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Traffic and demand management refers to measures such as parking management, reallocating urban space in favour of sustainable modes of transport (including shared space), access controls, road pricing, and traffic signal control strategies.

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By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 13 Jun 2018

Great awards for great cities: does your city have what it takes?

The European Commission recognises cities that take bold measures to tackle environmental and social challenges with City Awards.  

These prestigious awards promote and reward the efforts that individual cities make in a wide range of areas from fair and ethical trade, accessibility, environmental sustainability and transport, tourism, to innovation and tackling cultural challenges.

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By Ralf Tinga / Updated: 05 Jun 2018

City of Munich launches on-demand public transport

The transport company of the City of Munich, MVG, is due to start a pilot with on-demand ride sharing in its city centre this summer. Twenty vehicles will operate on-demand. Algorithms will calculate the fastest and efficient journeys, based on the orders of smartphone app users.

The service called IsarTiger won’t have fixed timetables, but will offer tailor-made rides.

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By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 29 May 2018

T-Charge of London benefited air quality says Mayor Sadiq Khan

On Monday, the 21st of May 2018, Mayor of London Mr Sadiq Khan answered questions from London Assembly members on the subject of the just recently published Environmental Strategy of London. One Assembly Member requested details about the ‘T-Charge’ also known as the Toxicity Charge. This charge is a £10 addition to the existing Congestion Charge Zone, in place since October 2017. Petrol and diesel cars that do not meet Euro 4 standards now need to pay the additional charge during weekdays to enter the zone.

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By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 24 May 2018

First access restrictions on diesel vehicles to be applied at the end of May in Hamburg

German cities are striving for cleaner air. Now, the City of Hamburg is first in Germany to introduce urban vehicle access restrictions on diesel vehicles. Two road sections will soon be closed to older diesel cars and lorries.

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By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 23 May 2018

Smart City for the Citizens 2018: Urban Mobility

The smart city conference "Smart City for the Citizens 2018: Urban Mobility" will take place on May 31, 2018 in the Estonian National Museum, Tartu.

The Estonian Smart City Cluster is designed to create an innovative environment in cities which will boost the competitive ability of companies by bringing together businesses, citizens, public authorities, R&D institutes and structures that support innovation. The activities of the cluster are being co-financed from 2015-2018 by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

By Gabor Heves / Updated: 22 May 2018

Regional Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning for Functional Urban Areas: Improving Capacities to Lower CO2 Emissions

This workshop targets mobility planners (primarily regional authorities, city planners and public transport companies) with a view to exchanging knowledge and experience about integrated low-carbon mobility planning. It will raise participants’ capacities to set-up coordinated management structures in functional urban areas. Ultimately, through improved coordination, mobility planning and deployment of innovative technology, this workshop will contribute to emission and congestion reduction in Central Europe’s functional urban areas.

By Hannah Figg / Updated: 08 May 2018

Safer and Smarter – the Road to 2030

The PIN covers all relevant areas of road safety including road user behaviour, infrastructure and vehicles, as well as road safety policymaking. At the 2018 PIN conference, ETSC will launch its Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) annual report. They will present the latest road safety figures and identify actions needed to accelerate road safety progress. Child road safety and data collection topics will be highlighted. The event will feature a high-level panel debate “the European Road Safety Strategy 2020-30”.

By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 16 Apr 2018
By Tom Nokes / Updated: 04 Apr 2018
By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 29 Mar 2018

Maastricht to follow German example introducing its Low Emission Zone

The city of Maastricht has announced its plans to introduce a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) next year. The measure is part of the city’s efforts to improve air quality.

Unlike other Dutch cities that have introduced an LEZ, or have announced plans to do so, Maastricht is the first Dutch city planning to use a vignette system, following the example of the green environmental badge (Umweltplakette) used in Germany. Critics fear a patchwork of rules and enforcement systems for LEZ will emerge.

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