The 15th annual European Mobility Week has been launched, with activities taking place across Europe from 16 to 22 September. The theme this year is 'Smart and sustainable mobility – an investment for Europe’. The main aim is to promote awareness of the economic benefits of investing in safe, clean transport for people and companies. Brexit has not discouraged the UK from signing up, with 17 towns and cities participating, up from 10 in recent years.

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The European Commission has launched a call for applications for this year’s award for sustainable urban mobility planning. Local and regional authorities that have been exceptionally successful in integrating freight in the development and/or implementation of their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) will be recognised. Application deadline: 28 October 2016.

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EPOMM - the European Platform on Mobility Management - has released its August 2016 e-update (published 22 August) on the topic of Overcoming Barriers to Mobility Management. The theme is described as follows:

Mobility management already has many success stories in Europe. But a systematic application of mobility management is still rare. That is the main reason why these successes so far have had a very limited impact on a European scale. In this e-update we will examine the main barriers that are holding back wide-scale implementation of mobility management or that counteract the impact of mobility management measures. We will also show some examples of ways to overcome barriers and some alternative, more beneficial policies.

Read the EPOMM E-Update here.

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The EVIDENCE project has reviewed 22 different transport measures (e.g. Cycling, Walking, E-Ticketing, Travel Information) under 7 themes (e.g. Demand Management Strategies, Urban Freight, Less Car-Dependent Mobility Options). You can select your theme of interest and download in-depth reviews on each of these measures or shorter summary reviews.

EVIDENCE is a strategic initiative funded by the European Commission's Executive Agency for SMEs, designed to unlock the potential of SUMP implementation. Quite often, the evidence that is available is ad-hoc, of varying quality and either inaccessible or unavailable within the timescales of decision making. However we know that evidence does exist, but often it’s not in an accessible format. Policy makers and professionals that need it, don’t have the time or resources to search through it and to gauge the credibility.

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