As an enormous share of the European population crowds into cities, one question is on every administration’s mind: How do we get these people from A to B in a safe, efficient and sustainable way. Happily, innovators from all walks of life are coming up with tonnes of creative solutions; the EUROCITIES mobility forum, which took place from 16-18 October in Toulouse, provided a perfect opportunity for cities to share these with each other. More than 100 representatives from 39 cities were in attendance.
Sharing Cities lighthouse cities London and Lisbon had a lot to contribute: London presented its range of programmes for encouraging sustainable mobility, including better safety and speed for cyclists with new cycle superhighways, and giving people the confidence and information to go by foot with an intuitive wayfinding system (listen to a great podcast on wayfinding in London).
Lisbon’s Pedro Homem De Gouveia, the new chair of the ‘Safe and active travel’ working group outlined the central focusses of the group for the year to come, including safe trips to school, safer crossings (should we say good bye to zebra crossings?) and how best to utilise the space freed up by disappearing cars. You can read Mr Homem De Gouveia’s interview with La Depeche here.
Other members of the Sharing Cities programme, Burgas, Bordeaux and Warsaw all joined in the dialogue and debate around challenges posed by bike share schemes, including how to manage the data and integrate these schemes into the circular economy; how to secure funding for mobility in cities; and the integration of autonomous vehicles into existing road networks.
You can watch a news report about the forum on France3 here.
Bernadett Köteles-Degrendele email@example.com
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement N°691895
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