CIRCE to help several Spanish towns and cities develop Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans

The initiative has been introduced in nine European countries at once within a project financed by the European Commission
These new strategies will help improve air quality in cities, reduce the number of deaths caused by road accidents and save fuel and energy
CIRCE has launched an initiative to select, advise and train several Spanish towns and cities in order for them to implement Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans as part of a project financed by the European Commission.
Towns and cities interested in taking part must meet certain requirements, such as having a population of between 40,000 and 350,000 inhabitants. The initiative belongs to a series of activities proposed by the European BUMP project (Boosting Urban Mobility Plans), which CIRCE is taking part in and which is financed by the EC within the Intelligent Energy for Europe programme. Members from nine European countries (Italy, the Czech Republic, Romania, Germany, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, the UK and Spain) are taking part in the project, which will see the implementation of a total of 36 sustainable urban mobility plans (four in each country).
The selection process will be carried out by a group of experts in sustainable mobility from this research centre, working in close collaboration with experts from outside CIRCE and city technicians.
CIRCE will be advising and supervising four municipalities as they implement their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans at no financial cost to local councils. Furthermore, a training plan will be offered for the cities’ technicians, which is expected to include international meeting days with professionals from other participating countries. The aim is to promote an exchange of best practices and success stories among the different European cities involved.
By drawing up these plans and adapting existing ones to become more environmentally-friendly, these towns and cities will be able to improve mobility in their surroundings and reduce C02 emissions, as well as other harmful gases such as nitrogen oxides. In addition to the advantages on health brought about by an improvement in environmental quality, it is also expected that the number of road accidents in urban areas will be reduced and that everyday life in these municipalities will improve.
Some of the various aspects to be worked on include optimising urban signposting and especially red lights, promoting public transport and clean technologies, and developing improvements in transport infrastructures.
Towns and cities wishing to take part are invited to get in touch with CIRCE’s researchers (+34 976761863), who will provide them with all the information they need to get involved in the initiative.