Welcome to the Eltis Mobility Update!
This month is the last issue of the Eltis Mobility Update written by the current Eltis Consortium. Eltis will continue - and is to be taken over by another consortium from September. After nearly 7 years of co-ordination it is time to say goodbye to our readers and users.
Our résumé is quite impressive - Within the last 3 years we fully revamped the layout and structure of the Eltis portal; We have provided you with more than 2,350 news items (an average of 63 news items per month); More than 700 new case studies; More than 420 free printing quality photos; 110 video clips on good practise implementations (60 of them self-produced ones); We also created the Friends of Eltis section, which now has more than 2,700 Friends registered from 57 countries; We opened new sections including Legislation and Statistics; and improved the Funding opportunities, Training materials and the Tools for practitioners sections; and distributed the monthly Eltis Mobility Update in six languages to almost 20,000 subscribers.
The sub-site of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) was also developed. SUMP guidelines have been developed and are now used as core guidance document for the development of SUMP's across Europe. To introduce the topic of SUMP more broadly across Europe more than 40 technical trainings and awareness raising events have been organised and carried in various countries.
This is only a short summary on what Eltis has been provided within the last years.
We wish our followers all the best and a big thank you for supporting Eltis over the past years.
Robert Pressl on behalf of the Eltis Team 2006 - 2013
New cycling and walking routes lead to a reduction of over one million car trips (UK)
84 routes were developed to encourage motorists to switch to cycling and walking for short journeys (those less than five miles) as part of a five-year project to extend the National Cycle Network into communities around the UK. In the communities where these routes have been built, the number of people cycling and walking increased by up to 73%.
RegioTram Kassel raised passenger count by 33% in 5 years (Germany)
In 2008, the first fully operational year, RegioTram (RT) had 3.1 million passengers which increased to 4.1 million passengers after 5 years. This growth of 33% is 11% above the forecasts that were made for system's cost-benefit-analysis in 2003.
Graz is increasing parking tariffs to cross-fund sustainable means of transport (Austria)
While the allowed time period of paid parking will remain unchanged (Monday to Friday 9 am to 8 pm and Saturday 9 am – 1 pm), the costs for parking a car will be increased from 60 cents per 30 minutes to 90 cents per 30 minutes in Blue Zones and from 40 cents to 60 cents in Green Zones (maximum duration for parking is 3 hours). The additional money that is gained will be earmarked and used to improve level of services for PT, as well as to be invested into the improvement of sustainable modes of transport.
Staring eyes’ poster cuts cycle thefts by 62%
Research by Newcastle University (UK) has found that bicycle thefts have dropped by more than half after posters showing ‘staring eyes’ were placed above the bike racks.
Travel mentoring service for disabled Londoners launches in Sutton (UK)
Monthly sessions to allow mobility-impaired people to experience independent travel on a London bus in a safe and controlled environment are planned in Sutton, UK. These are open to disabled individuals, disability groups and school groups of disabled students. Passengers will be able to get on and off the bus on certain routes and will be accompanied by TfL travel mentors and Metropolitan Police Safer Transport Teams.
First electric motorbike sharing scheme in Barcelona (Spain)
Motit is one of the services which will be tested by the MOLECULES project in Barcelona. After a month long trial phase, the service is expected to be open to all citizens and tourists during summer with 50 electric motorbikes. The number of motorbikes will increase up to 500 motorbikes in 2014. More than 500 users have pre-registered for the service already.
Sustainable Mobility Campaign for children and teachers – Fagaras, Romania
The City of Făgăra has been a member of the Covenant of Mayors since 2011, with a target of reducing CO2 emissions by 22% by 2020. The "I walk to school" 2012-2013 Campaign, implemented as an initiative of the City’s Energy Department, was developed as an extension of a project that was undertaken during European Mobility Week, under the slogan "Moving in the right direction!".
Introducing EcoMobility SHIFT Assessment and Audit Scheme - Measuring performance in sustainable urban mobility.
Six European municipalities assessed their performance in urban mobility using the EcoMobility SHIFT Assessment and Audit Scheme. The scheme emphasises that sustainable urban mobility requires a shift from personal motorised vehicles to environmentally friendly, socially appealing, and economically viable transport options.
Across Europe, city officials face the challenge of making the transport system in their city more sustainable. They need to know how they are currently performing, and the possible direction for improvement in the future. Some cities do assess their performance, but typically base this largely on a few macro factors such as modal split, safety and environmental gains. This is not enough information to understand which areas and policies could be changed to make the transport system more sustainable, and to decide on directions for improvement.
The EcoMobility SHIFT scheme addresses this by providing a method of detailed assessment of sustainable urban mobility. City officials and other stakeholders discuss and score their state of affairs using 20 indicators covering internal working processes (Enablers), measures (Transport Systems & Services) and the effects thereof on the urban transport system (Results & Impacts). The weighing of the individual indicator scores is such that the overall score reflects the municipal performance according to its sphere of influence and the degree of effectiveness of actions. The self-assessment can be complemented by an audit and certification scheme that can further allow city officials to analyse their own work by comparing with other cities.
The EcoMobility SHIFT indicators at a glance
Six municipalities piloted the scheme across Europe. Under the guidance of an advisor, working groups in Burgas (BG), Miskolc (HU), Lund (SE), Dundee (UK), Turnhout (BE) and Oss (NL) assessed the processes, measures and results using the qualitative and quantitative indicators formulated by the SHIFT scheme. They scored the indicators (on a scale of 1 to 5) based on the existing situation in the municipality. In discussing the valuation of the indicators, the working groups were in a position to identify the areas for improvement. The analysis and report on the assessment allowed them to formulate an action plan that would both strengthen their future mobility plans and also provide higher levels of sustainable mobility.
Following the assessment, an external auditor verified the evidence provided for obtaining the score. Since there exist some external factors beyond the control of the municipality, a number of city profile factors (such as climate, control of public transport, wealth, etc.) were analysed and used to apply weighing factors to the result to allow a fair comparison across European cities. Finally, the results were approved and each municipality received a final audited result.
In the pilot cities, the entire exercise took 12-18 weeks. Cities, along with the advisor, invested between 85 and 140 hours. The external auditors took between 40 and 50 hours to complete an audit.
The process allows an agreed understanding of what it takes to realise sustainable mobility. The municipalities indicated that by applying the SHIFT scheme, they got a better understanding of their policies, measures and effects thereof. On top of this, the resulting EcoMobility score shows that the city is serious on sustainable mobility and it allows for comparing with other cities.
Overall, EcoMobility SHIFT is a practical tool to take a snapshot of performance and actual situation on the ground. It can therefore be applied as step 3 of the SUMP process, strengthening the outcome of it.
Further information on the EcoMobility SHIFT scheme can be obtained by visiting http://www.ecomobility-shift.org.
If your city intends to implement the SHIFT scheme, you can download the SHIFT manual from here.
Should you have more queries please get in touch with Mr. Santhosh Kodukula, EcoMobility Coordinator, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eltis user of the month
is Mari Jüssi, senior expert at the Stockholm Environment Institute - Tallin Centre.
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