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GECKO at Shared Mobility Rocks

Join the GECKO project at Shared Mobility Rocks 2019 on Tuesday, 8 October in Brussels. Our jam session (Governance for Micro-Mobility Solutions) will be on Stage 1 at 10:50 (although rock stars don’t usually get up that early…). E-scooters blocking your streets? You can’t connect to the shared bikes in town? Come and hear our panelists discuss the issues surrounding new mobility and how they can be addressed. What’s important for service providers? What are the main concerns of cities? What do users want? Come and listen in and pick up the mike yourself if you’ve got a song to sing.

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Join CIVITAS ECCENTRIC and LOW-CARB on the 17th of September 2019

- Register to secure your spot today!

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Respond to CoEXist's new online survey on Automation-readiness!

The survey will be open until 6 October 2019, and it will be available both online and at our CIVITAS Forum 2019 exhibition stand.

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Zhytomyr is the first Ukrainian city to adopt a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan

On 20 June 2019, Zhytomyr in the Ukraine became the first Ukrainian city with an officially approved Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP).

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LOW-CARB: Internal Workshop on measure package evaluation in Leipzig

On August 20th 2019 LOW-CARB partners LVB (lead partner), MDV and the City of Leipzig as well as the associated partners ZVLN, IVAS and Rupprecht Consult meet in Leipzig to discuss measures on low carbon mobility, developed for the Citys FUA.

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Successful first Strategie E user forum for software-supported planning of electric bus fleets in Oberhausen

On 10 July, the first user forum with representatives of transport companies from all over North Rhine-Westphalia took place, as part of the Strategie E project at the project partner STOAG in Oberhausen

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Guiding Europe towards automation-ready SUMP processes

Read the new practitioner briefing on "Road Vehicle Automation in sustainable urban mobility planning" and send us your feedback!

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The draft programme for the CIVITAS Forum 2019 is now available to read and download!

Spanning three days from 2-4 October, the 2019 edition of Europe's top transport event will be held in Graz (Austria).

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Application deadline extended for this year's CIVITAS Awards

Towns and cities are invited to apply by the new date of 31 July 2019 to be in with a chance of winning Europe's most prestigious prizes for clean urban transport.

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Build your own SUNRISE Co-creation scenario in 6 hours! [FREE OF CHARGE] - Register now for the E-course on co-creating sustainable mobility at the neighbourhood level! [Live from 2-30 September 2019]

Join our interactive learning community of transport practitioners from cities across Europe

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SUMP 2.0 GUIDELINES FEEDBACK SESSION WITH UITP & INTERREG CE PROJECTS

On May 6th 2019, public transport experts from CE countries met in Brussels at the UITP headquarters to give their feedback about the update of the European SUMP Guidelines.

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Rupprecht Consult recently participated in updating and testing the SUMP Self-Assessment Tool for Central European contexts, as part of the LOW CARB project.

Three representatives of the Krakow Functional Urban Area met on May 29th, 2019 with LOW CARB partners to learn, use, and provide feedback about their experience with the tool. Discover what the new tool can do, and RC’s role, and why it was a huge success for it most recent users.

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With Superblocks, Low-Emission-Zones and innovative future solutions towards liveable cities

The Kick-Off Meeting in Bielefeld officially started the new ReVeAL project

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SUMP Conference Groningen 2019: Successful presentation of the new guidelines

Last week the latest conference on SUMP took place in Groningen and the Rupprecht Consult team was well presented with several presentations, the introduction of the new SUMP Guidelines and feedback sessions on the new concept.

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Let's make LOW-CARB a 2019 REGIOSTAR

REGIOSTARS is an annual awards competition organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy to showcase innovative EU-funded projects. This year LOW-CARB was selected as a nominee, and is one of 25 excellent EU projects in category 4, "building climate resilient cities".

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Proud to share the public draft of the SUMP Guidelines second edition

We have published the draft second edition of the European SUMP Guidelines for stakeholders and practitioners to review and provide feedback. Online feedback is invited until 9 July 2019 and the revised Guidelines will be discussed in detail at the sixth annual SUMP Conference in Groningen, 17-18 June 2019.

