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By News Editor / Updated: 05 Jul 2017

Power to the people: Lorca's urban mobility plan (Spain)


Lorca, Spain, has put together its first sustainable urban mobility plan. What sets it apart is the extent to which citizens were involved in its conception.

Devised jointly with local residents and under a policy of "Open Government", local residents were involved throughout the development process. A telephone survey was conducted  with 2,000 residents, whilst four public meetings were held to gather local opinion. Civil society organisations were also involved throughout.

By Pau Vilaplana / Updated: 28 Jun 2017

Terrassa City Council sets up parking areas for GPS usage (Spain)


The use of electronic devices while driving is banned by Spanish traffic regulations. However, some drivers continue to look up routes on their phones or satellite navigation systems whilst travelling, which endangers both other road users and themselves.

To counteract this, Terrassa City Council - located in the Catalonia region of Spain - will soon introduce special parking areas that provide drivers with a place to stop and input their new routes. It is believed to be the first initiative of its kind worldwide.

By AlexBcn / Updated: 26 Jun 2017

Mobility Eco Forum - The Future of Mobile Lives in Cities

MEF aims to make public and reflect about mobility issues related with social change and transition scenarios for the future.

The Eco Forum is an international conference to scale-up and disseminate good practices and successful initiatives in the field of sustainable urban mobility in large and medium European and Mediterranean cities. it is scheduled to take place on 29 September in Barcelona.

It is also a registered action for European Mobility Week 2017.

By News Editor / Updated: 01 Jun 2017

Getxo begins to plan its first SUMP (Spain)


Getxo, a town in the Basque Country, will soon take the first steps in the process of developing a SUMP for the local municipal area.

In the coming weeks, 4,000 questionnaires will be distributed. They seek to find out the routes that are taken by residents in the area, along with at what times of day.

Taxi drivers, cyclists, and associations of elderly or disabled people are amongst those who will be surveyed. Sessions will also be held for local residents to discuss the plans.

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Terrassa "Step by Step" Map, which displays different walking trips, showing the distances between 32 points of the city of Terrassa and the approximate travel time to connect them.

The Terrassa City Council has launched a campaign which aims to encourage people to walk within the city by highlighting the benefits that this activity entails for citizens, especially with regard to health. The Deputy Mayor for the Environment and Sustainability, Marc Armengol, and the councillor of Health, Maruja Rambla, presented the campaign "Step by Step" last week at the downtown, with the slogan "In Terrassa, on foot. Fast and healthy”.

By News Editor / Updated: 09 May 2017

Gijon sets sights on reducing private car use (Spain)


The City of Gijón, Spain plans to approve its Mobility Plan for 2016-2024 next September.

Recent revisions to the document have targeted reducing use of private vehicles while increasing bicycle and public transport usage.

Praising the "exhaustive" work of the team drafting the plan, Gijón mayor Carmen Moriyon said that the plan will lead to a new mobility model in the city, but that "there is still a lot of work to be done."

By News Editor / Updated: 30 Mar 2017

Barcelona to build over 60km of bike lanes (Spain)


The city of Barcelona has approved a tender for 62 km of bike paths for 2017.

The planned work is in line with the objectives of the city’s urban mobility plan, and will include bicycle connections with L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, El Prat and Santa Coloma de Gramenet.

According to Barcelona’s councillor for mobility, Mercedes Vidal, the new bike lanes will be distributed through 30 different actions with the intention of promoting cycling as a sustainable and efficient means of transport in the city.

By Pavlina Dravecka / Updated: 16 Mar 2017
By Pavlina Dravecka / Updated: 16 Mar 2017
By News Editor / Updated: 13 Mar 2017

Santander to boost size of bicycle network (Spain)


The city of Santander on the north coast of Spain is to expand its cycling infrastructure to make cycling a more viable sustainable transport option for residents.

The plans, announced by the mayor and councillor for sustainable mobility, will see a four-fold increase in the current network of bicycle lanes.

Additional facilities include covered and safe bicycle parking places in strategic locations of the city and small car parks.

These will be closed structures with video surveillance that are accessible only by a smart card.

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