There is no doubt that the high levels of air pollution in our cities have been hitting the headlines recently. With air pollution being one the most pressing issues resulting from urbanisation, how to maintain and create clean, liveable cities is one of the main challenges authorities and policy makers are dealing with today.
To tackle these challenges, this week saw two major events focused on liveable cities, air pollution and health. UN World Cities Day, held on 31 October, addressed all challenges of urbanisation, seeking to contribute to sustainable urban development around the world. Focused more specifically on air pollution, the World Health Organization (WHO) held its first ever Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health (30 October – 1 November), with the aim of discussing opportunities and barriers for promoting the clean air and sustainable mobility agenda.
In line with this global agenda, UITP is proud to announce its partnership in the new research project MORE. Coordinated by University College London (UCL), MORE seeks to optimise road space in Europe by addressing problems such as congestion, air pollution, noise, and lack of road safety. The project will specifically focus on urban nodes and the main roads that carry traffic to and from the interurban links of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), a series of road transport networks within the European Union. Seeing its kick-off meeting on 27 and 28 September 2018, the project will run for three years.
MORE will enable city authorities to make the best use of available road space, by optimally allocating the available capacity, hereby taking advantage of advances in big data and digital eco-systems, and in new vehicle technologies and operating systems, in materials and construction technologies, and in dynamic traffic signing and lane marking capabilities. The project will test these technologies and procedures in five partner cities on different European networks: Budapest, Lisbon, London, Malmo and Constanta.
Within the project, UITP will lead various activities, including the development of guidelines for optimal road space allocation on major urban nodes. In addition, UITP will contribute to other activities such as the dissemination of the project.
Want to know more about this new project? Contact Cristina Hernández, the project manager of MORE.
UITP believes that part of the solution to health challenges caused by urbanisation lies in equipping cities and their inhabitants with integrated public transport. On this topic, UITP recently released the new Policy Brief Integrating mobility health impact in decision-making, providing guiding principles to Public Transport Authorities (PTA) on how to integrate mobility related health impacts.