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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.

By Mojca Balant / Updated: 25 Jul 2017

Slovenia's first SUMP on a small scale: Ljutomer

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A town with 3,300 inhabitants, Ljutomer was the first place in Slovenia to prepare a (pilot) SUMP on a 'small' scale. The municipality of the same name (in which the town is located) has a population of 11,400 people. The success of the implemented measures encouraged Ljutomer to place an emphasis on  sustainable mobility and strive for a role as one of the leading municipalities in the field within both Slovenia and the wider region.

By News Editor / Updated: 07 Aug 2017

The Dutch traffic light system helping cyclists go green

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As a cyclist, travelling through a city centre can become laborious. Constant stopping at red lights kills any momentum built up whilst riding. Yet a new Dutch traffic light system may offer a solution to this.

The "Flo" system has been operating on a route in Utrecht since April. A blue kiosk placed next to bike paths, it uses sensors to ascertain cyclists' speeds from over 120m before the next set of lights. It then gives them pictorial advice on what they need to do to catch the next green light.

By Lucy Sadler / Updated: 29 Jun 2017

Navigating Europe's Urban Vehicle Access Regulations

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Many cities and towns struggle with balancing congestion, ‘liveability’, air and noise pollution, accessibility, and other pressures of urban life. The levels of pollution now prevalent in many cities have an adverse effect upon health. Furthermore, congested, polluted, noisy cities are attractive for neither residents and tourists nor businesses.

By Pau Vilaplana / Updated: 28 Jun 2017

Terrassa City Council sets up parking areas for GPS usage (Spain)

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The use of electronic devices while driving is banned by Spanish traffic regulations. However, some drivers continue to look up routes on their phones or satellite navigation systems whilst travelling, which endangers both other road users and themselves.

To counteract this, Terrassa City Council - located in the Catalonia region of Spain - will soon introduce special parking areas that provide drivers with a place to stop and input their new routes. It is believed to be the first initiative of its kind worldwide.

By News Editor / Updated: 11 May 2017

Is Gent's city centre set to become car-free? (Belgium)

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The local government in Gent is looking to introduce a new mobility plan that would turn the city centre into a car-free zone.

As part of the initiative, the city would be divided into six new districts, including the inner-city. Direct journeys between these new areas would be off-limits for lorry drivers, who would instead be required to use a ring road situated on the outskirts of the city. Money would also be invested in cycle paths and local transport.

By VM / Updated: 02 May 2017

Forum mobility

This FORUM organized by the association "FOR URBAN PASSION" is held on May 11, in BOZAR.

The theme "New Use <> New Move. Land Use & Mobility" will open the page of the city by 2030.

This prospective look will be based on the findings: what is moving in our lives (work, housing, habits of consumption, etc.) and how we have already changed our ways of moving (electric scooter or bike, renting or sharing cars, etc.) Do these changes bode well for the city of tomorrow?

Drinks and lunch are included in the price.

By News Editor / Updated: 11 Apr 2017

Waste 'underused resource in construction of Europe’s roads'

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A new study says that recycled waste material could play a major role in the construction of roads in Europe, bringing both environmental and economic benefits.

The authors propose a scenario where 50 per cent of the asphalt for Europe’s roads consists of recycled materials, leading to significant reductions in costs, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

By News Editor / Updated: 05 Apr 2017

Noise in Europe

Prolonged exposure to road, railway and aircraft traffic noise can cause sleep disturbance and annoyance and lead to serious health effects such as cardiovascular diseases. In the European Union, more than 120 million people suffer from noise levels that are considered to have a negative effect on health.

By News Editor / Updated: 22 Mar 2017

1st European Conference on Connected and Automated Driving

The high-level conference will be held in Brussels on the 3rd and 4th April 2017. Major road transport stakeholders – automotive and telecom industry, users, road operators, public transport operators, regulators, research centres, universities and representatives of both EC and EU Member States – are invited to attend.

By News Editor / Updated: 22 Mar 2017

CIMEC final conference

The final event of the CIMEC project, organised in co-operation with the Representation of the State of Hessen, will focus on sharing the main findings of the project and on next steps.

Conference participants will learn about the views and requirements of cities regarding C-ITS, the current state of the supplier market and where deployment in cities can happen which is beneficial to, and minimises risk, to city authorities.