Eight municipalities in the region of North Limburg in The Netherlands have come together to develop and implement a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP). Using a collaborative approach, they have attempted to tackle mobility challenges in a polycentric region that features urban and rural centres. The region is car-dependent with an ageing and declining population; all of which has had an impact on its SUMP approach. The involvement of each of the eight municipalities is voluntary. A SUMP has been produced that is both a plan and a set of processes that cross administrative boundaries.
Recent forecasts from the Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis have predicted significantly longer travel times for road traffic due to congestion. In five years, travel times for car traffic is expected to go up by roughly one third. Increased road capacity will not be able to accommodate the growth of traffic.
The region of North Holland has run the first pilot project of autonomous vehicles on public roads in the Netherlands.
The cars were connected with each other and with intelligent traffic lights. The intelligent traffic lights were able to monitor the traffic, anticipate traffic levels and to communicate with oncoming vehicles. They were also able to inform the cars of the time remaining before the lights turned green or red and to stay green longer if this helped to improve the flow.
Will 'Mobility as a Service', or 'MaaS', change our travel behaviour? To answer this question, the Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis (KiM) studied the experiences with MaaS across Europe and consulted focus groups in both urban and peripheral regions.
This year's edition of wocomoco will take place in Rotterdam on 06 and 07 November, in the famous Van Nelle Factory. There will be two tents next to the main stage, which will function as side tables and together with the main stage will create a space for intensive discussions and the possibility to freely switch between topics and actions.
In the Dutch city of Rijswijk, an innovative car sharing scheme – one of the first of its kind in the country - has recently been implemented in a newly converted residential complex made up of 62 apartments. The apartments are located in the site of an old building, which is in the final phase of its conversion.
There are 700 000 light mopeds in use in The Netherlands; only 6 % of these are electric. The other 94 % are petrol-powered and cause relatively high levels of pollution in cities. The Dutch Parliament ordered a study, which has recently been published, to explore whether there was support for a phase-out of petrol-powered mopeds amongst moped owners.
The City of Amsterdam has opened the Noord/Zuid route, a metro line that connects the city’s North and South. Despite becoming a symbol for costly and delayed infrastructure projects, the new trajectory will have a large significance for mobility and urban development in the Dutch capital.
European Green Capital City of Nijmegen (Netherlands) and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability will host the 10th edition of the EcoProcura Conference on Sustainable and Innovation Procurement on 3-5 October 2018.
Mobility will be one of many topics covered by this year's conference, with a breakout session scheduled on the topic titled 'Procurement on the move: achieving sustainable mobility.'