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Appraisals of urban mobility schemes are crucial to assess the expected benefits of particular schemes, determine their suitability to meet policy objectives and to prioritise them.

 
By News Editor / Updated: 17 Oct 2017

European Commission study examines Urban Vehicle Access Regulations

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The European Commission recently published a study on Urban Vehicle Access Regulations (UVAR) that aims to assist policy makers in their implementation.

UVARs are measures that regulate vehicular access to urban infrastructure. Examples include congestion charging, low-emission zones (LEZ), and restrictions on certain types of vehicles.                                      

By News Editor / Updated: 12 Oct 2017

Transit Oriented Development Standard 3.0

The TOD Standard stands for the rights of all to access the city: to walk and cycle safely, to easily and affordably reach the most distant destinations through rapid and frequent transit, and to live a good life free of dependence on cars. It also stands for equal opportunity, access to education and services, and advocates that the latter two are reachable via no- or low-cost mobility options.

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By Renske Martijnse / Updated: 09 Oct 2017
By Christof Marx / Updated: 11 Oct 2017

The Economic Benefits of Sustainable Urban Mobility Measures

These reports demonstrate the economic value of sustainable urban mobility interventions. Based on the review of a large body of evidence comprising 351 source documents, they present and summarise the available evidence for 22 types of mobility measures.

These evidence reviews assist practitioners in selecting and prioritising measures by: 

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By rswa178 / Updated: 26 Sep 2017

Bristol (UK): how public health specialists can change transport planning

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To improve the health of its residents and initiate the changes required to do so, NHS Bristol employed a number of public health experts and developed the influencing skills of such staff at various levels of local government through co-located posts.

Since their appointment in 2008 by NHS Bristol and Bristol City Council's (BCC) Director of Public Health, the expert in public health and transport planning has helped ingrain a public health perspective into urban transport planning, leading to substantial positive health impacts.

By News Editor / Updated: 09 Oct 2017

New European Commission tool analyses transport innovation effectiveness

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The European Commission (EC) has launched a new tool for analysing transport innovation effectiveness, the Transport Research and Innovation Monitoring and Information System (TRIMIS).

TRIMIS maps and assesses technology trends and research and innovation capacities across Europe’s transport sector. At its heart sits a comprehensive and open-access database of transport projects and programmes, alongside transport technologies and innovations. 

By News Editor / Updated: 10 Oct 2017

Vilnius conference discusses much anticipated sustainable urban mobility plan (Lithuania)

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A conference in the Lithuanian capital focusing on the public transport situation in the city took place recently. It brought together representatives from Vilnius and other municipalities, municipal enterprise Vilniaus Planas, public transport company Susisiekimo Paslaugos, and foreign experts.

The conference highlighted the fact that Vilnius experiences the biggest transport flow management challenges in Lithuania, with Vilnius residents spending considerable amounts of time in traffic jams and the level of pollution in the city growing.

By News Editor / Updated: 17 Sep 2017

Coming soon: an app for choosing the optimum green transport route (EU)

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A new platform funded by the LIFE programme, the European Commission’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action, will allow its users to choose travel routes based upon their environmental impact.  The main aim of Green Your Move (GYM) is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage users to take energy-efficient transport.

By rswa178 / Updated: 05 Sep 2017

How a transport plan in London is tackling public health issues (UK)

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In response to public health challenges facing the city, London introduced a Transport Action Plan in 2014.  Developed by a Public Health Consultant working in Transport for London (TfL), the city's transport authority, it outlines transport-related measures for improving the health of Londoners. The Plan sets out 10 action points related to TfL's 'business as usual' processes that, if undertaken, should help TfL respond to public health challenges. By making the links between transport and health explicit, the Plan makes a clear contribution to public health.

By News Editor / Updated: 18 Jul 2017

Paris launches trial of autonomous shuttle bus service

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As of the beginning of July, a new driverless, electric shuttle bus service has been running in Paris. The trials are taking place in La Défense, Europe's largest business district.

Free of charge for all users, the service offers three different routes that serve the main areas of La Défense. Two of the routes will operate at 10 minute intervals at peak times during the week, whilst the third will run every 20 minutes at the weekends.