Issue #52
April 2012

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Dear members,

We are pleased to update you on two Polis Working Group meetings in this InfoPolis: on the upcoming meeting on financing urban transport projects in May and on the outcomes of last week's Mobility & Traffic Efficiency meeting in London where a tool to aid decision making on ITS investments was presented for the first time.

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ITS investment decision support tool presented for the first time

A tool to aid decision making on ITS investments has been developed and was presented for the first time at the Polis Traffic Efficiency & Mobility Working Group meeting in London on 12-13 April. Under the coordination of Polis the research group developed a decision support tool for pollution reduction.

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Members in action

Security Surge for Brussels' Public Transport

An additional four hundred police officers will be deployed in the Brussels public transport system to tackle the growing insecurity. This increase of security efforts follows an incident leaving a deadly victim.

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European projects

Integra portal to foster transnational travel across the Atlantic area beyond the START project

The Integra concept was developed in the START project to connect people and places across the Atlantic area. While the project is coming to an end the Integra concept and brand will live on through the Integra Association. Merseytravel and Burgos are among the cities that signed a letter of intent.

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The SHAPES project on benefits and risk of urban cycling receives award in Belgium

The SHAPES project (Systematic analysis of Health risks and physical Activity associated with cycling policies) evaluates the benefits and risks involved in cycling in the city. This study was conducted at the interface of 3 domains: health, transport and environment.

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Your opinions and experiences sought on ICT for transport FOTs and pilots

The FP7 project FOT-Net is keen to gather your views and experiences of field operational tests and pilot projects in the area of ICT for transport.

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SUMP workshop in Bari: Planning “with” people

Ever since Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans were introduced in Italy 10 years ago, only few local authorities have adopted their own plan. To fill this gap, a workshop was organised in Bari on April 13 to foster the take up of SUMPs in the Southern Regions of Europe and Malta.

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MOLECULES Interest Group kick-off meeting on June 26 in Paris

The workshop will gather stakeholders of the private and public sector in the field of ICT for electro-mobility who will actively contribute to check the transferability of MOLECULES results.

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News from the institutions

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Funding opportunities and partner search

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Around Europe and beyond

EBSF final event on 15 October 2012 in Brussels

The European Bus System of the Future project will present its findings, prototypes and recommendations in its final event, to take place in Brussels on 15 October.

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"Car Culture is our main challenge and creating a Green Culture is our next one"

In March Bologna won the 2011 European Mobility Week Award, which was presented in Brussels by Commissioner Kallas to the city’s Mobility Councillor Mr. Andrea Colombo. Interview with Andrea Colombo about the city’s challenges, creating a green culture and top priority for pedestrians.

What are the top priorities in Bologna when it comes to sustainable mobility?

Andrea Colombo: Our chief problems are traffic congestion, pollution and road accidents. Three priorities to support and promote sustainable mobility solutions are:

  • Raising citizens' awareness about the necessity to change their means of transport and opt for more efficient and less pollutant ones, such as cycling and walking.
  • Similarly, Bologna’s Municipality and transport providers need to strive to offer sustainable mobility services that are as useful and attractive as possible.
  • To make this change possible, cities also have to involve citizens and stakeholders as much as possible in planning, designing and implementing any new mobility services.

What are the challenges in implementing those priorities?

Car Culture is our main challenge and creating a “Green Culture” is our next one. Over the years a negative habit regarding transport and mobility has been established in Italy and even Bologna: Car and private means of transport in general, are seen by many people as the first and often the only choice for getting from A to B.

What is your own personal pet cause, what are you championing at the moment?

As the new Mobility Councillor in the city of Bologna, together with colleagues and technicians from the City Hall, I am strongly committed to improving city life by creating a new way to move around the city: smarter and safer whilst using less polluting energy sources. Over the last few months several areas in the city centre have been completely pedestrianised and a new pedestrianisation action plan for the historic city centre has been launched. This project aims to revolutionise mobility in the city, giving priority to pedestrian orientated measures.

Currently, we are running a kind of “Participated Project” in Bologna whereby citizens, stakeholders, associations meet together to speak about their ideas for a new city centre and give their contribution for the development of the new project. This is part of Bologna’s ambitious plan entitled “A City Centre Again” to address several problems regarding accessibility and liveability in the city centre. New public space regulations and interventions will be introduced on the basis that pedestrians should enjoy top priority and need to be welcomed back to the city centre. The plan is currently in the consultation stage.

Who do you look up to? Who inspires you in the area of sustainable development?

I confess I am inspired by Mr. Guido Fanti, a Mayor of Bologna during the late sixties, who died just few weeks ago. In collaboration with the City Hall, he established the first pedestrianisation measure in the city in 1968. By doing this he proved to be extremely courageous and forward thinking in promoting sustainable mobility at a time when cultural resistances and barriers were very strong.

This interview has been extracted by courtesy of CIVITAS MIMOSA. The full interview is available here.

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