Smarter Travel LIVE! is Europe’s regular meeting place for the intelligent mobility community. In 2018, it will see more than 700 delegates from government, academia and the transport and urban planning professions share insight and experience with mobility innovators, public authorities, transport operators, car makers, private investors, data scientists and entrepreneurs. It's where innovation, technology, engineering, psychology and policy come together to create smarter, cleaner and more active mobility options for more stages of every journey.
Delivering Healthy Streets is key to making our cities better places to walk, cycle and spend time, and for supporting social and economic activity.
Hosted by City of London, the 2nd annual Healthy Streets conference will profile best practice case studies from those that are delivering successful Healthy Streets projects in London, the UK and beyond. This event will showcase the best examples of political leadership, policy, projects and programmes that are delivering Healthy Streets.
The UK Department for Transport has issued the Road to Zero strategy which plans to bans conventional car sales by 2040 (see separate Eltis article for more detail on this). The strategy acknowledges that ‘road transport is one of the biggest contributors to poor air quality in some of the UK’s towns and cities’.
The UK government has confirmed its ambition of seeing at least half of new cars being ultra low emission by 2030 as part of plans to make the UK the best place in the world to build and own an electric vehicle.
New research published recently by Go Ultra Low has revealed that there is confusion amongst the British public when it comes to pure electric cars, with many unaware of the benefits around performance, charging and cost.
Chris Boardman, Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner, has unveiled an innovative new plan to create a city-region-wide cycling and walking network made up of more than 1,000 miles of routes, including 75 miles of Dutch-style segregated bike lanes.
The ‘Beelines’ network will be the largest joined-up system of walking and cycling routes in the UK and has been developed with all 10 Greater Manchester local authorities.
Scotland’s capital celebrated its Summer Summit on Clean Air Day, 21 June 2018. To mark the event, some of the roads in the city centre were closed during the two-day event, including some main streets such as the Mound, Hanover Street and George Street. The City Council used the occasion to announce that it is considering road closures for vehicle-free days on a more regular basis to tackle the high emission load in the city centre.
The 21 of June 2018 was this year’s Clean Air Day across the United Kingdom, the right time to rethink air quality and to demonstrate necessary actions for air quality improvements. In Edinburgh, Christine Jardine, the Member of Parliament for Edinburgh West, used the occasion to raise awareness on the low air quality in her constituency by starting a petition. The public launch took place on St John’s Road and the location was well chosen: according to “Friends of the Earth Scotland”, St John’s Road was the second most polluted street for nitrogen dioxide loads in Scotland 2017.
With a keen focus on case studies from forward-looking city leaders, the Connected Cities Summit provides in-depth analysis and innovative strategy to take cities into an automated future. Taking place over the course of two days, the summit will feature over 200 speakers, 60 exhibitors and provide detailed case studies from a number of cities.