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The city response to the new demands for mobility (Paris Conference May 2001)

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    The city response to the new demands for mobility INTA - the international network for urban development in cooperation with RATP - Régie autonome des
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 2001
      The city response to the new demands for mobility

      INTA - the international network for urban development
      in cooperation with
      RATP - Régie autonome des transports parisiens

      Paris France
      13-16 May 2001

      Mobility and accessibility are increasingly under threat in cities, due to
      traffic congestion, space constraints, disintegrated planning, social
      dislocation, urban sprawl and rapid growth. World cities are in need of
      better public transport systems which offer incentives to minimise car use
      and opportunities to combat pollution and traffic congestion.
      Simultaneously, there is an urge for better urban growth management which
      protects surrounding natural land from further sprawl, makes use of derelict
      urban sites and creates more socially and economically viable, compact
      neighbourhoods. The connection between both general policies is now well
      acknowledged. However, public transport systems require substantial amounts
      of capital investment, which have traditionally been met by national, state
      and local governments and, to a small degree, by transit operators. As such,
      they have to compete with other areas of government funding. Where should we
      look for solutions?

      The Paris conference will look at this issue from a different angle and try
      to seek solutions which go beyond the choice of mode of transport, to reach
      the core questions of the type of mobility people want, the institutional
      arrangements which support mobility and urban transport, the relationship
      between the public authorities and transit operators as well as between
      local authorities and central government. Solutions may exist, not
      necessarily in a technical or industrial response, but rather with a
      different notion of urban development and its impact on the operating modes
      for delivering mobility in the city.

      The conference proposes different types of strategies and partnerships which
      can improve accessibility and mobility in cities. Well-defined sessions will
      facilitate dynamic exchanges and networking. Field assessment and technical
      networking will be provided through technical visits to advanced mixed and
      integrated urban transport systems.

      Sunday afternoon - immediately after registration and check-in, there is
      time dedicated to personal experience of mobility in a large metropolis.
      Monday morning - an introduction to the subjects of the conference with an
      illustrated presentation and prospective of future urban mobility.
      Tuesday - the organisation and management of the urban public transport
      systems as an answer to the request of mobility.
      Wednesday - recent forms of mobility, the response of city leaders on the
      social demands for mobility, the answers of the industry, followed by

      The exchange of knowledge and experiences - to take place either in formal
      sessions or in the course of the visits - will be centred on key policy
      areas :
      - Mobility and models of Urban Life
      - Managing mobility in cities
      - Urban regeneration, a key to better public transport
      - The management of goods movement in the city
      - The Times of the City: urban rhythms and mobility
      - Balancing the need for mobility with environmental constraints and cost of
      - The response to new demand for mobility
      - Participatory procedures, institutional and organisational modes for Urban
      - Transport and accessibility: vectors of citizenship and local development
      - Architects of mobility: the strategies of the traffic generators
      - The political dimension of mobility

      Major transit companies and industry have been invited: RATP International
      Investissement, EDF, Bouygues, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignation, Irisbus,
      Systra, Matra Transport International, Bombardier, Adtranz, Siemens, Alstom,
      Lohr Industries,...

      For more information please visit:

      INTA - the international network for urban development
      Nassau Dillenburgstraat 44
      2596 AE The Hague
      The Netherlands
      Tel: 31-70-324 4526
      Fax: 31-70-328 0727
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