Ranking the 12 most effective measures that European cities have introduced in recent decade

Kimberly Nicholas, Associate Professor of Sustainability Science at Lund University, in an article on The Conversation website, provides the results of latest research to provide evidence-based ways to reduce car use in cities.   12 best ways to get cars out of cities – ranked by new research Question: what do the following statistics have … Continue reading Ranking the 12 most effective measures that European cities have introduced in recent decade

European Commission boosts efforts to make rail Europe’s default mode of transport

The European Commission is proposing more sustainable travel, led by efforts to make Europe’s rail system the default mode of transport. Daniel Boffey discusses in an article on The Guardian website. The Commission’s press release on this proposal is available here.   Faster trains and cheaper tickets to boost European rail travel in new strategy … Continue reading European Commission boosts efforts to make rail Europe’s default mode of transport

In Sweden, a movement advocating avoiding flying has gained influence since 2016 and has started to change the way travel is portrayed in the Swedish media

Recent research shows that there are shifting ideas and assumptions about holidays by plane in Swedish society. While flying is still widely presented as desirable, changes in some media coverage show the influence of the flight-free movement and illustrate that different perspectives of what constitutes a good life under climate change are gaining some influence. … Continue reading In Sweden, a movement advocating avoiding flying has gained influence since 2016 and has started to change the way travel is portrayed in the Swedish media

The UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate change advocates for an approach to passenger transport planning called “Avoid, Shift, Improve”

Although EVs certainly help address increasing transport emissions, simply focusing on replacing conventional cars with EVs is a missed opportunity for countries to develop alternative means of transport beyond car dependency. Vera O'Riordan, PhD Researcher in Marine and Renewable Energy at the University College Cork writes on The Conversation website about the need to develop … Continue reading The UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate change advocates for an approach to passenger transport planning called “Avoid, Shift, Improve”

New joint briefing by EEA and Eurofound on benefits of targeted measures to cut carbon emissions

Recycling revenues from energy and carbon taxes to support low-income groups, investing in renovating buildings and in green mobility are among measures that could ensure public support for Europe’s sustainability agenda and a socially just transition. Vulnerable groups may feel the benefit of these measures more than others, as well as from the broader community … Continue reading New joint briefing by EEA and Eurofound on benefits of targeted measures to cut carbon emissions

The European Commission is handing out 60,000 Interrail tickets to young people

From Tuesday this week, 18- to 20-year-olds have been able to apply for tickets that grant free train travel across Europe. The initiative is providing travel opportunities to young people as the pandemic wanes. A news item on the Deutsche Welle website explains. The closing date is October 26th, so if you know someone who … Continue reading The European Commission is handing out 60,000 Interrail tickets to young people

New analysis shows inclement weather conditions deter some cyclists more than others

Researchers in Australia have been studying the impact of weather on cycling. In Australia, bicycle travel accounts for only about 1% of journeys. Their analysis would hopefully help remove barriers to cycling. Richard Bean, Dorina Pojani and Jonathan Corcoran of The University of Queensland discuss their analysis in an article on The Conversation website.   … Continue reading New analysis shows inclement weather conditions deter some cyclists more than others

One way to reduce transport emissions relatively quickly, and potentially globally, is to swap cars for cycling, e-biking and walking

There is growing awareness that a new approach to travel is seriously needed. This is particularly true because transport is one of the most challenging sectors to decarbonise due to its heavy fossil fuel use and reliance on carbon-intensive infrastructure. Christian Brand, Associate Professor in Transport, Energy & Environment, Transport Studies Unit at the University … Continue reading One way to reduce transport emissions relatively quickly, and potentially globally, is to swap cars for cycling, e-biking and walking

The advantages of e-bikes

There is an increasing move towards more sustainable mobility through walking and cycling. However, there are many who may not feel fit enough to cycle. The electric bike may be the right solution. Ashley Cooper, Angie Page and Jessica E Bourne from the University of Bristol write on The Conversation website about the advantages of … Continue reading The advantages of e-bikes

New report on walking and cycling

Catherine Benson from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) reviews a new report prepared by the UN Environment Programme entitled the ‘Global Outlook on Walking and Cycling.’   UNEP Releases Outlook on Walking and Cycling The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the ‘Global Outlook on Walking and Cycling,’ which highlights that limited investment … Continue reading New report on walking and cycling