Quality, audits and benchmarking

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Pursuing a quality management approach is not only necessary, but will help cities develop and implement better transport policies.

Good transport planning is informed by reference to good practice elsewhere. Auditing and benchmarking help cities compare their plans and performance against that of others - not in a spirit of competition, but rather one of continuous improvement.

By News Editor / Updated: 20 Aug 2015

Project QUEST: Identifying further SUMP measures in Murska Sobota (Slovenia)

In 2013 Murska Sobota decided it had to reassess its sustainable mobility policies and plans because the sustainable mobility process in the city had recently slowed down.

The University of Maribor assisted the Slovenian city in the process and developed a new action plan with the help of a quality management tool developed by an EU project, known as QUEST.

Thanks to this tool Murska Sobota created a new free bus for citizens and now has plans to redevelop a pedestrian street and reduce the amount of parking in the city.

By Dagmar Roeller / Updated: 31 Mar 2015

2015 Annual Polis Conference

The Annual Polis Conference provides an opportunity for cities and regions to showcase their transport achievements to a large audience and for the wider transport community to engage with representatives of city and regional authorities on innovative transport solutions. The conference offers a mix of high-level plenary sessions, with prominent figures debating topical issues and trends, and 16 technical sessions showing innovation in policy and practice across the transport spectrum.

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 02 Apr 2015

ISEMOA Quality Management System for accessibility

A large category of people face challenges in using public transport or moving around cities. This includes not only people with long-term or permanent disabilities, but also the elderly, people with temporary injuries, or people travelling with heavy luggage or young children.

Due to these issues, these groups often depend on car travel to meet their mobility needs. Local and regional authorities can work to make urban environments and mobility more appropriate for these transport users, aiming to reduce their reliance on private cars.

By RLeonM / Updated: 27 Feb 2015
By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 30 Jul 2015
By Pekka Tahkola / Updated: 22 May 2015

Winter Cycling Congress 2015

The Winter Cycling Congress 2015 Leeuwarden is about uniting communities of all climates, sizes and levels of bicycle development who share the ambition to make two-wheeled travel normal, even when the snow flies.

Using the perspective of all different types of professionals – from engineers to planners to bloggers to public health officials and more – the conference will show that winter cycling is more than a sustainable solution for transporting people, it is also a way to develop a culture and built environment supporting the health, wealth and happiness of many people.

By Alexia / Updated: 04 Dec 2014

Lombardy imposes vehicle restrictions to tackle poor air quality (Italy)

Faced with rising smog levels and poor air quality, the Regional Government of Lombardy is extending new regulations that curtail the use of polluting vehicles to a further 361 municipalities in the region.

In total, 517 municipalities within Lombardy will be subject to the restrictions which come into effect on 15 October 2015.

By News Editor / Updated: 31 Jul 2015

Promoting and enhancing urban sustainability

The Reference Framework for European Sustainable Cities (RFSC) is an online toolkit designed to help cities promote and enhance their work on integrated sustainable urban development. With regards to urban mobility, the multi-purpose decision-making and communication tool can help to ensure an integrated approach and assess the current situation. The RFSC tool is not place-specific and can be adapted to suit local priorities.

For more information, visit rfsc-community.eu

By Pavlina Dravecka / Updated: 20 Feb 2015
By News Editor / Updated: 04 Aug 2015

Promoting workplace sustainable mobility through labelling

There are many ways in which employers and transport managers can promote sustainable mobility. However, getting an idea of how measures can work together to create a truly sustainable mobility workplace culture is very useful. Moreover, publicising this state of affairs and raising awareness in a workplace is also important.