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By Jan Christiaens / Updated: 01 Aug 2014

Report on equal treatment of transgender people on public transport

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At the March 2012 CIVITAS training workshop on social inclusion a new report was presented concerning the equal treatment of transgender people as public transport users and staff.
One of the presenters at the CIVITAS training workshop in Coimbra, Portugal, concluded his presentation by saying: “More needs to be done to understand the mobility issues faced by marginalised groups.” A European NGO representing a marginalised group responded to this call by presenting a position paper about transgender people’s experiences of using sustainable modes of transport.
By Raf Canters / Updated: 01 Aug 2014

Leipzig calls for ideas from citizens to improve local transport (Germany)

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The city of Leipzig has chosen an innovative way to involve citizens in transport planning. In March, the city launched a competition to identify residents’ best ideas for local transport.
Leipzig started the challenge as part of public discussions about its urban mobility and urban development plan. As framework conditions and financing possibilities have changed along with policy and social objectives, the 2003 plan will now be assessed and updated.
By Jan Christiaens / Updated: 01 Aug 2014

Shortlist for 2012 Transport Achievement Award announced

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The International Transport Forum at the OECD, an intergovernmental organisation for the transport sector that comprises 53 countries, has announced the projects shortlisted for its 2012 Transport Achievement Award.
Seamless transport drives the development of new forms of mobility and economic growth. The Transport Achievement Award honours transport projects that have demonstrated excellence in seamlessly connecting people, infrastructure or markets.
By Raf Canters / Updated: 01 Aug 2014

50 European cities commit to sustainable urban mobility

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Fifty European cities are developing action plans to substantially improve urban transport. The cities started activities to improve urban transport only recently, or do not see the expected effect of past actions. In the framework of the QUEST project they will learn from advanced forerunner cities.
By Raf Canters / Updated: 01 Aug 2014

San Francisco and Medellín win 2012 Sustainable Transport Award

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San Francisco, USA and Medellín, Colombia were declared the winners of the 8th annual Sustainable Transport Award. This year’s slate of nominees is unique in that the two winners, and the two honorable mentions showcase a breadth of interventions that put citizens first.
Each city is also a leader in embracing social media and online technologies to reach out to those citizens, giving a better more informative and convenient service.
By Raf Canters / Updated: 01 Aug 2014

Paper on Rising Automobile Dependency: How to Break the Trend?

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Developing cities are facing the crisis of increasing automobiles and its consequences, such as reduced air quality and road safety, and economic loss. GIZ has produced a paper outlining the current conditions and drawing upon best practices from various cities.
By Raf Canters / Updated: 01 Aug 2014

Commission makes €200 million available for key TEN-T projects

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The European Commission launched a Call for Proposals under the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) annual programme, making €200 million available to co-finance projects in several specific priority areas
The Annual Call will complement the funding already made available in June 2011 through the multi-annual programme in order to speed up the completion of the TEN-T network and will help prepare the ground for future TEN-T policy developments.
By News Editor / Updated: 01 Aug 2014

Public concern about green issues has declined (UK)

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The latest edition of the British Social Attitudes Survey, conducted by the UK’s National Centre for Social Research in 2010, has found that people living in the UK are less concerned about environmental issues now than ten years ago.
Some of the main findings of the survey include:

•68% are concerned about the effect of travel on climate change, compared to 80% in 2005
•28% regard air pollution from cars as “very” or “extremely” dangerous to the environment, down from 54% in 2000.
By Jan Christiaens / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
By News Editor / Updated: 12 Dec 2014