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Best Environmental Management Practice for the Public Administration Sector

Sole contract partner with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre

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New intern at Rupprecht Consult

Zhi Xin Hoo joins the People-Focused Mobility Team

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Successful start of requirements workshops with Strategie E pilot users

Together with ebusplan, Rupprecht Consult develops a planning software for public transport operators and companies that is aimed to support them in the introduction of electric buses into their fleets. Central to the further development of the planning software, is to match as closely as possible the needs of users in the transport companies. For this purpose, a series of workshops was held with the pilot users Kölner-Verkehrsbetriebe AG, Stadtwerke Oberhausen AG and WestVerkehr GmbH on the software requirements. The aim was to query the central needs of the transport companies for such planning software and to adapt further product development to the requirements of the users in the best possible way. At the three initial workshops in Cologne, Oberhausen and Geilenkirchen in February, the general situation in the respective transport company was first of all surveyed and existing plans for the use and procurement of electric buses or information on the operation of existing [...]

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Involved in new mobility? Looking for the latest info? Have experience to share?

Check out the GECKO stakeholder group

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CIVITAS Forum 2019 – Registration open – Calls for contributions, exhibitors and sponsors published

The CIVITAS Forum Conference 2019 will be held in Graz, Austria, from 2-4 October 2019. The 17th edition of Europe’s top sustainable urban mobility event will gather the leading figures in the field from across the continent and beyond.

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SUMP Village, driverless metro and other highlights of SUMP Learning Programme 3

The highly successful SUMP Learning Programme 3 came to an end with its third workshop in Budapest. 24 participants from cities all around Europe discussed sustainable urban mobility planning, with a focus on action planning, monitoring and implementation. As icing on the cake they got the chance to visit the control centre of the driverless metro in the end - and to ride with it of course.

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New trainee at Rupprecht Consult

Lisa Marie Brunner joins the People-focussed Mobility Solutions and Integrated Planning teams

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Urban Nodes workshop hosted by the municipality of Venlo, 8th of February 2019

About 40 representatives from Venlo, Sofia, Piraeus, Bilbao, Antwerp, Cologne, Tallinn and the Vital Nodes project came together in Venlo on February 8th 2019 to discuss how freight transport can be made sustainable on all levels of the transeuropean transport network: on the local, the metropolitan and on the corridor level.

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Gdynia wants to be “core urban node”

A Vital Nodes workshop took place in Gdynia, March 13th, with several members of the Gdynia Planning Department, Department for Analysis and Cooperation and public transport providers.

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Urban Nodes Forum in Budapest April 3-4 2019

For the first URBAN NODES FORUM in Budapest, about 90 participants from urban nodes came together.

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Register now for the SUMP Conference 2019

Registrations are now open for the 6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP), which will take place on 17 and 18 June 2019 in Groningen, The Netherlands.

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First workshop for developing a SUMP for Kyiv-Podilskyi district

On 22 February, the first public workshop for the development of a SUMP for Kyiv-Podilskyi district was held successfully.

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Rupprecht Consult team member new trolley:motion president

We congratulate our colleague Wolfgang Backhaus on his new role as president of trolley:motion - an association supporting modern zero emission bus systems.

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Carnival in Cologne

From today on, Cologne is "upside down" until Ash Wednesday

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SUMP 2.0 - reshaping the EU SUMP Guidelines

For the past six years, the SUMP Guidelines have acted as the main reference document for urban transport and mobility practitioners and other stakeholders involved in the development and implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).

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Last week to apply for funded SUMPs learning programme for cities

The CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project has launched a call for cities to take part in its next SUMP Learning Programme (SLP). Up to 25 planning authorities have the chance to join SLP 5, which will start in May 2019. This group of mobility practitioners will complete the Expert Group of 90 SUMP cities. Programme format and content The six-month SLP module combines knowledge transfer, testing and assessment with learning on concepts, approaches, tools, and methodologies for Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) development. The activities blend online and face-to-face learning and exchange. Participants also benefit from one city-to-city review and a one-to-one support session from SUMPs-Up mobility experts. SLP 5 will focus on SUMP implementation, financing and procurement. Activities will include writing and reviewing a SUMP action plan, monitoring and evaluating the impact of measures, procuring services, and identifying new challenges. Who should apply? SUMPs-Up is seeking mobility and [...]

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Intensive SUNRISE week

The SUNRISE project started in May 2017, which makes it sensible – one and a half years into the project – to take stock, to reflect and to plan in detail for the next phase and – ultimately – for the time until the end of SUNRISE in April 2021.

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New intern at RC

Simon Uhr joined us in January and will stay until April 2020. He will support our team especially in the LOW-CARB and Strategie E Projects.

