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 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 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 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.

By News Editor / Updated: 30 Jul 2015
By News Editor / Updated: 01 Mar 2016

Good practice for improving accessibility

More than half the population of older people in Europe lives in urban areas, so it is becoming increasingly important for urban transport systems to be accessible. However, good practice in the field of transport accessibility is an evolving concept. It is also important to recognise that simple low-cost schemes can be as valuable as expensive and sophisticated ones.

The Mediate project has produced a number of different tools to help make European cities better adapted to older residents.

By News Editor / Updated: 04 Aug 2015

ISEMOA guidance for improving accessibility

People with reduced mobility such as those with permanent or temporary disabilities, the elderly and parents with small children often depend on cars for their daily mobility due to the barriers they encounter in public spaces and transport.

Local and regional authorities can enable people with reduced mobility to adopt lifestyles which are more independent of cars, by making other modes such as walking, cycling and public transport more accessible. Measures to increase accessibility can also result in energy savings and increased service quality for all passengers.

By News Editor / Updated: 04 Aug 2015

Guidance on walking audits

Walking audits are a good way to raise awareness of the importance of walking and to identify and solve specific problems in the pedestrian environment. On a walking audit, key stakeholders and personnel are led around a route on which issues confronting pedestrians and cyclists are highlighted by the group leader and participants. It also includes an opportunity to discuss the problems and potential solutions. After the route is completed, a debrief session is held to allow space for further and more in-depth discussion.

By News Editor / Updated: 04 Aug 2015

Quality management for mobility management

Mobility management is understood as 'soft' measures such as information and communication campaigns, organising services and co-ordinating activities of different partners, with the goal of promoting sustainable transport and managing the demand for car use by changing travellers’ attitudes and behaviour. Quality management ensures that new mobility management measures are easily and efficiently introduced and that existing measures are effective.