[31-03-2014]

Resources for increasing sustainable mobility

12 percent of Europeans cycle daily according to a new study, but to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 60 percent by 2050, we need to do more. Working together to develop competitive and resource-efficient urban mobility is a key takeaway from the Commission’s new urban mobility package, which is meant to guide policy at the European level and within Member States. Mobycon has been working together with partners across Europe on large-scale pilot projects in the area of sustainable mobility for more than 10 years. Read more

Through these projects, resources have been developed for cities, which are directly related to the five specific approaches outlined in the urban mobility package. We invite our readers to reference these projects for case studies, international best practices and products related to the approaches encouraged in the Urban Mobility Package. Below, we have outlined the recommended approaches and helpful links to related projects. 

  1. Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans - Phasing out “conventionally-fuelled” cars from cities by 2050 is one of the benchmarks of the package. SUMPs promote integrated transportation planning resulting in a more balanced system. Presenting long-term strategy and short-term implementation for improving accessibility, the goal of a SUMP is to provide high-quality transport and mobility in the entire functioning city, not only in the city proper. 
    EcoMobility Shift – Cities can use the performance indicators for sustainability urban mobility defined through this project to assess, audit and label their performance.

  2. Urban Logistics – With 73 percent of Europeans living in cities, urban logistics are essential to quality of life and the economic success of cities. Despite the importance of this sector, logistics is often ignored from a planning perspective. Managing demand, shifting modes, improving efficiency and improving vehicles and fleets are some of the recommended steps for more efficient urban transport. 
    BESTFACT –Best practices in urban freight distribution, green logistics, intermodal transport and e-freight are being inventoried through this project. 
    PRO-E-BIKE –This project is aimed at helping businesses embrace the e-cargo bike for delivery of goods, passengers and services. 

  3. Urban vehicle access regulations – Maximising accessibility as cities grow means decisions must be made about how to prioritize space and make the best use of transportation infrastructure. The package proposes moving toward a “user pays” and “polluter pays” system. Urban access regulations are measures that regulate vehicular access to urban infrastructure and can include everything from bus-only lanes to Low-Emission Zones (LEZ) to car-free city centres.
    Naviki – Cities and regions can use this software product to promote cycling through a customized platform with multiple functions, including route finding and data gathering for cycling planning. 

  4. Intelligent transport systems (ITS) – In cramped cities, ITS has great potential for better managing the movement of people, goods and services and developing new services to better serve user needs and policy goals. It can be applied to all modes of transportation and mobility services to make them cleaner and more efficient. ITS is being applied to create smarter bike and car sharing schemes, manage parking and much more.
    2Decide – Road and public transport authorities can use the ITS Toolkit to find case studies and best practices related to ITS applications.
    RISING – Transport and logistics companies can refer to the project for information about the added value of River Information Services (RIS).

  5. Road safety - Half the victims in fatal traffic accidents on urban roads are pedestrians and cyclists. Thus a large part of improving road safety is better protecting vulnerable road users. Suggested measures include improving driver education, increasing enforcement of road rules, safer road infrastructure and safer vehicles, promoting modern technology and improving emergency services. Moving toward Vision Zero across the entire European Union and halving the number of road deaths are associated benchmarks.
    SafeCycle – Cities, advocates and other stakeholders can consult this project for research about the ways ICT applications can be used to increase cyclist safety.
    SaferBrain – Stakeholders in countries with emerging economies can refer to this project, which was about increasing safety across the whole road system focusing attention on vulnerable users

Visit our website for more information about European Commission projects or contact Ronald Jorna. For more information about Naviki, contact Angela van der Kloof.



 

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