As part of the 2015 OPEN DAYS, we are organising a seminar on 14 October on local policies and measures to support active travel.
Our seminar will focus on local policies and measures to support active travel in cities, such as walking or cycling. We are hosting the seminar together with the European Commission's Executive Agency for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (EASME) and the European Cyclists' Federation.
Increasing the share of active travel in the modal split can help cities make a significant contribution to reducing noise, air pollution, energy consumption and congestion. Creating favourable conditions for walking and cycling also has a positive impact on health, road safety and social inclusion.
Furthermore, research shows that pedestrians and cyclists visit local shops more often and therefore tend to spend more per week.
The aim of this seminar is to share good practices and discuss the common challenges associated with promoting walking and cycling. The session will combine presentations with panel discussions, including contributions from: Magda Kopczynska, director of innovative and sustainable mobility at European Commission DG MOVE; and Philippe Crist, cycling expert and economist at the OECD International Transport Forum. There will also be contributions from politicians and practitioners from Brussels Capital Region, Ghent, Sofia, and Vienna. The event will be chaired by Anna Lisa Boni, EUROCITIES secretary general.
Participation in the workshop is free. More information including the programme and a link to the registration is available here and the workshop code is 14URB03.