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SUTP Newsletter September - November 2010

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    - - Note: A direct link to this newsletter will be found on the World Streets site under the Worth the Detour rubric on the top right menu. ****** SUTP
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 13, 2010

      -       - > Note: A direct link to this newsletter will be found on the World Streets site under the Worth the Detour rubric on the top right menu.



      ****** SUTP Newsletter ******
      ****** Issue 05/10 September - November 2010 ******

      A PDF version of the newsletter can be downloaded from http://www.sutp.org/newsletters/NL-Sep-Nov-2010.pdf
      An online version is also available at http://www.sutp.org/newsletters/NL-Sep-Nov-2010.htm


      In this edition:

      - Muenster, the bicycle-city of Germany – an excellent example for the promotion of non-motorised urban transport
      - GTZ-SUTP participated at the BAQ 2010 Conference
      - Indonesian Land Transport Academy
      - The City of Solo is working on Sustainable Urban Transport Strategy Plans
      - GTZ at the 1st UATP Congress on the African Public Transport and the Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Mobility for African Cities in Dakar, Senegal
      - GTZ conducts training course on Travel Demand Management in Mexico City
      - GTZ at the workshop "The future of carbon financing schemes for sustainable transport" for Mumbai
      - GTZ SUTP participates at the First International World/Transport Share Forum in Taiwan

      From Partners:

      - ITDP launches Transeunte.org
      - 10 principles for Transport in Urban Life
      - Studies Show the Connection Between Travel Times to Food Stores and Public Health
      - New Report: Latin American Green City Index


      - GTZ module on Parking Management: A Contribution Towards Liveable Cities
      - GTZ module on Urban Freight in Developing Cities
      - GTZ technical document on Transport Alliances - Promoting Cooperation and Integration to offer a more attractive and efficient Public Transport
      - SUTP Video Portal
      - GTZ releases a reading list on Public Bicycle Schemes


      Muenster, the bicycle-city of Germany – an excellent example for the promotion of non-motorised urban transport

      During the past years Muenster became Germany’s bicycle capital. With a proportion of 37.6% the bicycle is the prevailing transport mode there. Nearly half a million bicycles in comparison to 280,000 inhabitants requires a specific focus on the demands of cyclists. Today the city of Muenster provides a high standard of infrastructure and safety for cycling. In contrast, 10 years ago Muenster’s road safety was very poor. 50% of all traffic-injured were cyclists. Therefore local politicians decided to elaborate a new policy “Vision Zero” meeting the particular needs of the vulnerable bicyclists and equally considering the failures and limited capacity of humans. With the introduction of “Vision Zero” an elimination of road causalities was targeted. Further, a high standard in road safety, mutual consideration and compliance with traffic laws became the basics of Muenster’s new policies in mobility.

      To combat non-compliance with right-of-ways and red traffic lights, the main reasons for accidents, Muenster implemented new transport infrastructure and intensified traffic regulation and monitoring. In the scope of these measures cycle-paths along main roads, extended cycle high ways with a minimum width of 5meters and cycle-bridges and -tunnels at intersections were constructed. Further, the area of the former city wall was changed to a cycle-promenade, traffic speed was limited to 30km/h in residential areas and segregated parking spaces were provided to avoid parking at cycle-paths. To increase the flexibility and attractiveness one-ways were opened for free cycling. As an essential measure to reduce accidents where cyclists are involved the overall visibility of cycle-routing was improved, too. Today Muenster supplies a high-performance cycle-network with a total length of 457 kilometres. For maintenance, parking as well as rental and purchase adequate options are available. The penalisation with non-compliance of traffic laws is regulated in a specific cycle code. To strengthen the safety of cyclists for instance cycling with blood alcohol or without the required lighting is punished by fines.

      Funded by local and national institutions the feasibility of these measures has been ensured by a shift of political and administrative engagement towards safety and capacity of cycle-paths.

      All these measures led to several improvements in Muenster’s city environment. Due to partial modal shift towards cycling the overall traffic volume of vehicles was reduced. Hence noise and emission decreased, too. Enhanced road safety supports especially the most vulnerable traffic participants. Nowadays elderly people and children are able to cycle secure at a higher level of convenience. Another benefit is the grown flexibility and the enhanced state of health. For example when cycling on their daily travel to school children do not need a lift by their parents anymore. Thus families can save time and costs. Additionally children are able to concentrate at school which increases their learning ability there.