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New Office Management Support at RC

Amelie Metze joined the Office Management Team

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New staff at RC

Marlene Damerau joined the Integrated Planning team

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Intern to Trainee

Welcome back, Saydrina!

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Europe's SUMP community gathers to continue reshaping EU SUMP Guidelines

Since their launch in 2013, the EU's SUMP Guidelines have been the main reference document for developing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs). Yet the last five years have seen societal and technological developments and valuable insight gained from implementing SUMPs: it is time to update the Guidelines to reflect these.

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Trolley 2.0 User Forum kicked-off successfully in Solingen at the 6th international E-bus conference

A diverse set of European public transport operators presented on their plans to upgrade the trolleybus systems in their cities by using the potentials of in-motion charging and battery-equipped trolleybuses. Some operators will also conduct feasibility studies to analyse a reintroduction of trolleybuses in their cities completely from scratch.

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New policy recommendations for boosting SUMP take-up in EU cities

A new series of policy recommendations have been launched that give officials working at local, national, and European levels concise suggestions on how to foster the take-up of SUMPs.

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Transport Day 2018 held in Katowice, 6 December, co-organised by Rupprecht Consult

Within the CIVITAS SATELLITE project, Rupprecht Consult co-organised this year’s Transport Day at the COP24 in Katowice, together with the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) on behalf of the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) and the City of Katowice hosting the event.

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SUMPs-Up call for cities to join next round of its learning programme

The CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project has launched a call for cities to take part in its next SUMP Learning Programme (SLP). Up to 25 planning authorities have the chance to join SLP 5, which will start in May 2019. This group of mobility practitioners will complete the Expert Group of 90 SUMP cities.

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Join the Transport Day 2018 at the COP24 in Katowice

In the framework of the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the European Commission’s CIVITAS Initiative and the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) on behalf of the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) are jointly organizing the Transport Day 2018 “Urban mobility solutions to tackle climate change” that will take place on Thursday, 6 December 2018 in Katowice, Poland. The event is hosted and supported by the City of Katowice.

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Register now for the international E-Bus Conference 21.-22. November 2018 and learn from public transport companies & universities how electromobility in public transport has become a strategic concept for smart cities.

Learn about case uses and best practice by trolley:motion - trolley for smart cities, a partner of the European Mobility Europe Project (2nd day).

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Apply now to showcase your city’s achievements in sustainable mobility activities by hosting the CIVITAS peer-exchange activities. Application deadline is 31. Octobre 2018!

Hosts enjoy extensive promotion & receive financial and organisational support. Peer-exchange activities will be either in the form of study visits or work placements in 2019! Use the chance to exchange on a one-to-one basis.

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CIVITAS SUMPs-Up report reveals status of SUMPs in EU Member States

The “Status of SUMPs in EU Member States” report aims to support the advancement of national SUMP programmes by highlighting the main findings of a joint CIVITAS SUMPs-Up and PROSPERITY study. It summarises the status of SUMP and national SUMP programmes in all 28 EU Member States and elaborates recommendations for countries interested in developing their national programmes. Find the report here: sumps.eu/reports

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SUNRISE case-study on co-creation at neighbourhood level to address urban mobility challenges

SUNRISE addresses mobility challenges through co-creation at the neighbourhood level in six cities across Europe and the Middle East. Alongside the mobility benefits for the action neighbourhoods, the project will result in a suite of products – most prominently the SUNRISE Neighbourhood Mobility Pathfinder – which will be provided to European cities, their stakeholders, and citizens to inspire and inform change across Europe.

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Apply now to become part of the Trolley 2.0 User Forum to learn and exchange about hybrid-trolleybuses and the concept of in-motion charging!

The Trolley 2.0 project will invite a total of eight city authorities and/ or public transport operators to join the Trolley 2.0 User Forum. Application deadline is 1 October 2018.

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ELIPTIC policy recommendations on multi-purpose use of public transport infrastructure published

As one of the main outcomes of the ELIPTIC - Electrification of Public Transport in Cities project, the ELIPTIC policy recommendations have been published. The document is a summary of the lessons learnt around ELIPTIC's main research question on how to make more efficient use of the existing public transport infrastructure for the charging of non-rail-bound electric vehicles.

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Register for this year's CIVITAS Politicians' Forum

Politicians from CIVITAS Forum Network member cities are invited to attend this year's Politicians' Forum, which is being held at the upcoming CIVITAS Forum in Umeå.

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