Last 22-23 January 2013 the City of Kortijk hosted the Mobility Task Team meeting.
· Kortrijk (Belgium) presented an approach for making the area around schools free of traffic. This was demonstrated during presentations by Heidi Debels and Bart Baeten (mobility staff for Kortrijk) as well as through onsite visits.
· Detailed attention was given to possibilities for making inter-city and public modes of transport more suitable and/or improving or even making these more innovative and for substantive communication in this regard. Inputs were provided by Ivo Cré (Polis), Fred Van Remoortel (Vectris) and Jan Vanseveren (BTTB, Think Tram Do Bus). Guest city Kortrijk (Belgium) served as a case study, while best practices from other European cities were also presented.
· Hasselt (Belgium) introduced and outlined the current state of affairs with regard to the ‘CityDepot’ project, which is increasingly gaining momentum and offers an environment-friendly alternative for goods carriage and deliveries within a city centre.
· Aubagne (France) and Tallin (Estonia) introduced themselves and put forward a question regarding cooperation between cities which are or want to become active with respect to offering free public transport.
· The Task Team Secretariat gave an update of various current projects/contacts:
- With regard to the submitted LIFE+ project ‘Foot‘ which aims to reduce emission in medium-sized cities by enhancing the walkability of these cities: no news at present
- With regard to the current STEER Call (Intelligent Energy Europe/deadline 8 May): Hasselt will launch a proposal, at the brokerage event, for a project aimed at studying the best forms of mobility in cities, in which cities can actively participate
- Polis has extended an invitation for participation in the TIDE project (deadline on 28 February)
The Task Team set out guidelines for subsequent meetings, where the most important points of focus are:
- Participation, communication, awareness-raising, etc. regarding mobility plans and interventions, including the development of tools for this purpose
- Joint efforts to organise a mobility week
- Parking problem in medium-sized cities
- Case studies in the guest city on the occasion of Task Team meetings
- Attention to be paid to reducing own mobility in connection with meetings
- Monitoring and possibly responding to (even in sub-groups) important European calls
- Agreements for the next meeting: Manresa (Spain), 18 – 19 March
Items on the agenda include: participation projects on mobility and development of a format for organising an effective mobility week
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