      During the past years Muenster developed to a city with increased quality of life and road safety. Although many improvements took place, there are still challenges to optimise the current state of transport.

      Nevertheless Muenster, its engagements towards cycling as well as its improvements in road safety serve as a standard for sustainable urban transportation.

      Read more: http://www.sutp.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2453&Itemid=1&lang=en


      GTZ-SUTP participated at BAQ 2010 Conference, 8-12 November, Singapore

      GTZ-SUTP along with several of its partners like CDIA Asia, LTA Academy and BTG members, participated at the BAQ 2010 Conference at the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, and the various pre- and post events planned around it, from the 8-12 November, 2010.

      1. 08-Nov-2010: Pre-Event “One-day learning Course on Financing Sustainable Urban Transport – Bridging the Gap from Planning to Implementation” at the LTA Academy, together with CDIA Asia and LTA Academy.

      2. 10-Nov-2010: Breakout Session on "Financing Urban Transport", together with CDIA Asia

      3. 10-Nov-2010: Breakout Session on "How can Climate Change Negotiations Help Sustainable Transport?"

      4.10-Nov-2010: Breakout Session on "Transport Modes and Systems- Green Freight & Logistics"

      5. 12-Nov-2010: Post-Event "One day training course on Transportation Demand Management", together with the LTA Academy

      In addition to the above, GTZ-SUTP also displayed a poster on 'Parking Management in Developing Cities' and released two new Sourcebook modules titled “Parking Management: A contribution towards Liveable Cities” and “Urban Freight in Developing Cities”, all of which generated great interest amongst participants, and were well received.

      Read more: http://www.sutp.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2449&Itemid=1&lang=en


      Indonesian Land Transport Academy

      The Sekolah Tinggi Transportasi Darat (STTD), in Bekasi, close to Jakarta, being an official University established by Presidential Decree in 2000 under the Ministry of Transportation, hosts 475 students, being educated on land transport, traffic and road transport, railways,  river and inland waterway transport as well as motor vehicle inspection. SUTIP, the Sustainable Urban Transport Improvement Project, hosted at the Ministry of Transportation provides from time to time guest lecturing to STTD. Experts from SUTIP, GTZ, LTA Academy and from the Singapore-German  Institute have had guest lectures so far. On 18.11.2010 Manfred Breithaupt from GTZ held a lecture on  the contribution of urban transport towards the creation of liveable cities and on urban transport restructuring. The lecture was attended by 180 students.

      Read more: http://www.sutp.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2476&Itemid=1&lang=en



      Chhavi Dhingra from GTZ-SUTP presented a paper at the Codatu (Cooperation for Urban Mobility in the developing World) XIV Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 25-26 October, 2010.  The theme of the Conference was 'Sustainable transport and the quality of life in the city'.

      Miss Dhingra made a presentation titled "Addressing quality concerns for Public Transport in  Indian Cities" in the session on 'How to improve the quality of public transport?'. The conference was attended by almost 150 delegates from various countries.

      Read more: http://www.sutp.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2455&Itemid=1&lang=en


      GTZ at the 1st UATP Congress on the African Public Transport and the Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Mobility for African Cities, 3-7 October 2010 in Dakar, Senegal

      Mr. Michael Engelskirchen, GTZ Transport Advisor, was invited to make a presentation (download here) about the Rea Vaya BRT system in Johannesburg as a best practice example for the implementation of BRT in African cities. The presentation was held in the Public Transport, Modal Choice and integration session on 5th October 2010 and was attended by more than 300 participants including representatives of ministries across Africa, the African Union and the World Bank. With some 3,000m2 of exhibition space and 31 exhibitors, including GTZ, this was the largest public transport exhibition ever to be held in Africa.

      Issues of urban mobility and transport of goods are becoming a growing concern in Africa. Lack of adequate transport infrastructures and institutional and regulatory framework, infernal congestions,  overloaded buses and trucks resulting in many traffic accidents, road annoyances, increased CO2 emissions, fares fluctuation, multifaceted assaults, the proliferation of informal transport operators etc. are amongst others, some key issues to be addressed for the sustainable development of public transport in Africa.

      Read more: http://www.sutp.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2454&Itemid=1&lang=en


      The City of Solo is working on a Sustainable Urban Transport Strategy and Plans

      With the assistance of CDIA and GTZ SUTIP, the City of Solo in Central Java, Indonesia is working on establishing a Sustainable Urban Transport Strategy and Implementation Plans. Promoted by SUTIP, the Technical Agreement was signed by CDIA and the Mayor of Solo in September 2010. Various stakeholders from the greater area of Solo attended the kickoff workshop for the technical assistance that was held on October 14, 2010.

