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 LOWCAP

Flemish Car Free Day 2014 - bigger than ever!

August 26, 2014

Taxistop’s Car Free Day is becoming bigger and bigger each year. To date, 160 employers in Flanders have registered and engaged themselves to organise a special activity on the 18th of September. With still one month to go, the total number of participants of last year (which was 150 employers) has already been exceeded. All together, the participating organisations employ over 126,500 people.

These registered employers are very diverse. They are large private companies and small businesses. They are state institutions that employ over 10,000 people, local governments and little non-profit organisations. The actions they organise are sometimes small, like a breakfast or a little reward for sustainable commuters but a number of employers have also done a lot of effort to find an original approach. Some employers promise to offer an amount to charity per saved kilometre by car. Others will plant a tree for each employee that comes to work by bike.

The 2014 Car Free Day promises to be a spectacular one, not only with respect to the number of participating employers and employees: for the first time, a major Flemish radio station will support this day by organising a “Train-Tram-Busk-event”. The radio station will encourage Flemish people to take public transport to work that day. They will organise performances of local artists on trains and bus platforms, and of course, every commuter can do a little performance himself/herself!

High voltage on the road - testdrive of new full electric EURABUS in Bremen

July 22, 2014

Today, the Bremen transport operator, the Bremer Straßenbahn AG (BSAG), presented a new, full battery electric 12 metre bus for a test drive. The bus will operate for three months on an existing bus line, through which the BSAG will learn about the advantages and disadvantages the particular model exhibits.

CARE-North + Thematic Papers Published

The first thematically based reference papers have been published by the CARE-North plus project consortium. The thematic papers on Electric Mobility and Low Carbon Transport, Cycling and Policy Recommendations target policy and decision makers of urban areas and seek to inspire with easy-to-digest facts on how to implement carbon responsible transport strategies in cities and surrounding regions. Case studies from the CARE-North plus project partners highlight how each county in the North Sea Region is implementing actions in the various thematic areas. Policy recommendations put an objective light on decision making various aspects of sustainable transport.

The PDF version of the following papers

  • “Electric and Low Carbon Mobility”
  • “Building a cycling culture in your city” and
  • “Policy Recommendations”

can be downloaded below (see attachments).

The next publications to come include the subjects of Shared Mobility and the effects that rising fuel prices can have on urban mobility of the future.

Meet-Up Sharing Economy Belgium – Netherlands

July 18, 2014

It is always important to look at what's happening across the border. That's the reason why Taxistop is involved in CARE-North plus and also why Taxistop took the initiative to organise a meet-up between Dutch and Belgian sharing economy initiatives. The Dutch embassy in Brussels was enthusiastic about this idea and hosted the event on July 2nd, 2014.

Taxistop invited ShareNL, a platform for the Dutch Sharing Economy, to co-organise the event. Together they created an inspirational program, which included sharing ideas and information about:

  • The current status of the state-of-the-art Belgian Sharing economy, presented by Taxistop, which focused on a classification of Shared Mobility and the impact including outcomes of the CARE-North+ project
  • The current status of the Dutch Sharing economy, presented by ShareNl
  • Amsterdam Sharing City: How Amsterdam is becoming a sharing city, a partnership between the city, big companies, operators in the Sharing Economy and last but not least, the citizens.
  • Achmea: The relationship between an insurance company and sharing (peer-to-peer car-sharing)
  • Peerby-Wijdelen: An example of a Belgian-Dutch partnership in the sharing economy
  • 8 pitches of sharing initiatives: Autopia presented their decentralised peer-to-peer car-sharing initiatives and experiences with local governments who share their fleet with citizens on the weekends. The neighborhood children's bike service 'Op Wielekes' was another pitch as an example of shared mobility.

Sixty participants, 50% of whom were Dutch, attended the meet-up and stayed a long time after the conference to exchange thoughts about the sharing economy and the hope for a semi-final of the North Sea countries at the Football World Cup.

Testing Electric Bikes – a good alternative to cars.

June 5, 2014

In cooperation with the “Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature”, the employees of the CARE-North plus partner, Hordaland County, Norway, now have the opportunity to test electric bicycles free of charge for one week.

The Mayor of Hordaland County, Tom-Christer Nilsen, is an enthusiastic e-bike user who rides his e-bike to and from work on a daily basis. Nilsen no longer has a parking spot for his car in the County`s garage and he saves about 200 Euro per month by using his e-bike instead of travelling by car. At another event held exclusively on May 13th, 2014, nearly 60 people participated the “Test an e-bike” event in Hordaland County. Those who used the opportunity to take a ride on an e- bike came back with a big smile on their face! As a result of this test project, there are now several employees who use an e-bike for their daily commute.

