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By Ralf Tinga / Updated: 23 Jul 2018

Dutch climate plans for 2050: smart and clean, but also carefree mobility



According to a new strategy, mobility in The Netherlands needs to change drastically to bring it in line with the country’s climate goals for 2050. It has to become ‘smart’, ‘clean’ and ‘different’.

By Ralf Tinga / Updated: 25 Jul 2018

Dutch region expands autonomous shuttle service


The Metropolitan Region of Rotterdam – The Hague has announced that it will invest € 15 M in last-mile transport by autonomous shuttles. This means that commuters will be able to travel the final mile of their journey quickly and in comfort - walking or cycling the last mile can lead to discomfort and take longer which can discourage people from using public transport and push them towards car-use. The Parkshuttle track, which has been in operation since 2006, is one of the projects selected for expansion.

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By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 18 Jul 2018

Dutch government presents new rules for harmonisation of environmental zones


Municipalities in the Netherlands that plan to introduce an environmental zone will now only have two options; access restrictions can only be imposed on diesel fuelled passenger vehicles and vans older than 15 years or older than 20 years, as well as to freight vehicles. No access restrictions can be imposed on petrol vehicles.

By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 02 Jul 2018

The municipality of Rotterdam ends access restrictions to passenger cars


The municipality of Rotterdam ends access restrictions to passenger cars in the city environmental zone. The decision was announced in the local the Coalition Agreement presented on 26 June by the newly elected local government.

Access restrictions for petrol cars built before 1 January will be lifted as of 1 July, 2018, whereas restrictions applying to diesel cars built before 1 January, 2001, will be lifted 1 January, 2020.

By Teije Gorris / Updated: 13 Jun 2018

Cycling infrastructure and road safety trainings - Learn it today. Apply it tomorrow.


"Learn it today. Apply it tomorrow." A bold statement, right? One we intend to make true as of today! Traffic and transport professionals around the globe can pan out, learning from proven Dutch design principles and policy-making, while immersing themselves in the ‘Dutch experience’. This premise is the basis of two practical 5-day trainings offered in the Netherlands this fall: Cycling Infrastructure and a training Road Safety. 

By Ralf Tinga / Updated: 12 Jun 2018
By Tom Nokes / Updated: 10 Jul 2018

Groningen (NL) hosts 6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans


The City of Groningen will host of the 6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (2019). The news was announced by Maja Bakran Marchich, deputy Director General of DG MOVE, during the closing plenary of the 5th SUMP conference.

Dates will be announced soon at www.eltis.org.

By Ralf Tinga / Updated: 18 Apr 2018

Do Dutch children cycle less? Traffic safety institute VVN expresses concern.



The Dutch Veilig Verkeer Nederland (VVN) announces a study into the decreasing number of Dutch children that travel to school by bike. VVN expresses concern that children with no or little experience in cycling affect traffic safety. At the same, it impedes their own development. 

By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 29 Mar 2018

Maastricht to follow German example introducing its Low Emission Zone


The city of Maastricht has announced its plans to introduce a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) next year. The measure is part of the city’s efforts to improve air quality.

Unlike other Dutch cities that have introduced an LEZ, or have announced plans to do so, Maastricht is the first Dutch city planning to use a vignette system, following the example of the green environmental badge (Umweltplakette) used in Germany. Critics fear a patchwork of rules and enforcement systems for LEZ will emerge.

By Tom Nokes / Updated: 17 Jan 2018

SPRING CONFERENCE 2018: Managing Change and Growth In Places of Connection

A European conference celebrating urban transport nodes and urban (re)development around main public transport nodes will take place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from 23 - 25 May 2018.

Several flagship projects from around Europe will share their experiences. It will bring together the leaders of each development and focuses on collaboration between stakeholders, landowners, and civil society representatives.

For more information, please contact this email address: springconference2018@utrecht.nl.