      Read more: http://www.sutp.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2450&Itemid=1&lang=en


      GTZ SUTP participates at the First International World/Transport Share Forum in Taiwan

      The First World Share Transport Forum was held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, during September 16-18, 2010. The conference is described as "bringing together leading thinkers and practitioners from around Taiwan, Asia and the world, to examine the concept of share/transport in a series of focused collaborative interdisciplinary Master Classes."

      Mr. Carlosfelipe Pardo participated on behalf of GTZ-SUTP as a moderator and panel expert in this event, and made a presentation on 'The Psychology of Sharing'.

      Read more: http://www.sutp.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2365&Itemid=1&lang=en


      GTZ at the workshop "The future of carbon financing schemes for sustainable transport" for Mumbai

      Chhavi Dhingra Deb from GTZ-SUTP participated in this two day workshop organized jointly by the Institute Veolia Environment (Paris), Veolia Transport (Paris), TERI (New Delhi), TRL (London) and IDDRI (Paris), held during 28-29 September, 2010 at Mumbai, India.

      The objective of the workshop was to get inputs from various experts on the possible development of a carbon financing mechanism and more importantly the methodology to be adopted for the same, for funding future sustainable transport projects in Mumbai city. Representatives from city authorities, private sector and CDM experts from India and abroad were amongst those present at the workshop. The discussions revolved around issues like existing carbon financing schemes for urban transport and their limitations, the data challenges, need for setting baselines and possible ideas for financing urban transport projects for Indian cities.

      Read more: http://www.sutp.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2405&Itemid=1&lang=en


      GTZ conducts training course on Transportation Demand Management in Mexico City

      GTZ SUTP, Clean Air Institute and CTS Mexico, supported by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, held a training course on Travel Demand Management (TDM) in English and Spanish language (with simultaneous translation) during October 7-8, 2010 in Mexico City, as a side event to the Congress for Sustainable Transport held in the same city during that week.

      30 participants from different cities in Latin America attended the course, and participants from at least 15 cities in municipalities and other organizations took part in the course via web-link provided by the Clean Air Institute as part of their STAQ program.

      Read more: http://www.sutp.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2347&Itemid=1&lang=en  


      GTZ releases a reading list on Public Bicycle Schemes

      Encouraging public bike systems have shown that there can be numerous short that could be made by a bicycle instead of using motorised modes. Public bike schemes also encourage creative designs in bikes and also in the operational mechanisms.

      The current document is one of the several efforts of GTZ-Sustainable Urban Transport Project to bring to the policymakers an easy to access list of available material on Public Bike Schemes (PBS) which can be used in their everyday work. The document aims to list out some influential and informative resources that highlight the importance of PBS in cities and how the existing situation could be improved.

      Read more: http://www.sutp.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2447&Itemid=1&lang=en


      GTZ module on Parking Management: A Contribution Towards Liveable Cities

      Parking controls and pricing are transport demand management measures implemented frequently by local authorities, yet little of the academic literature deals with experience of this policy, preferring instead to concentrate on the politically “more lucrative” topic of congestion charging. This module attempts to redress that balance a little. It discusses the various definitional, operational, planning, institutional and social challenges around parking practices in cities, and how these could be overcome. The module also discusses topics like types of marking, parking demand and common myths associated with vehicle parking. The publication contains 50 fully illustrated pages, 20 figures, 12 tables and 16 boxes and provides further reading and links on additional aspects related to parking management.

      This new GTZ Sourcebook module on parking management is authored by Tom Rye, Professor of Transport Policy & Mobility Management in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment at Edinburgh Napier. This module offers measures to address parking problems in developing cities and is aimed primarily at stakeholders in local, regional or national governments and anybody with an interest in this issue. This includes not only traffic engineers but also  policy makers, land use planners, transport planners, urban designers and in general anyone who has an interest in making parking more efficient and more sustainable.

      Read more: http://www.sutp.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2471&Itemid=1&lang=en


      GTZ module on Urban Freight in Developing Cities

      The economic development of urban agglomerations depends heavily on a reliable and friction-free supply of goods and materials. At the same time, freight transportation in urban centres contributes considerably to air pollution, noise emission and traffic congestion. Decisive action is necessary in order to optimise urban freight delivery, and thus to alleviate the negative effects.

