Three cities have been given awards for the best sustainable urban mobility activities and progress in Europe. Gent (B), Nantes (F) and Sutton (GB) were described as the most outstanding, ambitious and innovative cities of 2009 by Civitas, an initiative for city vitality and sustainability.
The EU has been accused of missing targets put forward in the 2001 Common Transport Policy. A study from the University of Leeds says the 2001 white paper promised sustainable mobility, but progress made in greening transport over the past 10 years have been limited. The study, which was carried out for the Community of European Railways says limited progress has also been made in revitalising the rail sector, with achievements largely restricted to intramodel competition.
The Commission is to set up an on-line guide showing information on clean and energy-efficient vehicles.
A British cycling initiative says efforts to get more people onto bicycles may be failing because no-one allows for differences in feelings between men and women.
A doctoral thesis from Sweden suggests that car commuters die younger than those who walk, cycle or go to work by bus.
The Italian government is making €8.75 million available to encourage bicycle use.
A number of German cities are developing the 'car scrappage' idea by offering subsidies for people to buy new bicycles.
Initial results from Berlin's Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) show some encouraging results.
The head of the European Environment Agency says transport trends are still 'pointing in the wrong direction'. She was speaking as the EEA issued a report saying greenhouse gas emissions from transport in the EU have increased by 36% from 1990-2006.
Most CO2 emissions from high-speed rail are a result of deforestation related to the construction of new railway lines. That's the preliminary conclusion from a report by a French rail track company RFF, due to be published in June, that develops a lifecycle assessment for the carbon footprint of high-speed rail.