Conference on Urban Mobility
Within the framework of this year's European Union Sustainable Energy Week, the European Commission will organise a Conference on Urban Mobility which will take place at the European Commission's Charlemagne building in Brussels on Wednesday 24 March from 15:00 to 18:15.
It is foreseen that this conference will consist of high-level interventions from representatives of the European Commission, the Spanish Presidency, the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions, followed by a lively panel discussion between stakeholder representatives and the audience on the subjects of integrated transport, perspectives for public transport, and freight delivery in cities within the context of the Action Plan on Urban Mobility.
Theme 1 – An integrated urban transport system
This session will look at the means to achieve a better integrated, i.e. more efficient and user-friendly urban transport system. It will look at how transport and land use planning, the effective integration between the modes, the establishment of safe walking and cycle networks and intelligent traveller services can contribute. Questions related to the organisation and governance of such a system will also be addressed.
Theme 2 – The perspectives for public transport
Speakers will focus on the role of public transport for effective and sustainable urban transport systems. This session will explore the potential for improving the quality of service of public transport systems in Europe and for achieving a shift towards a more sustainable modal balance in urban mobility. Current and expected future trends in
the field of urban transport will be explored, as well as the connection of public transport to other modes of transport and new mobility strategies. What are the
challenges, what are the promises for future public transport systems?
Theme 3 – Freight: the last mile delivery challenge
Freight delivery in cities is a significant component of the freight transport chain. Efficient interfaces are required between long-haul transport and short distance distribution to the final destination. The urban part of the journey often proves to be a major source of congestion and local pollution. The panel members will provide
examples of some of the most efficient techniques currently in use in this segment of transport, and outline the possible developments towards logistic solutions able to optimise the performance of freight delivery and reduce its impact on mobility conditions and quality of environment in cities. They will also give recommendations on how to better integrate freight transport into local policies and planning and how to better manage and monitor transport flows, with a focus on actions at the European level.