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TIDE project started – opportunities for cities

The new TIDE project (FP7) on the take-up of urban transport innovation started on 1st October 2012. The project is coordinated by the city network Polis. Rupprecht Consult is in charge of the technical coordination and will support the thematic area of non-motorised transport.

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Rupprecht Consult presents SUMP concept at the new mobility conference in Leipzig, Germany, on 22-24 October 2012

The concept of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) will be promoted as a new way of urban mobility planning at the new mobility conference in Leipzig.

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Call for Entries - SYNAPTIC Awards for Excellence in Seamless Mobility

Share your examples of innovation in mobility by the end of 2012 for a chance to win a free trip to the 2013 ECOMM conference in Gävle, Sweden.

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ELAN and DYN@MO partner cities winning awards at CIVITAS Forum

At the 10th CIVITAS Forum in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), CIVITAS ELAN city Porto won for its smart phone travel planning application and DYN@MO city Gdynia made it to runner-up in the Technical Innovation category.

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SUMP a highlight topic at PIMMS CAPITAL Conference

Rupprecht Consult staff member Sebastian Bührmann held a Master Lecture on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans at the well-attended PIMMS CAPITAL Conference in Birmingham on 25th September.

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RC presented SUMP concept at UITP meeting

Rupprecht Consult cooperates with the "Transport and Urban Life" Commission of UITP in the preparation of a UITP Focus Paper on sustainable urban mobilty planning

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Rupprecht Consult at UNDP Workshop on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in Belgrade, Serbia

Frank Wefering presented the concept of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) at a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) workshop in Belgrade on 21 September 2012.

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CIVITAS ELAN Final Brochure published

Today, the CIVITAS ELAN Final Brochure was officially published and distributed during the CIVITAS Forum in Vitoria-Gasteiz taking place from 24-26 September 2012. The brochure summarises the main results and achievements from the five project cities: Ljubljana, Gent, Zagreb, Brno and Porto.

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TROLLEY - DG Regional Policy's "Project of the Week"

Our CENTRAL EUROPE project "Trolley - Promoting electric public transport" has been chosen as project of the week by the European Commission’s DG Regional Policy.

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SUMP Training in Finland today

The technical training seminar in Helsinki is targeted at local planners and implementers in Finland.

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Rupprecht Consult presenting at the AMUS and ACMOTE Conference in Aachen

At the first Aachen Conference on Mobility and Transport (ACMOTE) and the 13th Aachen Congress on Mobility and the City (AMUS) on 14th September 2012, Rupprecht Consult together with the City of Aachen presented "Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in Europe" and its application in Aachen.   The Conference, organised by the Technical University of Aachen, addressed the future shaping of mobility in cities and scientists, practitioners, researchers and developers discussed a variety of themes related to mobility and transport. ACMOTE forms an ideal platform for interdisciplinary exchange between transport and urban planners, traffic management, transport related information technology, road and rail transport engineering and decision makers from the political and administrative level. The presentation and discussion on SUMPs in Europe confirmed that there is growing need for exchanging between different disciplines and promoting a multi-stakeholder approach for advancing a new mobility [...]

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SUMP European Mobility Week 2012 theme

Each European Mobility Week focuses on a particular topic related to sustainable mobility, the so-called focal theme. This year, the motto is "Moving in the right direction"

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World Urban Forum focussing on urban mobility

Bernd Decker from Rupprecht Consult participated at the Sixth Session of UN-HABITAT's World Urban Forum (WUF6) which was held in Naples from 1-7 September 2012.   The World Urban Forum is a biennial expert forum established by the United Nations General Assembly to address the pressing challenge of rapid urbanisation and its impacts on communities, cities, economies and the environment. Under the overarching theme "The Urban Future" the Dialogue Session on urban mobility, energy and environment brought together experiences and knowledge gained in addressing the urban mobility challenge. The Future City calls for a new paradigm which embraces new approaches to urban planning and design such as "giving the street back to citizens", creating public spaces, establishing more robust public transport systems and promoting active modes of transport such as walking and cycling as feeders to public transport systems.   In a special event on Sustainable Transport following Rio+20 [...]

