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First Train-the-Trainer Workshop on eco-driving for tram driving instructors was held in Leipzig

Not only do professional drivers and driving instructors benefit from periodic practical training, but also the project coordinators are given hours of hands-on training. Our colleague and ACTUATE project coordinator Wolfgang Backhaus set a good example and trained eco-driving behaviour in Leipzig.

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CIVINET Assembly in Bielefeld

Members of the CIVITAS network for the German-speaking regions of Europe gathered on May 20 Mai in Bielefeld.

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TRANSFORuM project exhibits at the ITF 2014 summit in Leipzig.

TRANSFORuM project coordinator Ralf Brand and our colleague Kristin Tovaas have set up an interactive booth to engage with the public and gather feedback during the three-day event, from May 21 – 23.

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Nine stakeholders gathered in Tallinn to discuss implementation of the Transport White Paper.

The second TRANSFORuM workshop on Multimodal Information, Management and Payment systems took place in Tallinn, Estonia, on May 20 and 21.

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First European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans announced

'Planning for a liveable city' will be the guiding theme for a conference to be held in Sopot, Poland on 12-13 June 2014.

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First “Train the Trainers” workshop on eco-driving of trolleybuses was held in Salzburg

The workshop was part of the European project “ACTUATE - Advanced Training and Education for Safe Eco-driving of Clean Vehicles” and took place in Salzburg on 7 May 2014.

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2nd workshop on Urban Mobility held in Copenhagen.

12 external stakeholders gathered in Europe's "Green Capital" to discuss the implementation of the Transport White Paper.

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Art@Rupprecht

Following an exhibition of artwork by Franz Wieland and Claudia Böse, our walls now host photographs most of which have been captured by Rupprecht Consult's employees.

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New junior consultant at Rupprecht Consult

On May 1st, Hana Peters started work in Cologne.

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New trainee at Rupprecht Consult

On April 28, Kristin Tovaas joined the team.

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Ralf Brand: Guest lecture at Bahçeşehir University / Istanbul

Ralf Brand gave a guest lecture at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul on April 22nd 2014. The title of his talk was “The role of technology, citizens and technizens in the sustainable city”. The deliberate hybrid term technizen signals his proposal to steer clear of simplistic technical or social “fix” approaches in the discourse around sustainable urbanism. Instead, Ralf argues for a “synchronisation” or “co-evolution” between social and technical change. The audience consisted of staff and final-year students of Bahçeşehir’s architecture programme, which offers a special focus on sustainable architecture and urbanism. Ralf followed an invitation of Prof. Bengü Uluengin, assistant dean of the faculty.

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SmartMove Kick-off Meeting in Vienna

Rupprecht Consult were very pleased to attend the SmartMove kick-off meeting in Vienna on 8th and 9th April, hosted by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU - Universität für Bodenkultur, Wien).

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Traffic Snake Game spreads over Europe!

The successful Flemish campaign Traffic Snake Game enters a new era. Aim of this game is to stimulate young children to walk and cycle to school. Starting next school year, after summer holidays, the campaign will be implemented in at least 18 European countries. Preparations behind the scenes have just started as the kick-off meeting of the newly installed Traffic Snake Game Network took place in Leuven, Belgium.

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Third TIDE newsletter online!

We are happy to present the third issue of the TIDE newsletter. With the project being half way, the 65 TIDE cities have completed their first training workshop and are currently preparing for the second training event: ‘Making innovation reality, how to get started’. In addition to a summary of the first workshop that took place in Stuttgart, this newsletter also features an article about the TIDE Innovation toolbox: 15 inspiring transport measures that can change your city. In this issue, the city of Donostia/San Sebastián is put in the spotlight. The 2016 European Capital of Culture has extensive experience in the field of www.tide-innovation.eusustainable mobility. Pedestrians and cyclists have a strong presence and in 2013 the city commissioned the first 100% electric public bicycle sharing system. You will also find the latest news from the other TIDE cities and an overview of upcoming events across Europe which you may [...]

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Siegfried Rupprecht juror at RegioStars Awards Ceremony 2014

On March 31st, Siegfried attended the ceremony in Brussels.

