Safety and urban mobility

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As active travel becomes more popular in Europe, the way in which urban spaces are being used is changing. Safety and urban mobility includes the ways in which practitioners seek to ensure the safety of all road and public space users – incorporating all modes of urban travel. 

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By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 17 Feb 2020

Helsinki has no pedestrian fatalities in 2019

In 2019, the Finnish capital Helsinki recorded, for the first time since it started recording the relevant statistics, a year with no pedestrian fatalities from road traffic accidents.

The Finnish capital keeps, as do many cities, statistics on road traffic accidents and has been doing so since 1960. Only in 2019, did Helsinki, for the first time, record a year with no pedestrian fatalities from road traffic.

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By cnebusi / Updated: 18 Feb 2020
By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 10 Feb 2020

International study identifies best urban design to reduce road injuries

A new study has identified the urban design features that help to reduce accidents and injuries on the roads of major global cities.

The study, published by “The Lancet Planetary Health”, investigated how urban design is influencing road accidents and injuries. Researchers categorised 1,632 cities world-wide into nine design types based on each city's urban design characteristics taken from a sample of maps. The categories ranged from cities with well organised road and rail networks to those where public transport hardly exists and the urban area is well spread out.

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By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 07 Feb 2020

Hamburg to equip all its trucks with ‘turning assistance systems’

After a series of fatal accidents involving trucks making a turn and cyclists, Hamburg plans to equip the entire urban fleet with turning assistant systems in an effort to improve the safety of vulnerable road users. The measure was announced on 22 January 2020 by Hamburg’s Senators for the Interior, Andy Grote, and Transport, Michael Westhagemann, who invited private transport companies in Hamburg to join the initiative.

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By Benjamin Baxter / Updated: 29 Jan 2020

European Road Safety Summer School 2020

Mobility experts will gather this summer in Mechelen, Belgium for the European Road Safety Summer School. This is an opportunity to learn about an integrated approach to road safety, based on good examples from European countries. The week will feature group discussions, networking and various knowledge exchange sessions.  

There are five thematic areas, with one topic central to each day’s discussions. They are:

By Benjamin Baxter / Updated: 16 Jan 2020

Public Health and Sustainable Transport Summit

The Public Health & Sustainable Transport Summit brings together central and local government decision-makers to focus on best practice between the public health, transport planning and urban development sectors.

Prevention rather than cure is now the UK government’s public health priority, and policy makers and planners can make a significant difference to positive health outcomes through boosting the delivery of active travel and better public transport schemes.

This event will host speeches, discussions and case studies in several thematic areas:

By Go Mobility 2018 / Updated: 08 Jan 2020

Go Mobility 2020

Go Mobility is the new mobility exhibition of southern Europe, fostered by the Regional Council of Gipuzkoa and the Basque Government.

The event is integrated with the strategy for the development of electromobility that the institutions are fostering, spearheaded by MUBIL – Gipuzkoa Electromobility Center.

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By Francesco Ripa / Updated: 18 Dec 2019

Tampere pilots artificial intelligence solutions to improve pedestrian safety

The Finnish city of Tampere has started testing artificial intelligence (AI) and 'Internet of Things' technologies to improve pedestrian safety.

Working in partnership with Tieto, an IT services and software company, Tampere has developed a solution that can automatically detect when a pedestrian is planning to cross the street at an intersection. In order to protect the privacy of those being monitored, the solution is built in a way that prevents the identification of individual people or vehicles.

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By Benjamin Baxter / Updated: 12 Dec 2019

Urban Transport 2020

The continuing requirement for better urban transport systems and the need for a healthier environment has added to the increasing success of this annual meeting which attracts international delegates from many different countries. Innovative systems, new approaches and original ideas need to be thoroughly tested and critically evaluated before they can be implemented in practice, which highlights the importance of the meeting. Moreover, there is a growing need for integration with telecommunications systems and IT applications in order to improve safety, security and efficiency.

By Benjamin Baxter / Updated: 12 Dec 2019

City Street 4

City Street 4 is a platform for the international and interdisciplinary discussion on adaptive approaches towards evolving city streets. Various disciplines are invited to engage and to reflect upon problems related to social integration and exclusion, road accidents and casualties, urban traffic congestion, public health, climate change, and more. This conference welcomes students, researchers and professionals in the urban road planning sector.