UITP and the European Committee of the Regions are organising a Conference on ‘How to get people out of their cars’ on 23 January from 9.00am to 1.30pm at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels. The objective of the conference is to discuss solutions that can get citizens out of their cars to achieve a modal shift.
In Europe, the road transport sector is responsible for over half of all NOx emissions and accounts for 72% of the 27% of the EU’s total GHG emissions which are attributable to transport. This is resulting in irreversible damage to our natural environment, with a detrimental impact on quality of life and the health of citizens in our towns and cities (air pollution, urban congestion, noise emissions, etc.) The European Green Deal highlights the need for transport to become drastically less polluting in urban areas in particular and emphasises the importance of a combination of measures aimed at reducing emissions, mitigating urban congestion and improving public transport options.
As operators and designers of public transport services, public authorities and policy makers, working together we have the opportunity to shape and structure urban spaces, to impact positively on people’s living conditions and to influence their daily choices and lifestyles. What practical solutions have proved successful to date for getting citizens out of their cars? What lessons can be learned from these experiences and how transferable are these to other cities?
If our towns and cities are to remain liveable and more accessible in the decades ahead, modal shift towards more sustainable transport modes will be vital. How can the right balance be found between the urgent need for a long-term paradigm shift and today’s short-term mobility needs?