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  1. The local governance of micromobility – Paris case study

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    Source: Eltis, H. Figg

    Europe’s main observatory on urban mobility, Eltis, releases write-up on the role of local authorities in planning and managing rapidly growing new mobility services

    The case study of Paris explores how action was taken after the swift introduction of free-floating e-scooter fleets and increased personal ownership, including the introduction of a Code of Good Conduct while awaiting a legal framework.

    Of key interest is the 18-month period that could be considered a ‘legal vacuum’, in which e-scooters were not subject to the Highway Code, and the National Law on Mobility (LOM) was stalled as it awaited approval by the French government.

    Paris’ governing body acted to create a working group for all e-scooter stakeholders, inviting operators of the devices to sign a Code of Good Conduct before the end of May 2019. From here, any new operator of e-scooters in the region was invited to join the group to discuss the use of rental e-scooters in public spaces.

    The Code of Good Conduct provided guiding principles and paved the way for good public-private collaboration. Operators were encouraged to work on a deployment strategy that respects other users, with the main aspects of the Code covering:

    • Parking and riding rules
    • Operators’ commitments regarding safety and security
    • Respect for other users, particularly people with disabilities
    • Relationship with the city authorities
    • Use of e-scooters in line with sustainability priorities of the city.

    Stress was placed on the need to ensure pedestrian comfort and safety while awaiting national legislation. Paris is a leading example of local governance and public-private cooperation. Other similar cities are increasingly deciding to be in the driver’s seat when it comes to managing the offer and operations of new mobility services.

    In a landscape where cities are experiencing a transport transformation in many forms, a well-regulated and integrated urban mobility policy will ensure a smooth transition that is a success for all users of public space and road systems.

    Using Paris as a case study, transport planners may observe both successes and challenges in adapting to unfolding technological advances. Read the full Eltis write-up, which includes additional context, results, transferability, and opportunities for development, here.

  2. The SUMP Topic Guide on safe use of micromobility devices in urban areas is now available in French

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    Source: Eltis, H. Figg

    Micromobility has the potential to revolutionize city living but brings new challenges. As the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) Topic Guide produced by Eltis becomes available in additional languages, its message can reach further and promote ‘Vision Zero’.

    “The Topic Guide is part of a compendium of EU guidance documents, complementing the revised second edition of the SUMP Guidelines. It proposes best practices and key recommendations on the integration of micromobility in urban mobility planning, with the goal to support cities in achieving a safer use of micromobility devices in urban areas. It should also support the European Commission in delivering Action 22 of the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy. It focuses on shared electrically powered personal mobility devices such as e-scooters and provides some guidance on how the users of these vehicles interact with the users of bicycles and electric power-assisted cycles (EPACs), as well as pedestrians and other road users.

    The Topic Guide also provides recommendations on integrating micromobility into the ‘Vision Zero’ approach to mobility and planning, which aims to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. It highlights the need to urgently integrate e-scooters into cities’ Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs), but also into Vision Zero Safety Plans and other relevant plans such as urban development plans.”

    The Topic Guide can be accessed in English, here. Other guides and alternate language editions can be found here.

  3. Toolbox for Mobility Management produced by cities.multimodal project

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    The cities.multimodal project (2017-2021), co-funded by the EU, aims to transition urban transport towards low carbon mobility. It has brought together cities and industry experts to find and implement sustainable mobility solutions in the Baltic Sea Region.

    “Within the project, partner cities developed and applied contemporary sustainable urban mobility approaches, with various activities and measures being implemented to promote walking, cycling, public transport and shared mobility services as more favourable alternatives to private car use.

    The project, which concluded earlier this year, resulted in the publication of three final documents, including a Planner’s Guide to Sustainable Urban Mobility Management and a Toolbox for Mobility Management.”

    The Toolbox for Mobility Management offers both advice and information, allowing institutions to easily and effectively apply this sustainable approach to their travel practices. There are clear and comprehensive chapters for each target group, encouraging local projects to be set up within their community. The project’s goal is to engage as many as possible in implementing relevant Mobility Management concepts.

    Source: https://www.eltis.org/resources/tools/toolbox-mobility-management?utm_source=Ricardo-AEA%20Ltd&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=12681175_Copy%20of%20ELTIS%2FED62677104%2FNewsletter_September&dm_i=DA4,7JSUV,RK9AWU,UQ3LG,1

  4. TRIMIS and Urban Mobility

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    Source: ELTIS by Hannah Figg, 19 March 2021 TRIMIS (the Transport Research and Innovation Monitoring and Information System portal) is an open-access knowledge management system that consists of a large database of EU-funded and nationally-funded transport research projects and programmes together with an inventory of transport technologies and innovations.

    It provides an assessment of technology trends and transport R&I capacities in the EU and aims at disseminating information and data to a wide range of stakeholders, as well as developing analytical tools relevant to the European transport system. It is an important resource which currently contains information on approximately 9,000 transport R&I projects and programmes, including many related to urban mobility, and acts as a central hub for transport researchers and policy makers all over Europe.

