LEPT eBulletin – February 2016

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FUNDING & PROJECTS

GrowSmarter: Transforming Cities for a Smart, Sustainable Europe

The GrowSmarter project was one of three projects to receive support from the European Commission’s ‘Smart Cities and Communities’ Horizon 2020 funding call. GrowSmarter commenced on 1 January 2015 and is designed to shorten the path towards a more sustainable, energy efficient and environmentally smarter Europe.

Stockholm, Cologne and Barcelona will act as ‘lighthouse cities’ within the project, implementing 12 smart city solutions. The 12 Smart City solutions are split into three areas of action: low energy districts, integrated infrastructures and sustainable urban mobility. The solutions will be rolled out in a number of city areas including downtown districts and suburban and industrial areas, whilst ensuring a sample base representative of European cities. Five ‘follower cities’ will work in close partnership with the ‘lighthouse cities’ to learn from their experiences and provide a market for solutions suitable for their specific local context. The idea is to create a business case to initiate market roll out in the follower cities and the rest of Europe.

To find out more information and to sign up for regular e-Updates please visit the project website.

PTP-Cycle and STARS update

LEPT coordinated projects PTP-Cycle and STARS are concluding in March 2016 and in order to celebrate and share our successes we will be holding a Final Conference, in cooperation with sister project MOBI, to present results and share knowledge with European cities on:

  • embedding cycling culture in schools
  • delivering personalised travel advice
  • promoting sustainable mobility among employees through gamification

This event will impart nearly three years of learning and results, key success factors, policy recommendations and all the practical examples and guidance documents that you will need to boost behaviour change programmes in your city.

The conference will take place from 12:00 to 18:30, at the BIP in Rue Royale 2-4, 1000 Brussels, Belgium on Thursday 18 February. Presentations and a summary of the day’s event will be available online shortly after the event has taken place.

NEWS

Mayor’s Air Quality Fund

The Mayor of London has announced the projects across 28 London boroughs which will benefit from a share of £5 million from the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund. Projects include:

  • Installing electric vehicle charging points on lamp posts in Hounslow - hundreds of new easily accessible charge points can be installed across the borough which will make owning an electric vehicle much easier.
  • Green courier service in Waltham Forest – boosting local high streets and cutting the need for cars by providing a same day delivery service using cargo bikes and electric vehicles for local shoppers.
  • A community “No to NO2” project in Haringey supporting school walking zones and cycle maintenance workshops to boost cycling and walking in the borough.

In addition, the Mayor has announced his intention to award £1 million to at least two flagship ‘Low Emission Neighbourhoods’ in the capital. Nine London boroughs have been chosen to work on proposals for transforming a local neighbourhood with a host of measures to improve walking, cycling and air quality.

European Cycling Challenge 2016

Registration is now open for the 2016 European Cycling Challenge 2016. The European Cycling Challenge is the biggest urban cyclist team competition, which takes place every year throughout the month of May. Participants are invited to track their journeys by bike using a GPS-based smartphone app throughout the month of May 2016. In the 2016 edition, GPS data will be provided for free to Polis members. Cities interested in taking part need to register by 29 February 2016. For more information on the European Cycling Challenge, please visit: http://www.cyclingchallenge.eu/

CIVITAS publishes Insight #6

CIVITAS have published Insight #6: ‘Access regulations to facilitate cleaner and better transport’. The latest document published on the CIVITAS website focuses on the theme of access regulation. The paper looks at how to manage and control the amount and type of vehicles in sensitive areas and make road space safer for all potential users.

BEST PRACTICE

Research Paper: How Policies can Encourage Walking and Cycling 

Active Living Research has published a new research paper titled: ‘Moving Towards Active Transportation: How Policies Can Encourage Walking and Bicycling’.  This research review summarises evidence on the health benefits and safety of active travel, and examines policies and programs that can help increase active travel.

UPCOMING EVENTS

18 February 2016, Brussels, Belgium – STARS, PTP-Cycle and MOBI Projects Final conference

Registration is now open for the STARS, PTP-Cycle, and MOBI projects final conference. The event will take place on 18 February in Brussels, Belgium. The conference is a joint initiative of the European co-funded projects STARS, PTP-Cycle and MOBI which will come to an end in 2016.

12-13 April, Bremen, Germany – 3rd European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans

The 3rd European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans will take place in Bremen, Germany from 12-13 April 2016. Find more information and register for this free event on the Eltis website.

14 April 2016, Bremen, Germany – SWITCH Final Conference: Embracing Active Travel for Health

Registration is open for the SWITCH final conference. SWITCH is a European funded project which includes the London Borough of Hounslow as one of its partners. The project aim is to reduce congestion and GHG emissions through promoting the switch from car use to more sustainable modes of transport. The conference will present results and share knowledge with European cities on embracing active travel for health, and developing sound local promotional campaigns to help more people cycle and walk. The SWITCH Final Conference will take place in Bremen, Germany, back to back to the 3rd European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans on 12-13 April 2016.

18-21 April 2016, Warsaw, Poland – European Transport Research Conference – TRA 2016

Registration is now open for the 6th European Transport Research Conference. The event will take place from 18-21 April in Warsaw, Poland. TRA gathers key stakeholders every two years: researchers, experts, operators, industry and policy-makers. The theme of TRA 2016 is ‘MOVING FORWARD Innovative Solutions for Tomorrow’s Mobility’. More information and details of events are available on the conference website.

27-29 April 2016, Bilbao, Spain – 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns

Registration is now open for the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns. The theme of the conference is ‘Transformative Action: the potential for Europe’ and will explore the need for action by local governments in shaping Europe’s future.

18-20 May 2015, Leipzig Germany, International Transport Annual Summit – Green and Inclusive Transport

Registration is now open for the ITF 2016 summit – Green and Inclusive Transport.

01-03 June 2016, Athens, Greece. ECOMM – The European Conference on Mobility Management

Registration is now open for the 20th European Conference on Mobility Management (ECOMM). The theme of the conference is Smart Mobility Solutions for Cities and People.

13-17 June 2016, Brussels, Belgium, and Europe-wide - EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW)

The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is a month-long series of activities across Europe promoting secure, clean and efficient energy. It connects policymakers, stakeholders and citizens to achieve climate and energy goals for the Energy Union. The high point of EUSEW is the annual Policy Conference which will take place from 14 to 16 June. Call for contributions to the Policy Conference is now open; the deadline for submissions is Monday 22 February 2016. Detailed information on the call for contributions and conference topics are available on the EUSEW website.