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Thematic Workshop on "Fostering Citizen-Focused Urban Mobility"

Date: 26 November 2019
Location: Brussels, Belgium
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The Policy Learning Platform organises a thematic workshop on 'Fostering citizen-focused urban mobility' on 26 November 2019.

During this one-day workshop our Low-carbon economy thematic experts, Katharina Krell and Simon Hunkin, will exchange experience and knowledge on how to foster citizen-focused urban mobility.

European cities face challenges in reducing the carbon-intensity of their transport systems as urban populations rise, whilst also ensuring that all citizens have access to mobility options, and that transport does not have an adverse effect on health and safety.

In most European cities, the car is king, and has been a top consideration in urban planning. Vehicle ownership rates dropping, but urban populations rising, it is clear that city priorities need to change to be more equitable, and that the adverse effects of motor vehicles (CO2 emissions, pollutants, injuries/accidents) need to be challenged.

As a result of both economic and social pressures, people are increasingly less likely to view ownership of a private motor vehicle as being a necessity. Cities therefore need to make more space for public transportation, cycling and walking, new sharing economy business models, and ICT tools.

There are a number of particular challenges to be tackled:

  • Transportation represents around a quarter of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Europe. Within this, urban mobility is responsible for 40% of CO2 emissions;

  • 70% of all other pollutants in the air are derived from road transport, with significant health impacts, contributing to a large and dangerous reduction in air quality in cities;

  • With city populations increasing, there is also a need to tackle congestion which is not only irritating for inhabitants and damaging for the environment, but also has significant economic impacts from reduced productivity and economic activity;

  • Major cities continue to grow, whilst provincial cities see population and economic decline, with aging populations and shrinking workforces.

Join us at this Policy Learning Platform Workshop to meet other Interreg project partners, Managing Authorities and Priority networks and exchange experience and knowledge on how to foster citizen-focused urban mobility.

On the same day, we will organise as well an Environment and Resource efficiency workshop on the topic urban ecosystems. Participants from both workshops will get the chance to meet and attend a joint session on 'Reviving city centers'.

What should you expect:

  • Hear about the latest developments regarding the European policy framework for mobility

  • Exchange experience and knowledge in improving urban transport performance

  • Understand what legal aspects need to be taken into account

  • Meet the Policy Learning Platform experts and network with peers

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