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Walking and cycling are the cleanest and most efficient forms of transport, particularly suited for short to moderate distances. Both provide numerous benefits. They improve health, do not produce air or noise pollution and help to reduce congestion.

Introducing cycling infrastructure (e.g. bike lanes, bike parking and hire schemes) are ways in which cities can promote cycling, while creating pedestrian-friendly spaces can promote commuting, shopping and recreation.

By Teije Gorris / Updated: 25 Oct 2017

The updating of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's SUMP (Spain)


Las Palmas de Gran Canaria developed its SUMP between 2009-2012. An assessment of mobility on the island was conducted, resulting in the creation of various urban mobility measures. The geographical area of the mobility plan corresponds to that of the municipality (100km2).

Some measures have been implemented, whilst others remain in development. During monitoring and evaluation of the SUMP, local planning authorities identified potential future actions:

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: 06 Oct 2017

Stockholm's bike-sharing scheme to receive an electrifying upgrade (Sweden)


Stockholm has awarded a new contract for it's bike-share scheme, upgrading its fleet from 1,200 standard bikes to 5,000 hybrid electric models.

The new e-bikes will also be available year-round, 24 hours a day, compared to the current scheme that is only in operation during the summer between 6:00 and 22:00.

By News Editor / Updated: 06 Oct 2017

University of Antwerp experiments with heated cycling path (Belgium)


A network of underground tubes is being installed under an experimental cycling path at the University of Antwerp.

The purpose is to store heat during the summer which will keep the path clear from ice and snow in the winter. A heat exchanger will enable this to happen.

Researchers from the Faculty of Applied Engineering are working on the project. Keeping the path clear from ice is a clear benefit for users, but it may also bring environmental and financial benefits by avoiding the use of salt, which is normally used to keep the paths clear.

By News Editor / Updated: 03 Oct 2017

Four Scottish cities to benefit from cycling and walking project funding (UK)


Five cycling and walking projects aimed at encouraging people to leave their cars at home have received £22m of funding from Transport Scotland.

The cities set to benefit from the funding, which came as part of the Sustran’s Scotland’s Community Links PLUS design competition, include Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Stirling.

By Pau Vilaplana / Updated: 20 Sep 2017
By giacomo.lozzi / Updated: 15 Sep 2017

CIVITAS NOVELOG Mechelen Workshop: What role for micro-consolidation?

City freight distribution is in full evolution. With the establishment of limited traffic areas, delivery time windows, low emission zones, development of pedestrian shopping areas and the evolution of e-commerce, the logistics sector faces new challenges. There is a need to test and implement new methods of pick-up and delivery of goods.

(Micro)-consolidation represents a solution to deliver goods in a more efficient and effective way. Lockers systems are examples of smart consolidation.

By Mobility Academy / Updated: 14 Sep 2017

wocomoco 2017

On 18, 19 and 20 October 2017, the Swiss Mobility Academy will be hosting it’s 5th World Collaborative Mobility Congress – "wocomoco" – in Berlin, Germany. Key players from all over the globe gather here to exchange their views and present their latest innovations in the thriving markets of car-, ride- and bike-sharing.

By Mario Gualdi / Updated: 04 Sep 2017

VeloCittà Second International Conference - the Platform for Cities & Bike Sharing

Virginia Raggi, the Mayor of Rome, invites you to attend the Second International Conference of VeloCittà, the Platform for Cities & Bike Sharing, which is taking place in the prestigious Protomoteca Hall on Rome's Capitol Hill.

Mayors from cities around Europe will share their experiences on bikes in their cities. The conference will also concentrate on the role that bike share systems can play in city policies and how these systems are evolving and increasingly becoming means for accelerating the growth of more liveable cities for all.

By Sean Carroll / Updated: 31 Aug 2017

EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK encourages citizens to get out from behind the windscreen

EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is a chance for citizens and policy makers to try out new forms of mobility, and to see the benefits of opting for more sustainable forms of transport. Citizens are invited to try alternatives to car use and see first-hand how cleaner mobility can benefit them in terms of health, finances, and quality of life, in addition to improving the environment.