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New German National Cycling Plan refers to PRESTO

The German Government approved today the National Cycling Plan 2020 (Nationaler Radverkehrsplan 2020 NRVP)

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Commission launches first EU Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan award for local authorities

Within the framework of its Sustainable Urban Mobility campaign, the European Commission today launched the EU’s first award to encourage the adoption of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) by local and regional authorities. Under the inaugural theme ‘stakeholder and citizen participation’, local and regional authorities can submit their applications for the award of EUR 10 000.

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CATALIST Guide for the Urban Transport Professional to be released soon

Results and Lessons of the long term evaluation of the CiViTAS initiative

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SUMP brochure now available in 15 languages

An overview of the concept of SUMPs - sustainable urban mobility plans

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We are seeking two new team members

Urban sustainable mobility experts please apply for the posts of junior and senior consultant at Rupprecht Consult by 20 Sept. 2012.

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PRESTO presents new Pedelecs brochure

Answers to the 20 most frequently asked questions related to Pedelecs are given in the new brochure To cycle electric or not to cyle... It is the last publication of the PRESTO project.

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Rupprecht Consult invited to UNDP-SUMP event in Belgrade

On 21 September, the United Nations Development Programme is holding a workshop on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in Belgrade, Serbia.

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TRANSFORuM partnership invited for project negotiations

Following a very positive evaluation result the European Commission has invited the TRANSFORuM project for official project negotiations. The proposal gained 14 out of 15 points in the recent call of 7th European Framework Programme.

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TIDE project on take-up of urban transport innovation starting soon

A new FP7 project that will foster the take-up of 15 innovative concepts for urban mobility is currently under negotiation with the European Commission. The tentative starting date is October 2012. The project will be coordinated by Polis. Rupprecht Consult will be in charge of the technical coordination and supports the topic of non-motorised transport.

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INTERREG IVB: PUMAS project approved in the Alpine Space

Venice, Torino, Munich, Lyon, Vienna, Nova Gorica, FernUni in Hagen and UIRS have submitted the PUMAS project in the final call of the Alpine Space Programme. The programme has approved the joint proposal on 28 June 2012. The project will start in September 2012 and end in June 2015.   Alpine Space cities face common urban mobility challenges which call for innovative & cost-effective mobility solutions. PUMAS (Planning sustainable regional-Urban Mobility in the Alpine Space) offers these solutions. It coordinates the development of the sustainable regional-urban mobility planning (SUMP) concept which the EC strongly promotes and, in its 2011 Transport White Paper, even suggests as a mandatory approach. The PUMAS partnership is a complementary consortium aiming to: advance SUMP, which focuses on participation, integration, evaluation, and cost internalisation, as a new paradigm in mobility planning; develop, implement & evaluate 6 pilots using SUMP methods and tools;  [...]

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TROLLEY launches European Trolleybus Knowledge Centre and 1st eLearning module

TROLLEY is all about knowledge exchange, competence building and competence sharing on trolleybuses. Therefore, TROLLEY has developed an eLearning module and the European Trolleybus Knowledge Centre to further contribute to promoting the trolleybus as a smart, clean and green urban transport solution.   The eLearning module about trolleybus basics aims at trolleybus novices and can be accessed via the project’s website (registration window). The module enables users to learn quickly and conveniently all about trolleybus basics regardless of distance and time. The module is available in English but designed in a way that also those not speaking English fluently can take part. Two more modules (about energy storage systems for trolleybuses and the take-up of trolleybus systems) are expected for the end of 2012. The three modules will build up a full trolleybus eLearning course.   Furthermore, TROLLEY established a European Trolleybus Knowledge Centre. It shall serve as main European [...]

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3rd International Trolleybus Conference and TROLLEY transferability conference on 23-24 October 2012 in Leipzig: registration now open!

After Zurich and Lucerne, Leipzig has now been selected as the next host city! In Leipzig, the re-introduction of trolleybuses has been considered for the past three years. With the recently launched hybrid buses, an important first step was made in the transition to sustainable electric solutions for road-based traffic.   The conference will highlight the EU project "TROLLEY" and present its results. Simultaneously, the Leipzig fairgrounds will also host "euregia 2012" and the first ever "new mobility" expert symposium. These high-caliber gatherings will examine future mobility, innovative electric transportation solutions and the development of interconnected infrastructure for cities and entire regions.   Don’t miss any of these excellent events and register for the 3rd International Trolleybus Conference entitled "New horizons for urban traffic – innovative electric city transport systems". The conference features: an expert symposium on the "TROLLEY" project results a [...]

