An electric car-sharing service with a presence in Lithuania and Bulgaria has recently launched recently in Bucharest, Romania.
Several Romanian cities are currently renovating their public transport fleets, replacing older and dirtier vehicles with brand new eco-friendly ones, generally leaning toward electric-vehicles. These efforts are expected to provide concrete contributions to the improvement of air quality in Romania biggest cities and enhance the quality of life for local residents.
Two Romanian startups recently launched electric scooter rental services in Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
The first, known as “Flow”, will launch in June 2019 in both Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca. The same service will also be introduced over the summer in Timisoara and further expanded at a domestic level. The company will start with a fleet of about 500 electric scooters, but the target is to expand it to 2,000 - 3,000 vehicles by the end of the year.
According to a Bucharest City Hall project that was approved at the General Council of Bucharest (CGMB) meeting held on 12 December 2018, students in Bucharest up to 18 years of age could travel free of charge with over-ground public transport means run by STB (formerly RATB) in the Romanian capital, Bucharest.
Free local public passenger transport is expected to be provided for all students in accredited/licensed pre-university education who attend the courses of an educational institution in the city of Bucharest, as quoted in the project.
The first of three workshops in the third SUMP Learning Programme (SLP) will take place in Bucharest, Romania.
A full day of SUMP learning activities awaits the 20 participants from the SLP 3 group. After a round of introductions, a keynote presentation on the challenges of reducing car traffic will set the scene for the rest of the day's activities.
Four of the cities taking part in the SLP - Loulé (Portugal), Cesis (Latvia), Granollers, (Spain), and Fabriano, (Italy) - will describe the varying SUMP situations that they find themselves in.
New tariffs for parking facilities administered by the Bucharest’s City Hall entered into force on 01 July 2018; the cost of parking fees in the center of Bucharest has risen by up to 10 lei, per hour.
Environmental organisations and activists in Bucharest welcomed this measure, explaining that the limit values set by EU air quality legislation have been exceeded in the capital city, and one of the causes leading to this situation is intense traffic and congestion.
Last week the Romanian Government approved the funding of more than €400 million of European funds to provide brand new trams, trolleybuses and electric buses across the country. Funds will also encompass recharging points and intelligent transport equipment – as well as upgrading the current fleet of school buses used by municipalities and local administrations across the country to Diesel Euro 6.
One of the main aims of CIVITAS PROSPERITY is to support and promote the take-up of SUMP especially in countries / regions and cities where the take up of this planning approach is low so far. CIVITAS PROSPERITY identifies interesting personalities that act as SUMP ambassadors. They offer a clear message on why SUMPs are so important, hence they motivate others to take the next step as well.