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LEPT eBulletin – November 2016

Welcome to the LEPT eBulletin

  • By kate.mouncher

EU FUNDING

Urban Innovation Actions – 2nd Call for Proposals
Urban Innovation Actions (UIA) is an initiative of the European Commission (EC) that provides urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test innovative solutions to the main urban challenges. The EC has selected three topics that will be included in the 2nd call for proposals: sustainable urban mobility, circular economy and the integration of migrants and refuges,

The initiative has a total ERDF budget of €372 million for 2014-2020. UIA offers a funding rate of 80% and will fund projects up to €5million.  

Calls for proposals will open in November, with a deadline to response in March 2017. LEPT will publish a briefing on the key elements of the call once they are announced at the end of the month.

EMEurope 2016
In collaboration with the European Commission and the European Green Vehicles Initiative Association, European Countries and regions set up the Electric Mobility Europe Call (EMEurope Call 2016) to further promote and advance electric mobility in Europe.

Projects in the EMEurope Call shall focus on the application and implementation of e-mobility in urban and suburban areas and are expected to:

  • Increase uptake of e-mobility in urban and suburban areas.
  • Improve connectivity between electric vehicles and existing infrastructure.
  • Increase choice for customers or consumers seeking to reduce the environmental impact of their travel.

EMEurope will support Research and Innovation projects addressing the following five key areas of electric mobility:

  • System integration
  • Integration of urban freight and city logistics in e-mobility
  • Smart Mobility concepts and ICT applications
  • Public Transport
  • Consumer behaviour and societal trends

The initiative has a total budget of €23,000.000. The EMEurope call follows a two-step submission and evaluation procedure; the deadline for the first stage proposal is 06 February 2017.
For further information on eligibility, call topics and submission please consult the programme manual available online.

NEWS

A city for all Londoners
The Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has published a new vision for London: A City for all Londoners. This document outlines the capital’s top challenges and opportunities across priority policy areas (including transport, air quality and the environment) as well as the changes that City Hall wants to deliver over the next four years.  Below are a number of notable points made in regards to transport in London:

  • Healthier Streets: Khan’s new document recognises that it is not just increasing walking and cycling that will have benefits for London, but shifting the trips Londoners are already making to more space efficient, cleaner and healthier means.
  • Cycling: The mayor has committed to delivering the zone one grid of cycle routes; deliver more Quietways; and more Superhighways. Before the election the Mayor committed to triple the extent of protected space for cycling and bring forward a ‘mini-Holland’ for every borough.
  • Air Quality: The Mayor aims to tackle issues of Air Quality in London by proposing plans to introduce a emissions surcharge for high polluting older vehicles in central London (payable on top of the existing Congestion Charge in London). In addition, the Mayor has proposed plans to introduce the central-London Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in 2019 – a year earlier than planned – and potentially enlarging the areas it covers, up to the North and South Circular Roads for all vehicles.
  • Road Safety: The Mayor of London has confirmed that he will be adopting a ‘Vision Zero’ approach to road safety, which puts the elimination of road danger at the centre of the transport system.

ECOMM 2017- Call for Papers
The European Conference on Mobility Management (ECOMM) will take place from 31May – 02 June on Maastricht, the Netherlands. The main theme of ECOMM is ‘Teaming-up for liveable cities’. The call for presentation have been announced, the deadline for responding is Friday 16 December.  Further information on call topics and how to submit your proposal is available on the conference website.

EUROPEAN PROJECTS

VeloCitta
VeloCitta is a European project which includes the London Borough of Southwark and Lambeth as partners. The aim of the project is to improve the use of Bicycle Share Systems, increasing the level of use by implementing campaigns fort specific target groups and by executing operational improvements.

Partners from the VeloCitta bike sharing project are asking politicians to sign a statement of support for bike-sharing schemes. In the Statement, politicians urge the uptake of bike sharing; they emphasise the importance of sharing information and experiences on this topic; to enable this, they encourage the establishment of platforms as well as support from a transnational level they also emphasise the importance of stakeholder involvement.

The signed Statement of Support will be presented to the European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport and to members of the European Parliament Transport Committee.

UPCOMING EVENTS

30 November 2016, Rotterdam, Netherland, VeloCitta: European Bike Sharing Conference.
The European VeloCittà project invites you to join our European Bike Sharing Conference: Bike sharing: 'Recipes for Success'.  The conference takes place in Rotterdam on Wednesday 30 November and is followed by the annual Polis Conference on 1-2 December.

1-2 December 2016, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Polis Annual Conference
Registration is now open for the Polis Annual Conference. The theme of the conference is ‘Transport innovation for sustainable cities and regions’. More information and details of events are available on the Polis website.

24 January 2017, London, UK, Safer Cities: Safer Futures Conference
The London Road Safety Council is hosting a conference to look at the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for road safety professions working in the cities across the UK. Registration for the event is now open; the primary target audience is for road safety and active travel professionals.

20-21 March 2017, Vienna, Austria, European Cycle Logistics Conference
The next European Cycle Logistics Conference will showcase best practice in cycle logistics, highlight support needed and define the strategy required to implement successful cycle logistics solutions and initiatives. Registration for the conference will open on 01 December 2016.

22-23 March 2017, Brussels, Belgium, 5th EU Electromobility Stakeholder Forum
The ZeEUS and FREVUE teams will be hosting the 5th EU Electromobility Stakeholder Forum in March 2017. The event will bring together high level representatives from industry, research organisation, policy makers and experts to discuss the future of electromobility.

31 May-02 June 2017, Maastricht, Netherlands, European Conference on Mobility Management (ECOMM) 2017
The next ECOMM will take place in Maastricht from 31 May – 2 June 2017. The conference theme in 2017 is: ‘public-private partnership in the field of smart mobility. Calls for presentation will open at the start of November.

13-16 June 2017, Arnhem-Nijmegen, Netherlands, Velo-City 2017
Registration for Velo-City 2017 will open on 12 December 2016. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘The Freedom of Cycling’.