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CiViTAS-ELAN Final Conference

The CIVITAS-ELAN Final Conference was held on 27-28 June 2012. About 100 participants from all five ELAN cities came to Ljubljana to present and discuss the highlights and main achievements of four years of strong cooperation and interaction.

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Urban Mobility Practitioners from Germany, Austria and Southern Tyrolia Meet In Cologne

On 20 June 2012, 33 urban mobility practitioners followed the invitation by Rupprecht Consult and Austrian Mobility Research (FGM-AMOR) to a Workshop on “Urban mobility in the European Context” in Cologne.

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SYNAPTIC Awards for Excellence in Seamless Mobility Presented

SYNAPTIC Award winners publicly honoured at the 2012 ECOMM Conference in Frankfurt, Germany

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ACTUATE: project on safe eco-driving of clean vehicles kicks off

Eco-driving means optimising driving performance for a safer, more economical and environmentally-friendly driving. The ACTUATE project aims to help optimising the driving performance for vehicles in the public transport sector that are considered clean (such as hybrid buses, trams, trolleybuses with or without supercaps).   ACTUATE offically started on 1 May 2012 and runs for 30 months spending its total budget of about 1.6 mln Euro for the provision of a range of information material on safe eco-driving of electric bus and tram fleets. This includes a starter kit as well as free e-learning courses for safe eco-driving for the four defined types of electric vehicles.   ACTUATE will also develop dedicated driver training concepts for trams, trolleybuses, hybrid buses and trolleybuses with supercapacitors as well as "golden rules" for safe eco-driving in general.   The picture shows representatives of all nine project partners during the project's kick-off meeting on 4 and 5 June [...]

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BAPTS INTERREG IVB NWE project to end

After four years of successful cooperation the BAPTS project will come to its final end in April 2012. The operational activities on the partner level have already been completed in December 2011. Over the next four months, all administrative and reporting tasks shall also be finished.

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CIVITAS Dyn@mo project to start negotiations with European Commission

In March 2012 the European Commission has invited the CIVITAS-Dyn@mo project to start the project negotiations. CIVITAS –Dyn@mo is one out of two Collaborative Projects approved under CIVITAS Plus II. The project will run 48 months, and brings together innovative 28 partners. Management and coordination are under the joint responsibility of Rupprecht Consult and the City of Aachen.

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The TROLLEY Movie – 18 stakeholders across Central Europe speak with one voice!

The TROLLEY movie is another piece of the puzzle of TROLLEY’s promotion activities to shape a new and more positive image of trolleybuses in Europe. The movie is based on interviews with local and regional stakeholders, which were performed in our TROLLEY partner cities Salzburg (Austria), Brno (Czech Republic), Eberswalde (Germany), Parma (Italy), Gdynia (Poland) and Szeged (Hungary). The movie highlights advantages of trolleybuses and raises hopes in what could be improved in the future to raise awareness of trolleybuses as smart, clean and green solution for urban public transportation. Please find the video here or watch it on YouTube.

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SYNAPTIC Round Table on Demographic Change, 13 March 2012

SYNAPTIC invites experts on ageing and mobility to discuss future policy needs

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Cycling project PRESTO ends successfully

The cycling project PRESTO - promoting cycling as a daily transport mode - funded in the framework of the Intelligent Energy - Europe programme ended in January 2012 after 33 months of successful transnational cooperation between 12 European partner organisations. The project's success stories encompass the publication of 4 policy guides and 25 fact sheets on cycling promotion, infrastructure and pedelecs (in different languages), 7 e-learning courses for starter cycling cities and a number of local activities in the five PRESTO cities Bremen, Grenoble, Tczew, Venice and Zagreb.   The project's final meeting took place in December 2011 in Cologne. A final brochure - prepared in 6 languages - presents the project's lessons learnt and recommendations (download it below). Rupprecht Consult was the coordinator of PRESTO.   More information on PRESTO: www.presto-cycling.eu

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Training workshop on strategic communication and life after the end of CIVITAS-ELAN

During the 15th ELAN project meeting that was held in Graz from 24-26 January 2012 a training workshop was held on strategic communication and life after the end of the ELAN project to which ELAN invited three representatives from previous CIVITAS projects.