      This new GTZ Sourcebook module describes the importance of freight transportation in the context of urban development and provides detailed information on available options to meet current and future challenges for urban goods transport in rapidly growing cities of the developing world.

      The module has been written by Bernhard O. Herzog, expert in the field of freight operation and fleet-management with more than 30 years experience in the field of transport planning and logistics.

      Read more: http://www.sutp.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2473&Itemid=1&lang=en


      GTZ technical document on Transport Alliances - Promoting Cooperation and Integration to offer a more attractive and efficient Public Transport

      This new GTZ Technical Document # 4 titled “Transport Alliances - Promoting Cooperation and Integration to offer a more attractive and efficient Public Transport” summarises the development of the German public transport alliance system, the so called Verkehrsverbund that is often regarded as the first and most successful form of integrated transport in the world.

      It offers information on aspects ranging from institutional issues to best practices in introducing an integrated fare system. This document also looks at transport alliances in the neighbouring country of Switzerland.

      The publication contains 130 fully illustrated pages 70 figures and 9 tables. Additionally it provides further reading and links on additional aspects of public transport alliances and public transport integration.

      Read more: http://www.sutp.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2475&Itemid=1&lang=en


      SUTP Video Portal

      The new SUTP video portal presents visuals on the different aspects of sustainable urban transport. This compilation of interesting videos shows various scenes taking place on the streets and urban spaces of cities all over the world – from Shanghai in China to Curitiba in Brazil.One can see how flaws in urban transport planning can result in air pollution, traffic congestion, inefficient public transport and unsatisfied city inhabitants. At the same time, many videos also present good examples of how to improve transportation and make it comfortable, attractive, efficient, environmentally friendly and user optimized.

      The video portal covers various aspects of urban transport like Mass Rapid Transit, Cycling, Walking, Parking and Road Safety.

      Watch the new SUTP Video Portal now at http://www.sutp.org/video

      * From Partners   *

      ITDP launches Transeunte.org

      ITDP Mexico launched Transeunte.org, a Mexico City-focused blog that aims to be an interactive source of news and analysis on transport, cycling, urban planning, civic culture and public policy.

      With Transeunte.org, ITDP Mexico hopes to create an online community that will promote the renewal of Mexico City’s streets, making them more livable.

      Visit Transeunte – http://www.Transeunte.org


      10 Principles for Transport in Urban Life

      Visionary urbanist Jan Gehl and Walter Hook, Executive Director of the Institute of Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), have together set out ten keys to creating more sustainable cities in a new publication.

      Read more: http://www.itdp.org/index.php/news_events/news_detail/10_principles/

      Studies Show the Connection Between Travel Times to Food Stores and Public Health

      “The mapping, survey, and research findings presented in this report clearly demonstrate that the Bay Area, California, most disadvantaged communities face significant transportation barriers to healthy activities. In low-income communities of color, where car-ownership rates are low, inadequate public transit limits access to hospitals, community clinics, supermarkets, and regional parks. People of color are disproportionately injured and killed on unsafe streets – a health crisis in itself that in turn contributes to fears of walking and bicycling.”

      Read more: http://thecityfix.com/studies-show-the-connection-between-travel-times-to-food-stores-and-public-health/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thecityfix%2Fposts+%28TheCityFix%29

      * Events          *

      23.01.2011 Washington D.C., US: TRB 90th Annual Meeting - http://www.sutp.org/index.php?option=com_eventlist&Itemid=56&func=details&did=471&lang=en

      27.01.2011 Washington D.C, US: Transforming Transportation 2011 - http://www.sutp.org/index.php?option=com_eventlist&Itemid=56&func=details&did=483&lang=en

      10.04.2011 Dubai, AE: 59th UITP WORLD CONGRESS AND EXHIBITION - http://www.sutp.org/index.php?option=com_eventlist&Itemid=56&func=details&did=381&lang=en

      26.09.2011 Mexico City, MX: XXIVth World Road Congress - 2011 - http://www.sutp.org/index.php?option=com_eventlist&Itemid=56&func=details&did=389&lang=en

      A PDF version of this newsletter can be downloaded at http://www.sutp.org/newsletters/NL-Sep-Nov-2010.pdf


      Contact us: Any further queries regarding this document can be addressed to sutp@....
      All the documents mentioned here are available for download from the SUTP website: http://www.sutp.org
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