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  March 2016  

Welcome to the Eltis Mobility Update!

In just a few weeks hundreds of delegates from academia, city authorities, consultancies, the European Commission, European Union member state governments and transport authorities will gather in Bremen (Germany) at the 3rd European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans to discuss and exchange on sustainable urban mobility planning, and how SUMPs can help plan efficient cities.

This month’s feature article previews the conference, describing what you can expect at the most important event related to sustainable urban mobility planning in Europe.


Our featured case studies this month include how the Swedish town of Halmstad gave drivers an opportunity for drivers to test e-bikes, and how an EU project helped convince the Croatian Post to use e-bikes instead of conventionally fuelled vehicles for their deliveries.


We also have news on recently released SUMP manuals, the Commission's new online database related to information on alternative fuels - and a reminder that the 2016 CIVITAS Forum has announced a call for speakers.


Happy reading!


The Eltis Team


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2016 SUMP Conference preview: planning an efficient city

Innovative actions in sustainable urban development

Every month we briefly present a different stream of EU funding that can help your towns and cities introduce sustainable urban mobility solutions.


This month we look at Innovative actions in sustainable urban development.

This new programme will test new approaches, through pilot projects, to the challenges faced by cities. Projects will be selected through calls for proposals; the first call is to be published at the beginning of 2016.


Commission launches alternative-fuel 'observatory'

The European Alternative Fuels Observatory  will assist EU member states to implement Directive 2014/94/EU on the deployment of recharging and refuelling stations.

SUMP manuals now available on Eltis

Four manuals to support mobility practitioners in improving local transport planning processes and preparing quality SUMPs are now available to download.

CIVITAS Forum 2016 call for speakers

The event will gather hundreds of CIVITAS stakeholders from around Europe, all of whom are devoted to the development of sustainable urban mobility in their cities.

SUMP Award finalists announced

The finalist cities were recognised as having performed excellently in promoting multimodality, in line with the campaign's 2014 theme ‘Choose. Change. Combine.'

Nottingham to help citizens cut carbon emissions

Nottingham is a partner in the REMOURBAN project, which is showing how sustainability can be integrated into the regeneration of towns and cities

Székesfehérvár hosts Setúbal to discuss SUMPs

The BUMP project matched Székesfehérvár and Setúbal as the cities had similar demographics and urban mobility problems.

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