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22 April 2019

The CIVITAS Forum Conference 2019 will be held in Graz, Austria, from 2-4 October 2019. The 17th edition of Europe's top sustainable urban mobility event will gather the leading figures in the field from across the continent and beyond.

CEDR Conference discusses Modal Choice in a Multimodal Transport System

This European conference will wrap up CEDR’s Research Programme on “User Needs in a multimodal context”, in which Polis is involved as partner. The event will discuss new tools to understand the impact of new technologies, walking and cycling measures, on modal choice and on road safety and will take place on May 9 in Brussels, with a pre-conference evening event on May 8. Registration is free and open until 26 April.

Milan launches Area B, Italy’s largest Low-Emission Zone

In a bid to tackle air pollution and congestion, Milan has restricted access to the city for gasoline and diesel vehicles, thus introducing the largest low emission zone in Italy.

18 April 2019

ITS European Congress

One of the largest events entirely dedicated to smart mobility and digitalisation of transport is organised by ERTICO – ITS Europe, 3-6 June 2019 at Brainport Eindhoven (The Netherlands).
The event will include:

  • International Programme sessions and presentations with top speakers from the industry
  • Demonstrations of the current transport technologies developed and deployed throughout the world
  • Exhibition of cutting-edge companies

The programme offers the opportunity to learn about ITS technologies, as well as new mobility concepts. Meanwhile, demonstrations will provide the opportunity for attendees to witness new innovations and future ventures.
For more information click here.

You will no longer be lost in the big cities

The “Augmented Reality“ of Google Maps is already available for so called “local guides” (registered users, supporting the development of the services of Google Maps). Limited access for the general public to the AR function is because the continuous development of it. The function is still in “Alpha” state and has been developed.
The meaning of the function is to help the navigation of the pedestrians in the densely built-up localities of the urban environments, where due to the high presence of ferroconcrete, which can jam the signal; it is sometimes problematic for Google Maps to define the exact position of the pedestrians. Also the disruptive influence of the electromagnetic emissions from all others electronic devices can´t be neglected, because of their great quantity in high populated city districts. It is often not possible to define the exact location of the pedestrians, which are moving nearby massive buildings (skyscrapers for example), so happens their actual locations to be displayed on spot different than it should be. Than the proposed route can be also mismatched, or at least will be not the optimal one.

Prague to offer free public transport during smog warnings

The Municipality of Prague has announced that public transport will be free during declared smog emergencies, in the hope that commuters will leave their cars at home. Air pollution and smog are frequent concerns in major cities throughout the Czech Republic.

Why a ‘city first’ approach to mobility services is key to transport improvement

Why new mobility service providers need to take a ‘city first’ approach to solving transport issues, or risk becoming part of an even larger problem?
Free2Move’s Scott Shepard explains why mobility must be safe and efficient and why the planning has to be cohesive in order to benefit the general public.
For more information click here.

17 April 2019

Urban Mobility Partnership presents "Action Plan in Brief" and "Actions in a Nutshell"

The Urban Mobility Partnership has presented its final Action Plan in November 2018 which includes the following actions:

  • Reinforcing multi-level cooperation and governance
  • Reinforcing the uptake of sustainable urban mobility planning
  • Evaluating best practices in convenient access to public transport
  • Scaling up innovative clean buses
  • Developing guidelines on infrastructure for active mobility supported by relevant funding
  • Promoting sustainable and active mobility behavior
  • Reducing diversity of Urban Vehicle Access Regulations (UVAR)
  • Exploring the deployment of New Mobility Services
  • Setting up a European framework for fostering urban mobility innovation

A summary of the document - the Action Plan in Brief - showcases the Partnership's milestones.
For more information click here.

The Partnership on Air Quality delivers tools to help cities and Member States overcome the challenge of air pollution

After almost three years of intense cooperation, the Urban Agenda Partnership on Air Quality has recently delivered a suite of integrate tools to help cities and Member States overcome the challenge of air pollution and reduce its negative impact on health.

Roadtrains of the future

A new vision of personal city transport related to the understanding of the needs of modern urbanization and respecting the green thinking is the goal of the new European project called „ESPRIT“. ESPRIT means Easily diStributed Personal RapId Transit and is a model of future car sharing in city centers and suburbia. The solution will be a roadtrains of electric vehicles. Coupling systems of the vehicles will help to redistribute them more effective according to the passenger’s needs. It is possible to connect up to 7 vehicles, which will be delivered by the service operator; anywhere they will be needed – any public transport stations.

Free public transport is no more a dream from the future

The new formed coalition government of Luxembourg with the Prime Minister Xavier Bettel after the last elections took plans to make the public transport free of charge. This is a reaction of growing traffic congestions, which are leading to big air pollutions.