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Body-heat sensor gives cyclists the green light in Rotterdam
Cyclists in ICLEI Member Rotterdam (The Netherlands) crossing the Churchillplein junction will have a faster commute thanks to the installation of a thermal sensor that turns traffic lights green for cyclists. The sensor works on the basis of body heat: the greater the number of cyclists present at the red light, the quicker the green is given.
The innovative technology was made operational by Pex Langenberg, Vice Mayor for Port, Sustainability, Mobility and Governance of the City of Rotterdam and Member of ICLEI Europe’s Regional Executive Committee. Mr Langenberg turned on the sensor in front of waiting cyclists and members of the media.
Public reaction has already been positive, with cyclists praising the thermal sensor for lowering waiting times. Previously cyclists had to wait for upwards of two minutes at the busy junction. According to the municipality, the heat sensor is the first of its kind in The Netherlands.
For more information, visit adl.nl [in Dutch].
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ICLEI Members discuss participation challenges in blog posts
A series of recently published blog posts provide an insight into the work of ICLEI Members Hamburg (Germany) and Rome (Italy), as well as the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London (UK), to encourage citizen participation through the use of open data. Published by the EU-funded smarticipate project, the cities provide their take on the challenges they face, as well as steps being taken to overcome them.
Patricia Hernandez, international relations expert with the City of Rome, believes that there is a need to tackle bureaucracy in the Italian capital. “The bureaucracy is so complex and old-fashioned that it just slows down the whole process. The good will is there from politicians, the initiative is there from citizens, but in reality the formalities hinder the whole process,” she said. Ms Hernandez hopes that the smarticipate platform will cut through the layers of bureaucracy that have been holding back citizen engagement.
Dr Nicole Schubbe, Project Manager with the Agency for Geoinformation and Surveying of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, is positive about the future of the project, saying that the smarticipate platform will "provide citizens with a greater insight into city planning processes, and will allow them to put forward their own ideas for consideration."
To view the live case studies, visit the smarticipate website.
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Ljubljana is ICLEI Europe’s Member in the Spotlight
ICLEI Member Ljubljana (Slovenia) is the latest Member in the Spotlight, an ongoing series that highlights the sustainability achievements of ICLEI Member Cities. Ljubljana’s diverse sustainability efforts led to the Slovenian capital being crowned the European Green Capital for 2016.
Ljubljana recently closed its city centre to motorised traffic, creating an extensive Urban Ecological Zone that has been gradually expanded so that today it covers more than 100,000 square metres. Walking distances for pedestrians have been shortened with the installation of new bridges and free electric vehicles have been introduced to transport citizens. As well as mobility, Ljubljana is an exemplar in the field of waste management, with 65 percent of waste in the city separately collected.
To view Ljubljana’s Member in the Spotlight page, click here. If you'd like to share your city's progress in building a more sustainable future, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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