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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 Claus Köllinger / Updated: 20 Feb 2018
By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 20 Feb 2018

Vienna signposts shortcuts for pedestrians

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The streets of Vienna have a unique feature known as, “Durchhäuser” (which translates to “through-houses”) that are traditional, pedestrian-friendly shortcuts through the city. These through-houses offer pedestrians public passage through the building, itself. There are thought to be more than 700 of these shortcuts in Vienna and although some of these walking routes are well known, most have been forgotten and are only used by people who live in the neighbourhood.

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By Tom Nokes / Updated: 13 Feb 2018
By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 05 Feb 2018

Bavarian Minister of Transport presents feasibility study for first cycling highway in County of Munich

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Cycling highways are a quick and environmentally-friendly alternative to enable a reduction in the load from commuter traffic in the Munich agglomeration. The first pilot track with a length of 13 kilometres will lead cyclists from the city limits of Munich to Garching and Unterschließheim and viceversa. This was announced by Bavaria’s Minister of the Interior and Transport Joachim Herrmann the 29th of January 2018 jointly with Munich’s District Administrator Christoph Göbel at a press conference in the District Office of Munich. According to Herrmann, “Cycling is far more than a hobby.

By Raffaele Vergnani / Updated: 07 Feb 2018

A renewed cycling plan in Madrid

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The City Council proposes to create new cycle paths until 2025

The board of directors of the Madrid City Council approved the revision of the 2008+ Cycling Mobility Plan, a document that defines the main guidelines for bike development in the Spanish capital. "The promotion of cycling mobility is an opportunity to transform the shape of the city and its public space" says the plan. "A coherent and secure network is a fundamental measure and efforts should be focused on this measure" it adds.

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By ChloeMispelon / Updated: 31 Jan 2018

Decongesting Europe: New approaches to freeing our cities

The FLOW and TRACE projects join forces and invite you to an interactive event.
It includes a TRACE "tracking tour", training sessions, presentations, breakout
sessions, political debate, world café and awards.

Discover and discuss the technical tools and policy recommendations generated by these two projects to help fighting traffic congestion in cities. Panelists will also engage with political decision-makers about the political roots of congestion debate.

By Florinda Boschetti / Updated: 18 Jan 2018

PASTA Handbook of good practice case studies for promotion of walking and cycling

There exist numerous handbooks and good practice collections which illustrate success stories from cities all over the world which have become leaders in active mobility promotion and public space design for people. They provide excellent recommendations to planners and urban designers about how to create healthy places through active mobility, and build more inclusive communities for walking and cycling.

The PASTA Handbook of good practice case studies for promotion of walking and cycling is a handy 28 pages PDF document released in November 2017 by PASTA project.

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By Pau Vilaplana / Updated: 18 Jan 2018

Terrassa Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan 2016-2021

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The new Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) in Terrassa established the action plan for 2016-21. It incorporates a group of measures aimed at reducing the accident rate, noise pollution and energy consumption, which allows for an improvement in environmental quality and the habitability of the streets. Also wants to increase the autonomy of the children, the elderly and disabled people.

By Pau Vilaplana / Updated: 18 Jan 2018

Approved the new SUMP in Terrassa

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The new Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) in Terrassa established the action plan for 2016-21. It incorporates a group of measures aimed at reducing the accident rate, noise pollution and energy consumption, which allows for an improvement in environmental quality and the habitability of the streets. Also wants to increase the autonomy of the children, the elders and the disabled people.

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By Kerstin Oschabnig / Updated: 19 Jan 2018

New analysis tool visualises bicycle traffic data for urban planning

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The aim of the new Bike Citizens GPS data analysis tool is not only to find out how many people are cycling in towns and cities, but also to identify gaps in the cycle network and to optimise bike-friendly routes in cities. It provides an insight into bicycle traffic behaviour and allows for the assessment of the potential effects of future projects.