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Co-creating future of regional transport on Urban Mobility Days 2020

  • 5. 10. 2020

Regional development agency of Ljubljana urban region (RRA LUR) was, with two invited sessions, actively participating at on-line Urban mobility days 2020 being held from 29th of September to 2nd of October 2020.  

This year conference was combining two leading events from Europe’s transport calendar: the CIVITAS Forum Conference and the European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs). RRA LUR contributed with its projects, visions and future regional development within two sessions: “The city and the Trans-European Transport Network” and “Regional and metropolitan mobility planning”.

With such a wealth of expertise and knowledge-sharing, Urban Mobility Days provided an ideal opportunity to digitally network, debate key issues, and exchange ideas on emerging transport trends and technologies and the latest developments in sustainable urban mobility planning. The theme of this year’s conference was “Zero Emission Mobility for All”, a title which is in line with the objectives of the European Green Deal and the theme of European Mobility Week taking place a week before. Considering the extraordinary global health situation, conference and plenary sessions brought together key sustainable mobility and spatial planning audience while also reflecting key aspects related to planning and innovation of urban mobility in times of crisis.

The city and the Trans-European Transport Network session addressed the urban dimension of the TEN-T network, focusing on how strengthening urban nodes and innovation can enhance the capacity and sustainability of the European transport system. Session offered the first option to present and share some preliminary results of the evaluation of the TEN-T regulation and discuss experiences aiming at improving mobility around TEN-T urban nodes. Moderated from Françoise Guaspare, Île-de-France, session speakers: Jean Louis Colson (DG MOVE, European Commission), Marlene Damerau (Rupprecht Consult), Ulrike Shutz (Berlin-Brandenburg), Catrine Norrgard, (Gothenburg) and Matej Gojčič (RRA LUR), focused on the need to reduce congestion and make logistics within the TEN-T nodes and urban agglomeration even more efficient and sustainable.

Within the Regional and metropolitan mobility planning session Matilde Chinellato, (EUROCITIES), Václav Novotný (Prague Institute of Planning and Development), Catarina Marcellino (Metropolitan Area of Lisbon), Jonathan Marsh (Transport for Greater Manchester) and Klemen Gostič (RRA LUR) discussed the ever emerging importance and role of regional spatial and mobility planning within the EU metropolitan regions. While metropolitan regions in Europe stand out for their economic attractiveness, they consequently attract vast commuter flows which is to be addressed with complex and multi-modal urban transport systems typically being transport nodes of European and national importance. Each region presented their governance model with which the regional mobility planning is addressed and how regional development agencies need to do in order to even further strengthen their importance within sustainable urban mobility planning on a regional level.