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SYNAPTIC Awards for Excellence in Seamless Mobility

The INTERREG Northwest Europe cluster project SYNAPTIC has established the SYNAPTIC Awards for Excellence in Seamless Mobility to recognise initiatives leading toward seamless mobility in Europe. If you have implemented something innovative, this is your opportunity to gain recognition (and win prizes!) for your work. How to enter: Submit a description of your initiative in the form of an Eltis case study here. (Note: you must create a log-in to enter).Eligibility: all case studies carried out in Europe fitting under the 3 categories below and submitted to Eltis between 1 January 2011 and 31 January 2012 are eligible to win.Categories: The best multimodal door-to-door travel solution (Eltis category: Intermodality) The best public transport solution (Eltis category: Collective passenger transport) The best development process or implementation of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (Eltis category: Transport planning) Prizes: The winner in each category will receive free travel, [...]

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SUMP training series in 25 European countries starts with event at the Lithuanian Parliament

In 2012, a team of experts appointed by the European Commission is delivering 35 seminars and experience exchange events on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in national languages all over Europe.

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PRESTO's lessons learnt brochure out now!

The Lessons Learnt Brochure is the final report of the PRESTO project, summarising its main achievements and recommendations from 33 months of experience and practical knowledge in building cycling cultures in five European cities: Bremen, Grenoble, Tczew, Venice and Zagreb; cities with different cycling conditions, modal splits, starting situations and local challenges. This document sums up our main recommendations for different aspects of cycling infrastructure, cycling promotion and pedelecs, structured by “starter”, “climber” and “champion” cycling cities. It is intended for local and regional authorities across Europe, bicycle retailers, European institutions and NGOs, or anyone who is working on building a cycling culture. Get an English copy right here (more language versions are available here).

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SYNAPTIC Transnational Scenario Development

International student teams take on journey audits across northwest Europe

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PRESTO: final event in Cologne

Sharing European experiences in cycling policies

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PRESTO Final Event in Cologne

December 7 in Cologne

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New office

On October 1, 2001, Rupprecht Consult moved to downtown Cologne

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10th BAPTS partner meeting and conference in Darmstadt

On 28 and 30 September 2011, the 10th BAPTS partnership meeting took place in Darmstadt, Germany. The BAPTS partners combined this meeting with a public one-day conference entitled Future-Ready Public Transport. The day included various aspects of modern public transport addressed by invited speakers as well as by the BAPTS project partners on the innovations implemented in their local contexts within the scope of the BAPTS project.

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SUMP Guidelines available now

The European Commission's Action Plan on Urban Mobility calls for an increase in the take-up of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in Europe. To meet this need, new SUMP Guidelines have been produced within the Eltisplus SUMP project. The document explains how to develop and implement a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan.

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MOVE Project reaching out to Turkey and Poland

MOVE partners organised two outreach workshops to disseminate the research and the lessons of experiences to organisations outside the consortium. The MOVE Outreach Workshop on "Disaster Risk Management and Vulnerability Assessment: EU – Turkey Experiences Exchange" was held on 15-16 September 2011. In Poland, the MOVE outreach workshop was embedded in the meeting of the CHANGES project in Stryszawa on 22 September 2011.

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Final report to BBSR reserach project submitted

Public-private partnerships in transnational cooperation - possibilities and limitations. Rupprecht Consult submitted final report.

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ELAN city Brno visited by CiViTAS Pointer

On August 5 and 6, the CiViTAS monitoring project will come to Brno to take a look at the city's achievements in sustainable urban mobility

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5th World Congress of Cities for Mobility successfully concluded

Rupprecht Consult team members participated in the event in Stuttgart

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9th BAPTS partner meeting, Liège tram conference and SYNAPTIC launch event

The 9th BAPTS partner meeting took place in Liège, Belgium on 9 June 2011. The BAPTS partners took advantage of the opportunity offered by this meeting to organise the day before a half-day conference on various aspects of the introduction of a tram network in the city and region of Liège, the hosting partner. In addition, the new Northwest Europe cluster project, SYNAPTIC – including BAPTS and three other NWE projects – was officially launched.

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“ELAN Youth on the Move” – CIVITAS-ELAN Youth Congress

From 24 to 26 May 2011 the ELAN City of Brno hosted the first ever Youth Congress held within the CIVITAS Initiative. Eight pupils aged between 15 and 17 from each ELAN city gathered in Brno to experience a fun and productive get-together learning more about sustainable public transport and CIVITAS-ELAN.

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