Mobility and transport remain a real challenge for sustainable urban development. In other areas we see increasing success in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, whereas the field of mobility and transport shows stagnation or even increasing figures in this respect. Current urban mobility patterns are also having considerable negative impacts on air quality, noise pollution, safety and the use of public space.
Making inroads on the debate
Sustainable urban mobility plans and transport strategies therefore aim to reduce mobility demand, shifting to environmentally friendly modes of transport such as walking, cycling and car sharing, increasing the share of public transport and clean vehicles, and the use of state of the art technology for the remaining individual motorised transport.
Implementing such strategies requires long-term planning, continuous implementation and consistency in policies, regulations and communication. An integrated approach is essential, bearing in mind the effect that traffic and transport infrastructure have on the natural environment, health, social equality and economic development.
ICLEI supports local governments in the development and implementation of sustainable urban mobility plans and transport strategies in various ways including:
- Information exchange - Eltis
- Sustainable Urban Mobility - CIVITAS Initiative
- Sustainable mobility campaigns - European Mobility Week
- Procuring clean vehicles for public fleets - Clean Fleets
- Alternative fuels - Biofuel Cities European Partnership
- Mobility audits - BYPAD
- Finding hidden costs - SIPTRAM
- Procurement of clean vehicles and technology - SMART SPP
- CO2 reduction strategies for transport in the North Sea region - CARE-North plus
- Reducing the dependency on private motorised vehicles - EcoMobility Alliance
- Implementing SUMPS in poly-centric regions - Poly-SUMP
- Implementing innovative and green urban transport solutions - SOLUTIONS
- Developing e-mobility potential within European municipalities - E-Mobility Works
- European support network for sustainable urban mobility - ENDURANCE
Expanding the network
Many of ICLEI's European Members are leaders in this field and the European Secretariat works closely with them to transfer this knowledge to as many as possible.
Aalborg (Denmark), Bologna (Italy), Zagreb (Croatia) and Ljubljana (Slovenia) are all progressing within the CIVITAS Initiative, while a number of others have been partners in mobility-related projects.
End station: Sustainability
There is still a long way to go before we reach our ultimate destination of sustainable mobility in our cities and towns, but much work is being done to get us there. To see how we are progressing, subscribe to a range of eNewsletters.
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