and enable greater chances of success.

By rswa178 / Updated: 02 Aug 2017
By News Editor / Updated: 24 Jul 2017

Can Brussels' cycling infrastructure be changed at the push of a button? (Belgium)


A new project in Brussels is giving citizens a chance to influence cycling infrastructure within the Belgian capital: and all with the push of a button.

"PING if you care", which started in May, enables bike riders to mark unsafe traffic situations or unsatisfactory cycling infrastructure that they encounter. This is done by pressing the PING button, a wireless Bluetooth-enabled device that can be attached to bikes or clothing. The button then sends the data to an app via Bluetooth.

By News Editor / Updated: 30 Jul 2017
By News Editor / Updated: 05 Jul 2017

Power to the people: Lorca's urban mobility plan (Spain)


Lorca, Spain, has put together its first sustainable urban mobility plan. What sets it apart is the extent to which citizens were involved in its conception.

Devised jointly with local residents and under a policy of "Open Government", local residents were involved throughout the development process. A telephone survey was conducted  with 2,000 residents, whilst four public meetings were held to gather local opinion. Civil society organisations were also involved throughout.

By News Editor / Updated: 22 Jun 2017

European Transport Innovation Challenge 2017 winners announced


Earlier this week, the 12 winners of the Challenge were revealed in Strasbourg. They were selected from over 110 applications submitted from across Europe.

The 12 entries posited solutions to existing transport challenges in a wide range of forms, including futuristic systems for moving people and freight in cities, a robot platform, and a digital journey-mapping search tool for people with reduced mobility. In their own way, all ideas contribute to the decarbonisation of EU transport.

By News Editor / Updated: 22 Jun 2017

Increasing residents' mobility through electric cars (Denmark)


The municipal Housing Office in Aarhus has joined forces with car sharing company Tadaa! to offer rental electric cars to its tenants.

The scheme started in Autumn 2016, with 10 vehicles rolled out so far. Currently, 2,300 residents are able to use them. Through an app, they book in the timeslots in which they would like to use the vehicles.

Users pay a monthly subscription of 99 Danish Krone (DKK (13 euros), in addition to a fee for the number of kilometres they drive and the time they have the car.

By Simone Bosetti / Updated: 19 Jul 2017

Parma's SUMP: the first in Italy combined with a Strategic Environmental Assessment


After a two-year process that involved figures from public administration (politicians and technicians), specialists, stakeholders, committees, associations, and citizens, Parma's Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) was approved in March 2017 by the City Council.

Parma is the first Italian SUMP to be finalised in combination with a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), thereby ensuring that environmental and other sustainability aspects are integrated into the plan. TRT Trasporti e Territorio provided technical support during the SUMP's development.

By News Editor / Updated: 06 Jun 2017

Is Brussels calling time on the company car? (Belgium)


It has been revealed that the local government in Brussels has rubber stamped a rule related to the mobility plans offered by businesses.

It would compel large companies - those with more than 100 employees or more than 10 vehicles - to offer their employees two alternative transport packages to the company car.

As of 2018, they will be required to offer a travel plan to employees that provides them with three different options: the traditional company car; a cheaper car with a public transport ticket; or a bike (the "mobility package").

By rswa178 / Updated: 31 May 2017

Developing effective packages of measures for SUMPs: Budapest (Hungary)


When selecting the measures to be included in its SUMP, Budapest's transport operator, Budapesti Közlekedési Központ (BKK), tested out a number of new approaches in the processes involved in making the decisions. Various parties were consulted at national and international level, whilst best practice examples were sought from other European cities. Software was then used to evaluate the choices made. The Balázs Mór Plan (BMT) is Budapest's first transport development strategy based on SUMP methodology, and its integrated approach places the focus on people and the environment.

By Gabor Heves / Updated: 11 May 2017

Tackling urban air quality: citizen-led approaches

ClairCity's first annual conference will take place in Szentendre, one hour from Budapest, Hungary on 24th May 2017. We welcome anyone who is interested in air pollution, citizen engagement, carbon emissions, and the future of our cities. The conference is free to attend, and individuals, NGOs, local organisations, and representatives of local, national or international authorities are all welcome to join us.