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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 Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 19 Feb 2018

Urban transport roadmaps: a web-based tool to help cities develop sustainable mobility strategies


A new web-based tool has become available to help city authorities plan sustainable transport policy measures.

The tool is the result of the European Urban Transport Roadmaps study, supported by European Commission. The tool provides cities with the ability to identify and explore different transport policies and measures to address key challenges related to their transport systems.

By News Editor / Updated: 27 Oct 2017

EU Research & Innovation for and with Cities: Yearly Mapping Report September 2017


This report provides an overview of the main EU Research and Innovation (R&I) actions for and with cities, promoted both at the European and international level to foster sustainable urban development. In addition, it presents a detailed overview of budget of Horizon 2020 and the past three research Framework Programmes (FP7, FP6 and FP5) committed to city-related projects.

By News Editor / Updated: 17 Oct 2017

European Commission study examines Urban Vehicle Access Regulations


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 Florinda Boschetti / Updated: 23 Oct 2017

A Cycling Kilometric Allowance in France


In 2017, France launched a new action plan dedicated to active travel (walking and cycling). Part of this was a Cycling Kilometric Allowance for commuters cycling to work.

Those using their own bike receive €0.25 per kilometre cycled and up to €200 annually. This amount is exempt from both companies' social security contributions and taxes (the allowance was first trialled with private companies).

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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: 19 Feb 2018

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: 

By rswa178 / Updated: 26 Sep 2017

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


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


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)


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.