Photo (from left to right): Leader of «The Norwegian Conservation of Nature», Nils Tore Skogland; Mayor of Hordaland County, Tom-Christer Nilsen; and Gunhild Raddum, Hordaland County. Photo taken by Jørgen Hovind.

Bremen in UN-HABITAT expert group on sustainable mobility

April 28, 2014

The City of Bremen, represented by Michael Glotz-Richter, was selected as a member of the Global Expert Group of the EU SOLUTIONS project and UN Habitat “Fostering Sustainable Urban Mobility Solutions”. With the support of the European Commission, the experts met in Barcelona for an intense 3-day workshop (April 22-24, 2014).

The Global Expert Group consists of experts from Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe, the Wuppertal Institute and UN HABITAT. Bremen serves as an example of how to successfully promote non-motorised modes, attractive public transport and how to integrate Car-Sharing into urban development.

Funded by the European Commission, an in-depth exchange on sustainable mobility was established between the Brazilian City of Belo Horizonte and the German City of Bremen.

It was agreed that the Final Conference of CARE-North plus in Spring 2015 can be linked to activities of SOLUTIONS and UN-HABITAT – which will also allow us to even better feed in the result of CARE-North plus into the process of global climate protection activities.

You can learn more about the SOLUTIONS project here

The North Sea Commission Celebrates its 25th Anniversary - CARE-North+ Gives Input on Green Transport

March 24, 2014

This year, the North Sea Commission is celebrating its 25th anniversary. A conference in the Danish city of Aalborg on March 13th, 2014 brought together stakeholders from the public and private sectors, academia and NGOs to discuss the challenges and solutions of shared problems in the North Sea Region. One of the areas was “Green Transport”, which featured a key presentation of the CARE-North+ project.

The chair of the transport group, Cllr. Preben Friis-Hauge from the South Denmark region opened the conference and Jon Halvard Eide from Norway presented the Transport Group of the North Sea Commission. Coincidently, the North Sea Conference coincided almost exactly another 25 year anniversary: with the birth of the World Wide Web. This and other developments of the information and communication sector have revolutionised the way we work and live. More impacts on transport and mobility can be expected and CARE-North+ will elaborate on this further during the duration of the project.

There is a great deal of interest in the outcome of upcoming events of the CARE-North project, for instance for the planned scenarios about the effects of rising fuel prices on the resilience of cities and regions and in the envisaged workshop about the impacts of automated transport.

The presentation „Lessons for mobility of the future in the North Sea Area” by Michael Glotz-Richter can be downloaded below.

For more information about the North Sea Commission’s Conference, click here.

CARE-North+ Input at SINTROPHER Final Conference

March 21, 2014

“Supporting Growth through Regional Connectivity – How can better transport links promote economic development at the regional level?” was the title of the final conference of North-West Europe Interreg project SINTROPHER (Sustainable Transport for North-West Europe's Periphery). The conference took place on February 27, 2014 in Brussels and involved a number of European stakeholders.

Bremen, represented by Michael Glotz-Richter, was invited to close the conference and to provide an outlook to the year 2040 together with Sir Peter Hall. In his presentation, Michael showed the potential of development until 2040 by looking back 26 years – exactly the time span that is left until 2040. 26 years ago, in 1988, a revolutionary development took place in the sector of information and communication technology, which will continue and likely also change much in future of transportation…

Michael's presentation can be downloaded below.

You can learn more about the SINTROPHER project here.

Malmö Express launched - 24 meter long gas and electric hybrid bus arrives in Malmö!

March 20, 2014

With the introduction of the Malmö Express, the city of Malmö takes another step towards sustainability. On the 14th of March, the first Malmö Express bus arrived by boat in the city. The Malmö Express is a 24 meter long gas- and electric hybrid bus and is twice the size of a normal city bus in Malmö. The Malmö Express is expected to strengthen the current bus fleet in Malmö on heavily travelled public transport routes. The travel time is also expected to be shortened due to new, improved bus stops, dedicated bus lanes and the possibility to board the bus through all entrances. A total of 15 buses will be delivered in the coming weeks and operation will begin in June 2014.

For information in Swedish, click here!

 

High-Profil Environmental Networks Send Message Regarding Climate and Energy Objectives to the European Council

March 18, 2014

The CARE-North plus project partner ICLEI was one of several high-profile environmental and governmental networks to sign and support a joint open letter to the European Council. The message issued a request that the European Council send an encouraging signal to citizens, investors, communities and local and regional authorities in order to bolster the European Union’s climate ambitions. Among the other signatories were the Climate Alliance, Energy Cities, Fedarene, Eurocities and CEMR (Council of European Municipalities and Regions).

A focus of the message is the need for ambitious greenhouse gas reduction strategies and goals in the 2030 framework and the potential that lies within cities, town and regions to assist in reaching the EU’s climate and energy objectives as urban areas are responsible for 80% of global energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

The open letter to the European Council is available for download below.

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