The Urban Transports Community is deeply concerned about the current emergency and we hope that the recovery plans will be effective and based on sustainability, especially for the transportation sector which is key for returning to normal activities and preventing a further spread of the pandemics. In these troubled times it is crucial to keep exchanging knowledge among experts, practitioners and decision makers as much as possible, and for this we share with you some articles, analysis and webinars.

Webinars
  • Mobility, energy and climate change // Covenant of Mayors for Climate Change, 18 May, 11:00 – 12:30

Most people would agree that mobility, energy and climate change are strictly connected. But very often the policies and actions targeting these issues are managed and implemented by different departments of the city administration without any coordination. The past Horizon 2020 project SIMPLA developed a methodology for the harmonization of SUMPs and SECAPs entailing strong political commitment, interdisciplinary teams, sharing of data and stakeholders involvement. This methodology and how it has been implemented by the cities of Pavia (italy) and Monzon (Spain) is going to be presented by the Covenant of Mayors Webinar: Reducing emissions from transport - Harmonisation of energy and sustainable urban mobility planning planned on May 18th, 11:00 – 12:30.

If you wish to learn more please visit here.

  • COVID-19 and climate change: Α tale of two crises // By Circle the Med Forum May 11th 2020 (15:00 Brussels time)

Mr George Kremlis, as President of the Organizing Committee of the Circle the Med Forum and the International “Circular Clima Institute” of the European Public Law Organization (EPLO) will host the Director General of DG ENV of the European Commission Mr. Daniel Calleja-Crespo in order to discuss the theme: “COVID-19 and climate change: Α tale of two crises”.

Register here

News
  • COVID-19: Keeping Things Moving // by POLIS Network

As the Covid-19 pandemic unfolds, local authorities are stepping forward into the frontlines. This crisis is being tackled in our hospitals, but also in our streets and plazas, on our buses, trains and subways. At Polis we want to help cities and regions navigate these difficult times. In this section of our website, we will collect examples of how local authorities are keeping things moving despite the Covid-19 crisis. We are showcasing both cities' and regions' responses during confinement measures and plans for after confinement measures have been lifted. For an overview of useful resources, such as reports, tools and analyses, head to our page 'Useful resources on Covid-19 and mobility'. 

  • Rapid Response: Tools for Cities // by National Association of City Transportation Officials

Cities and transit agencies are taking action now to address the most critical impacts of the coronavirus and ensure that essential services operate in their communities. To help city and agency staff plan responses to the pandemic, NACTO is regularly updating a summary of rapidly-deployed responses.

More info here.

  • The City of Barcelona transforms its urban mobility to adapt to the progressive exit from lockdown // by eSMARTCITY

The Barcelona city council has published an action plan to adapt its mobility strategy to the new context where social distancing and health security are the main goals. The focus is put on favouring cycling and walking when possible, and to guarantee secure commuting with public transport.

More info here.

  • Italian cities announce plans to maintain reduced car use after lock-down // by Eltis

Italian cities are looking to capitalise on the reduced car use resulting from the Covid-19 outbreak by taking action to improve mobility and ensure public safety. The north of Italy is one of Europe’s most polluted areas and has also been notably hard hit by the Covid-19 outbreak. Due to the nationwide lockdown, car travel has dropped by 30-75%, which has also resulted in a large drop in air pollution. Now, as cities consider easing their lockdown measures, officials are seeking to prevent a significant increase in private motorised traffic and air pollution. In this context, there is a recognition that public transport could struggle as requirements to maintain social distancing need to be followed and people are likely to be wary of sharing enclosed spaces.

More info here.

Opportunity 
  • European Climate Pact - stakeholder engagement open // by the European Commission 04 March 2020 - 27 May 2020  (midnight Brussels time)

The European Commission’s European Green Deal is the new growth strategy for an EU economy that is sustainable, cleaner, safer and healthier. The engagement of the public is critical to instil a new climate culture, awareness and motivation for climate action, bringing together citizens, industry, civil society and authorities at all levels. To achieve this, the Commission will consult the public and interested stakeholders in order to launch a “Climate Pact” in the 3rd quarter of 2020.

More info here.