During the last week of september the members of the taskteam mobility met each other in Sweden. Mobility experts from Eskilstuna, Girona, Gävle and Hasselt shared their knowledge about local biking policy, with a special focus on monitoring of cyclists in the city. The cities of Ulm, Schiedam, Reggio Emilia and Detmold also showed their interest to participate but finally they could not assist at this specific meeting.
The meeting members were inspired by the moderator Dr Ulf Eriksson, who is an expert in environmental determinants of cycling and their effect on public health. Nowadays Dr Eriksson is a researcher and traffic consultant at Trivector Traffic and serves as project manager for Physical Activity Through Sustainable Transport Approaches (PASTA), a four year long EU-project with 14 partners (e.g. WHO, Oxford University) and 12 000 participants. The participants also received a presentation about the project of “School Chance”, an Interreg project about school mobility, led by the city of Girona, with participation from Eurotowns partners Gävle & Reggio Emilia.
After two days of conference the members ended by up by an engagement to develop together a new project idea about monitoring cyclists. Further research will be done to find additional partners and the opportunity to make a common application for European funding.