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TRA 2014 Paris: TIDE and SOLUTIONS Invited Session

Transport Innovation Transferability Workshop: Best Practice Examples from TIDE and SOLUTIONS

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E-learning launched in TIDE project

Learn about innovative mobility solutions in your own office or home on your own schedule

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New team member at Rupprecht Consult

Timothy Durant, geographer and city & regional planner, joins the Team on April 7.

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2nd series of thematic TRANSFORuM Workshops now confirmed

Four further thematic stakeholder workshops will be organised by TRANSFORuM for the spring of 2014. The purpose of these events is to consolidate the 2.0 draft version of the roadmaps.

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Audience in Vienna

3rd TRANSFORuM Newsletter now out!

Our latest newsletter contains information about our previous work and events and also includes an outlook at our forthcoming spring workshops, main deliverables and final conference.

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General meeting CIVITAS network for the German-speaking regions of Europe on May 20 Mai in Bielefeld

CIVINET members can – in their mother tongue - get to know and better assess concepts and experiences of other cities as well as European mobility policies and plannning concepts and their effects on the members‘ own situation.

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New EEA report emphasises close link between SUMP and increased quality of life

The European European Agency's annual Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism report (TERM 2013) provides impetus for the European-wide take-up of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans.

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CIVITAS cities can now apply for the CIVITAS Activity Fund

CIVITAS CAPITAL is supporting the take-up of sustainable urban mobility measures in Europe through an Activity Fund. This co-financing mechanism will encourage the transfer of successful measures from ‘pioneer’ cities to ‘take-up’ cities.

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CIVITAS DYN@MO Summer University on electromobility, 14-16 May 2014, Palma

CIVITAS DYN@MO is pleased to announce the second edition of its DYN@MO Summer University, 14 - 16 May 2014 in Palma. The topic of the event is "How to learn more about city and citizen friendly electric vehicles".

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World Bank’s online course successfully completed

RC staff member Miriam Lindenau has successfully completed the World Bank’s MOOC “Turn down the heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided”. The five-week course covered climate projections for the 21st century including droughts, heat waves as well as sea-level rise and the implications on food and water security.

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CIVITAS DYN@MO - Summary of the first year

On 30 November 2013 the CIVITAS DYN@MO project has completed its first project year.

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TRANSFORuM's 2nd Joint Forum Meeting held in Vienna

The TRANSFORuM project held its 2nd Joint Forum Meeting in Vienna on January 28th and 29th 2014. It was a continuation of the 1st Joint Forum Meeting (Gdansk, June 2013) and four theme-specific workshops in the autumn 2013.   The purpose of all TRANSFORuM events is to listen to and learn from stakeholders and practitioners in various fields of transport and mobility. This is a crucial approach for TRANSFORuM because its ultimate outputs – roadmaps towards a better mobility future – will have to be “stakeholder-driven” in order to have any likeliness of being accepted and implemented.   The stakeholders attending the Vienna event represented the four thematic areas, which TRANSFORuM focuses on: Clean urban mobility, long distance freight, high-speed rail and multi-modal travel information and ticketing systems; each of them corresponding to one goal in the European Commission’s Transport White Paper from 2011. Stakeholders therefore represented, to name just a few, a large rail [...]

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Documentation of DYN@MO Summer University on SUMP available

An extensive web-based summary of the CIVITAS DYN@MO Summer University on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans held in Palma on 26-28 June 2013 is now available from: http://gitmot.uib.es/USB%20Summer%20University/START.html

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Merry Christmas from Rupprecht Consult

We thoroughly enjoyed this year's cooperation with you, our business partners, clients and friends, and are looking forward to staying in contact with you in exciting activities in the new year.

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Rupprecht Consult team playing Indonesian Gamelan instruments

On December 20, the team got together at the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum of Ethnology in Cologne.

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ACTUATE’s Mid-Term Partner Meeting and Knowledge Exchange with Experts in Salzburg

On 11 and 12 December 2013 the ACTUATE consortium came together for a successful mid-term partner meeting in Salzburg, Austria. In addition, external experts from other EU-funded projects in the field of professional driver training participated in an ACTUATE meeting and contributed to a vivid discussion and inspiring knowledge exchange. After a short welcome note by the host Salzburg AG, day one began with the presentation of the first of a series of ACTUATE e-learning modules. Within ACTUATE individual e-learning courses will be developed for hybrid buses, trams and trolleybuses. Over the next months all partners will integrate the e-learning courses into their in-house campaigns aiming to encourage drivers to use their newly acquired eco-driving skills in their daily routine.Also the partners reported on first evaluation results regarding training quality and energy savings achieved during the training sessions and in daily operation. Test drives conducted in real traffic as part [...]

