At Heathrow in London, a plane lands every 45 seconds. At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, one of the busiest airports in the world, more than 100 million passengers passed through in 2015. By 2026, it is forecast that aviation will contribute $1tn to world GDP.
As valuable as it is to economies, the aviation sector is responsible for 12% of CO2 emissions from all transport sources. A return flight from London to New York generates about the same level of emissions as heating an average home in the EU for a whole year. Left untackled, impacts connected to flying are likely to increase. In the last 20 years, air traffic has risen more than 250%.
Read more: What will the airport of the future look like?
Traffic congestion is a perennial issue in many cities around the world. Just ask road users in Mexico City, Bangkok or Istanbul, which topped the list of the world’s most congested large cities in the TomTom Traffic Index 2016. Bikes are hailed by many as one solution to the problem – not to mention that they help with reducing pollution and improving wellbeing, too.
Read more: More bikes than cars: this is the world's most bike-friendly city
Public transport in London is the world's most expensive, a report says.
A monthly travelcard costs £135 ($174), according to a Deutsche Bank report - £33 ($43) more than Dublin, which was ranked second priciest city.
Read more: London's monthly travel cost 'most expensive in world'
Mit dem ersten E-MTB von ROSE, dem ELEC TEC, elektrisieren wir deine MTB-Welt! In diesem Bike stecken 100 % Mountainbike und 100 % Spaß – verpackt in ein 27,5"-Hardtail mit Plus-Reifengröße und 130 mm Federweg. Das ELEC TEC setzt ganz auf perfekte Integration und so wurde in Kooperation mit Continental eine innovative, kompakte Motorgehäuse-/Unterrohr-Einheit samt im Unterrohr integriertem Akku entwickelt.
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To Eta Speedbike μπορεί να μοιάζει εξωτερικά με κάψουλα, αλλά στην πραγματικότητα είναι ένα ποδήλατο και μάλιστα ένα από τα πιο γρήγορα στον κόσμο.
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According to a study conducted in Italy by URBI (link is external), over 5,000 vehicles were booked a total of 4,265,000 times in the last six months.
URBI is an app that aggregates shared mobility offers such as bike and car sharing services. The study analysed data from services offered in Rome, Milan, Turin and Florence by companies such as car2go, enjoy, Share'n go, DriveNow and ZigZag.
Read more: Italian study shows strong growth in shared mobility
This year’s CIVITAS FORUM Conference will take place on 27-29 September 2017 in Torres Vedras, Portugal. The annual event brings together the CIVITAS community from across Europe: hundreds of mobility experts, actors and stakeholders, all of whom are devoted to the development of sustainable urban mobility in their cities. The 15th edition of the CIVITAS Forum Conference will continue the tradition of offering state-of-the-art presentations, interactive workshops and sessions, interesting site visits, not to mention new innovative elements in the programme.
SMALL COMMUNITIES, BIG IDEAS
The city of Torres Vedras, one of Portugal’s leading examples in sustainable urban development, was chosen to host the CIVITAS Forum 2017 because of its active involvement in CIVINET Portugal-Spain and the CIVITAS Political Advisory Committee, demonstrating a strong political commitment to sustainable mobility issues and to the CIVITAS Network.
As Torres Vedras is the smallest municipality ever to host a CIVITAS Forum Conference we found it great to focus on this in the theme. However, the theme not only refers to the conference objective of encouraging a transfer of ideas between cities of any size. Using the CIVITAS transferability approach as a basis the conference theme also indicates that ideas developed by any kind of small community – and this could be a CIVITAS project, an expert group, etc. – should also help others to tackle existing urban mobility problems.
Read more: CIVITAS Forum Conference 2017