In June, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) released a report on the Future of Cities, which considers how cities can address future mobility challenges. The report highlights the factors which are contributing to change in urban areas, brings attention to future challenges and sets out how cities can adopt solutions to develop cities of the future.
The European Commission has released guidance for cycling projects across the EU. The guidance aims to help practitioners in city authorities with responsibility for cycling and sustainable transport, as well as providing engaging content for other relevant stakeholders involved in cycling policy and infrastructure development.
In France, new regulations from September 2019 onwards in France are expected to allow riders as young as 12 to have an increased 25 km/h maximum speed limit. In addition, there will be no mandatory insurance requirement. In Lyon, the shared e-scooter operator Lime has newly introduced a GPS-based speed limiter where, within the city’s pedestrian zone, vehicles are restricted to 8 km/h.
The H2020 financed SUMP project PROSPERITY that supports local and national governments to improve the quality and take-up of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans is in its final months.
The call has been launched for applications for this year's CIVITAS Awards. Towns and cities are invited to apply by 19 July 2019 to be in with a chance of winning Europe's most prestigious prize for clean urban transport.
The Awards provide a unique platform for towns and cities to demonstrate their pioneering sustainable urban mobility activities. Winning towns and cities enjoy Europe-wide exposure of their work and become role models that inspire others to go for greener mobility.
Towns and cities all across Europe experience unique local challenges when developing their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP). Geographical and cultural contexts play a major role and mean that a diversified approach to SUMP development is necessary.
But what are these differences? How do they impact on and differentiate SUMP development?
A new podcast from three CIVITAS SUMP projects (PROSPERITY, SUITS, and SUMPs-Up) sheds light on the challenges that towns and cities in Eastern and Central Europe face when developing and implementing their SUMPs.
Brussels and London are amongst the European cities that have recently further developed their respective urban vehicle access regulation schemes. Both have introduced stricter rules for older, more polluting vehicles that want to access defined areas within each city. In both cases, the first evaluation results indicate positive impacts in terms of emissions and compliance with the new regulations.
The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit of EU action to improve the mobility of people in cities and densely populated areas. The auditors are examining how the European Commission and Member States use the EU funding available to put into action their urban mobility policies and whether the Commission provides effective support to Member States. The auditors will also assess the progress that has been made in recent years in managing traffic congestion.
The open public consultation for the evaluation of the TEN-T guidelines has been launched and will be open until 17 July 2019.
TEN-T policy remains key in promoting the free circulation of goods, services and citizens throughout the EU. It is instrumental in boosting economic, social and territorial cohesion between all Member States and their regions, as well as beyond the EU.