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CH4LLENGE workshop on institutional cooperation held in Leeds, UK

Over 45 participants from all over Europe attended CH4LLENGE’s second SUMP Challenge Training Workshop which focused on institutional cooperation in sustainable urban mobility planning.

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Final SUMP Guidelines released

The Guidelines on Developing and Implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, written by Rupprecht Consult, were released on 17 December 2013 in conjunction with the official announcement of the European Commission’s Urban Mobility Package.

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SOLUTIONS project website now online

The SOLUTIONS project website has been launched on November 27.

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Basel Workshop

TRANSFORuM workshop on Long-Distance Freight held in Basel

TRANSFORuM’s fourth theme-specific stakeholder workshop was held on November 25 – 26 2013 in Basel, Switzerland. This was the last of our workshop series in the autumn of 2013; a second series of four workshops will be held in the spring 2014.

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TRANSFORuM workshop on High-Speed Rail held in Lyon

Ten experts from 7 countries attended TRANSFORuM's first workshop on high-speed rail, representing a variety of stakeholder organisations.

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Rupprecht Consult urban mobility planning expertise welcome in Brazil

Rupprecht Consult has been invited to participate in urban mobility planning seminars in the Brazilian State of Rio Grande do Sul.

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TIDE: Innovative ideas and how to take advantage of them - Workshop Stuttgart

An interactive workshop on innovative transport ideas measures and how to transfer them

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Rupprecht Consult's contribution to climate protection

Eco-friendly travel by rail instead of car and plane helps to reduce emissions, especially when the train is powered by "green electricity".

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Participants at the ITS workshop in Reading, Nov. 11/12 2013

TRANSFORuM workshop on ITS held in Reading, UK

TRANSFORuM's series of stakeholder workshop continues. Six more to come.

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Foundation of the CIVITAS network for the German-speaking regions of Europe in Frankfurt/Main on 6 November 2013

On 6 November 2013, stakeholders from the German-speaking regions of Europe founded the association “CIVINET deutscher Sprachraum“ at the HOLM Forum in Frankfurt.

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TRANSFORuM Thematic Group Surveys now available online!

TRANSFORuM combines face-to-face stakeholder events with online tools such as the newly created thematic group surveys.

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TIDE Circle of Innovative Cities have been selected

The TIDE project has selected 53 cities from 23 countries to participate in the learning and exchange opportunities through its Circle of Innovative Cities

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TRANSFORuM workshop on Urban Mobility held in Oslo

TRANSFORuM continues its stakeholder involvement process with four thematically specific workshops in the autumn of 2013.

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Rupprecht Consult celebrating 15 years as GmbH

On October 16, 1998, Rupprecht Consult changed from a single enterprise to a limited company (GmbH).

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PRESTO cycling fact sheets now available in Russian

Fact sheets on cycling infrastructure and promotion from the PRESTO project are now available in Russian

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Second TIDE newsletter online!

We are happy to present you with the second issue of the TIDE newsletter. With the first year of the project over, the TIDE 'handbook for transferability analysis in urban transport and mobility' has been completed and the build-up to the local innovation forums and implementation scenarios for take-up is gaining full momentum. This newsletter also reports on the Cost-Benefit Analysis workshop that took place in Budapest. The city which enters the spotlight this time is Milan. With the planned extension to its road user charging zone and the plan to equip every parking lot with sensors able to control and apply sanctions for infringements, this municipality has clear aspirations to further advance urban transport. Click here to read the second TIDE newsletter!

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Commission signs €4 million grant for sustainable urban mobility

The European Commission today signed a grant agreement worth €4 million with a consortium of 14 European research institutes, associations and consulting companies — including 10 SMEs — for a three-year project known as "Civitas Capital".

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TROLLEY celebrates 4th European Trolleybus Day

Electric buses take center stage in 27 cities in 15 European countries

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TRANSFORuM Thematic Workshops

The dates and locations for this years thematic workshops have been confirmed!

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