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By Francesco Ripa / Updated: 19 Jun 2019

Bratislava city council to invest €1.6 million on bike paths


Bratislava has announced plans to expand the cycling network and develop new pedestrian zones in 2019.

In a bid to promote active transport, the city council has earmarked €1.6 million for the construction, repair and maintenance of the cycle lanes in Bratislava. According to the municipality, creating separate bike lanes is a top priority. One-third of the total budget will fund the creation of new cycle lanes. In total, 29 kilometres of pathways are planned for construction.

By Francesco Ripa / Updated: 17 Jun 2019

Tallinn and Helsinki to be connected by a 20-minutes train connection


The Finnish Government has announced the construction of a 103-kilometre tunnel that will connect Finland to Estonia, which will allow people to travel from Helsinki to Tallinn in only 20 minutes.

Currently, it takes two hours to travel between the two capital cities. At the moment, the journey can only be done via ferries across the Gulf of Finland. On some days, however, the ferries do not operate due to adverse weather conditions. Thanks to the rail connection, travel times will be significantly shorter, and journeys will become more reliable.

By Francesco Ripa / Updated: 25 Mar 2019

European cities working to reduce the carbon footprint of their procurement


Oslo, Rotterdam and Copenhagen are showing how cooperation with private sector actors is essential to reducing the carbon footprint of transport-related procurement activities.

The three cities are pilot sites in BuyZET, an EU-funded project on zero-emission procurement. Within the project Oslo, Rotterdam and Copenhagen are developing innovative procurement plans to achieve the zero-emission urban delivery of goods and services.

By Francesco Ripa / Updated: 18 Feb 2019

Umeå announces new freight transport strategy


The city of Umeå, in northern Sweden, has developed its first integrated freight plan for the city centre. With a population of around 85 000, Umeå is the largest urban community in northern Sweden. Due to a fast-growing population and the boom of e-commerce, the city centre has been facing increasing traffic problems linked with the delivery of goods and services. A clear strategy for sustainable urban freight in the city centre was therefore essential.

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By EUSPM / Updated: 14 Feb 2019

European Startup Prize for Mobility Reveals Top 150


Following the call for submissions launched on 13 December last year, 600 European startups entered the second edition of the European Startup Prize for Mobility, with the aim of becoming the European mobility champions of tomorrow. Supported by both the European Parliament and the European Commission, the programme aims to promote European startups developing sustainable, safe and inclusive mobility innovations in Europe and beyond.

By Ella Andrew / Updated: 06 Feb 2019

Cycling in Europe: Celebrating success in a Champion city - Malmö, Sweden


The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) has produced guidance to support the design and implementation of cycling projects in Member States. This new guidance builds on existing city and national-level information to provide a coherent and ‘universal’ set of guidelines that will be relevant to a range of different cities and environments.  

By Hannah Figg / Updated: 17 Dec 2018

Breda wins 2019 Access City Award for making the city more accessible to citizens with disabilities


The 2019 Access City Award goes to the city of Breda, in the Netherlands, for continuously making improvements to make life easier for people with disabilities.

The award was handed out this morning at the Access City Award Ceremony, taking place in Brussels. Breda is a source of inspiration for cities in Europe and beyond, which encounter similar challenges.

By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 19 Mar 2019

Stockholm: Achieving sustainable mobility using urban vehicle access regulations


Stockholm is recognised as a pioneer of using urban vehicle access regulations (UVARs) to reduce congestion, improve air quality and promote alternative transport modes within the city centre. The city ranked second worldwide in the Urban Mobility Index presented in the Arthur D Little Future of Mobility report 3.0, which was published in April 2018. Stockholm scored 57.1% compared with the worldwide average of 42.3% and was very close to the first-place city, Singapore, which achieved 59.3%.

By Jan-Willem Van ... / Updated: 13 Oct 2017

Utrecht's SUMP: moving from theory to practice (the Netherlands)


A new and integrated planning approach is required for designing the cities of the future. Utrecht recognised this and adopted the Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) framework.

This case study outlines how Utrecht moved from developing its SUMP to making practical design choices and implementing measures to create a healthier and more sustainable city. The changes these decisions instigated in public spaces and their positive impact on sustainable mobility are also shown.

By Jan-Willem Van ... / Updated: 13 Oct 2017

Stockholm: implementing a public electric vehicle charging network (Sweden)


Stockholm has the ambitious goal to become one of the world’s leading clean vehicle cities by 2030. To achieve this, it was decided to boost the city’s electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure by expanding the existing charging infrastructure and build a fast charging network. The project started in 2014 with the aim of installing 10 new fast and 100 normal charging points – all intended for public use - and developing a plan for future network expansion.