    In 2017, the European Commission (EC) adopted the Strategic Transport Research and Innovation Agenda (STRIA) to promote transport research and innovation (R&I) for clean, connected and competitive mobility in the EU. Seven STRIA roadmaps that outlined priority areas with specific actions for future R&I were identified:

    • Cooperative, connected and automated transport
    • Transport electrification
    • Vehicle design and manufacturing 
    • Low-emission alternative energy for transport
    • Network and traffic management systems
    • Smart mobility and services
    • Infrastructure

    TRIMIS monitors the implementation and effectiveness of the roadmaps developed and it also supports the EU’s Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy.

    Specifically, the EC’s Joint Research Centre and TRIMIS address many aspects related to urban mobility and produced several analyses and reports including:

    • The 2019 ‘Future of Cities’ report: This considers how cities can address future mobility challenges. It highlights the factors which are contributing to change in urban areas, bringing attention to future challenges, and sets out how cities can adopt solutions to develop cities of the future. For more information see here.
    • A 2019 TRIMIS Digest on urban freight logistics: It explores the challenges or urban freight transport policies, electric vehicles and electric-assisted cargo bicycles as the solution for urban freight and the benefits of crowdshipping for urban logistics. For more information see here.
    • A 2019 TRIMIS Digest on shared mobility: It discusses shared mobility models, the role of car-sharing in low-carbon mobility, willingness in car sharing and what users think about MaaS. For more information see here.
    • A 2020 TRIMIS Digest focussing on sustainable urban freight: It explores the opportunities and challenges for innovative technologies to change the urban freight system, costs for electric light commercial vehicle, the impact of relocating freight facilities to the city edge on CO2 emissions, and how stakeholders can have a significant influence on freight operators. For more information see here.
    • The 2020 Research and innovation in smart mobility and services in Europe’ Report: This report provides a comprehensive analysis of R&I in smart mobility and services in Europe. It critically assesses research by thematic area and technologies, highlighting recent developments and future needs.
    • The 2020Research and innovation in network and traffic management systems Report: This report provides a comprehensive analysis of R&I initiatives in seamless testing, adoption and integration of network and traffic management systems across Europe.
    • The 2020 Research and innovation in transport electrification Report: This report provides a comprehensive analysis of R&I in transport electrification, having a major role to play in decarbonising transport (including urban) and in reducing its fossil fuel dependency.
    • The 2020 Indicators for monitoring the Strategic Transport Research and Innovation AgendaReport: This report presents the methodological approach and a first list of indicators that TRIMIS proposes to measure progress in European Union transport research and innovation, including many relevant to the urban context.

    For more information on the projects and analyses related to urban mobility within TRIMIS, explore the website and search for ‘urban mobility’.

    Photo credits: TRIMIS printscreen

  5. Guidelines for Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (2nd edition)

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    Source: Eltis

    The Guidelines for developing and implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (also known as the SUMP Guidelines) were originally published in 2013.

    Since then, many cities in Europe and around the world have developed SUMPs. However, since 2013, there have been significant changes in urban mobility which have created new challenges for practitioners to address. Technological advances and the willingness of the general public to enthusiastically adopt new transport modes – moving from the traditional private car ownership model to new types of shared (e)mobility – have provided a rapidly changing backdrop for urban mobility practitioners and stakeholders to manage.

    The second edition of the SUMP Guidelines has taken on board the dynamic and rapidly evolving urban mobility challenges following extensive stakeholder consultation and contributions from experts. In addition, the authors have produced a number of new thematic guides and practitioner briefings to further aid in the development and implementation of SUMPs.

    The Guidelines for developing and implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (2nd Edition) can be downloaded here, along with all accompanying thematic guides.

    Eltis has also produced a series of video clips, introducing the revisions, hearing from thematic guide authors and helping viewers to understand who can use the revised guidelines and also explain the 8 key SUMP principles.

     

  6. Madrid’s low emission zone = one of the most effective in the EU

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    Source: Eltis

    A recent report from Transport & Environment, the European federation of transport and environmental associations, examined the various low emission zones that have been implemented across the EU in the last few years. It found that Madrid Central, the low emission zone in the Spanish Capital, was one of the most effective in reducing nitrogen dioxide, as it delivered a 32% reduction in emission levels.

    Madrid Central covers an area of 4.7 square kilometres and restricts access to only those cars that have been identified as being zero-emission, with some exemptions, including for cars of residents.

    Even though the data from Madrid Central come from only one measurement station, the report stresses the importance of low emission zones in reducing premature deaths caused by toxic air. The report also noted the popularity of the measures amongst European cities, with more than 250 cities already taking similar measures. The broad uptake of low emission zones to fight air pollution is also generally supported by residents, with around two-thirds of those interviewed stating their support for the measure.

    The report also highlights potential areas for improvement to low emission zones. Amongst these is a missing legal definition of what a low emission zone is, as there is a large variety of zones in place, some of which only prohibit access to the oldest vehicles, as in some German cities, while others prohibit a lot more vehicles and have a larger impact, as in the case of Madrid Central.

    Low emission zones are identified as a key element in fighting air pollution by Transport & Environment. Their report calls for a transition from low emission zones to zero emission zones as the next step.

    Read the full Transport & Environment report here.

    Information on all European Low Emission Zones, Congestion Charging & Urban Traffic Restrictions can be found here.

    Photo Credit: © Image by falco from Pixabay

    Article published first at https://elpais.com/ on 12th of September 2019.

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