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Task 4 (Module 3.3)

Task 4 (Module 3.3)

by Kristin Tovaas -
Number of replies: 9

Has your city implemented similar traffic and mobility management measures? If so:

  • What impact have the measure(s) had on congestion?
  • Was there a strong debate before and/or after implementation? If so, what were the arguments that were made?

If not:

  • Is your city considering implementing similar measures? Which ones?
  • Which measures in this category (if any) do you think would be most effective for your city to implement with regard to their impacts on transport network performance?

Please post your response in the News forum along with any relevant photos, links, videos, etc.


In reply to Kristin Tovaas

Re: Task 4 (Module 3.3)

by Jelena Nikolić -

Has your city implemented similar traffic and mobility management measures? 

City didn't implemented similar measure or campaign related to cycle trafic.

  • Was there a strong debate before and/or after implementation? If so, what were the arguments that were made?
City established speed limit zones on several spots in city. There were no debates before implementation of measure, but that activity was covered by media, because it was during European mobility week. That attract big media attention on national level. There were many jokes on TV and newspapers related to City of Kruševac and "speed limit zones". Mainly the comments were that the city invented the sign and there were some funny explanations what was the meaning of traffic sign. Beside the jokes, that media attention helped to raise awarenes among citizens and politicians and to start the debate about future measures. When variuos TV stations interviewed citizens about speed limit zone in city center, many of them said that it will be good to establish pedestrian zone.


In reply to Kristin Tovaas

Re: Task 4 (Module 3.3)

by Violeta Mihalache -

In Timisoara, the Municipality and the public transport operator implemented a bike-sharing system as a support for the public transport. The system started in June 2015. The bike stations were installed in bus/tram stops that are crowded, and using the public transport card, people can unlock the bike, but not being charged. The condition is to use the bike for at most 1 hour, time to get to the next bus/tram stop or to your final destination. As I said, the system is free, but you need to have a public transport card to unlock the bike. The system is very popular, but unfortunately, it does not function during the winter period.  As figures, in the first year of running, there were 13,900 users (bikers), and now, we have an average of 1,800 daily travels.

So far, the system mainly addresses to the people who have already used public transport or walked, and not to the drivers. But, the system reduced the journey time for those who uses public transport or walk to the destination.

The name of the system is velotm and here you can see a short movie about it https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ro.creativedevelopers.velotm


In reply to Kristin Tovaas

Re: Task 4 (Module 3.3)

by Timothé Bronkhorst -

Has your city implemented similar traffic and mobility management measures?

I can see two traffic and mobility management measures that were implemented for  quite some time :

- Bike sharing system : Lyon was one of the first city in the world to offer a bike sharing system on a wide area : the Vélo'V. It was introduced in 2005 and is greatly used. Many are saying that it helped increasing the number of cyclists in the city, although no real data is available to confirm this affirmation. The main problem was that Vélo'V wasn't followed by a strong desire to improve cycling in Lyon, and the bike infrastructures and the communication about cycling is still lacking.

- Zone 30 de la Presqu'ïle de Lyon : the center of Lyon has the widest area with a 30km/h speed limit in France. The area is vast but the speed limit is rarely respected and there a only a few visible measures that are forcing driver to reduce their speed. The City has been changing some street designs in the last few years but so far this "Zone 30" has been quite a failure.


If so:

  • What impact have the measure(s) had on congestion?

I don't have data on the impacts on congestion, but I suspect there was none.

  • Was there a strong debate before and/or after implementation? If so, what were the arguments that were made?
Those 2 projects were not the subject of strong debates.
In reply to Kristin Tovaas

Re: Task 4 (Module 3.3)

by Cristina Villalón Robles -

Module 3.3: Examples; Traffic management and mobility management

Task 4

·Has your city implemented similar traffic and mobility management measures?

Technology used to manage the movement of people has been mostly used in León to increase road safety, principally for pedestrian mobility.

León has two speed counters in the vicinity of areas that have quite lot road traffic in peak hours. There is also a portable traffic-speed-radar installed every day in six different locations of the city to monitor road speed (there are 33 different locations). Moreover, three photo-red traffic lights with speed radar are placed in main streets to dissuade drivers exceed speed limits.

Other successful technological innovation that has improved pedestrian mobility together with accessibility is the acoustic system for traffic lights, with remote control, for blind or visually impaired people. It consists of an innovative system based on small electronic devices situated over the upper part of the traffic light posts. The traffic light remains silent and only produces a sound signal once it has been activated by a user, with a small omni-directional remote control. This avoids the usual noise nuisances of the old systems with continuous noise in every crossing cycle. The system makes a first clear acoustic signal just to orientate the user to the traffic light post. Then, it produces a crossing signal (different from the first one) and, eventually, a last signal of end-crossing. The sound comes from both traffic light posts; origin and destination, in order to let the user recognize the ‘crossing path’. Once the crossing cycle is finished the system returns to the original situation of silence until a new user activates it. Regarding the remote control it is a small device (type key-ring) that lets the user activate the traffic light of the cross road for the next crossing cycle. The effectiveness of the signal is absolute since the possibility of interferences with other signals is practically non-existent.

In that concerning strategies to redistribute travel demand:

1. Strategies towards mobility by bicycle: public bike loan system (20 loan points all over the city), and more than 1,000 bike racks.

2. Strategies towards mobility by public transport (bus): all local buses have geo-referred information screens and a communication system (ITC) called SICOMBUS, most bus stops count on real time information panels, and there is an App for mobile phones called ‘busKbus’, which gives users real-time information.

3. Apart from the SUMP of the city, three Transport Plans have been done (1) for workers of the City Hall of León; (2) for students, teachers and workers of Ponce de León primary school; and (3) for students, teachers and workers of the University of León.

·What impact have the measure(s) had on congestion?

We have not measured impact. In any case, all these measures have been well accepted by the entire population.

·Was there a strong debate before and/or after implementation? If so, what were the arguments that were made?

No debate occurred. When doing the Transport Plans, participation of key groups was always well accepted and positive.


In reply to Kristin Tovaas

Re: Task 4 (Module 3.3)

by Francisco Faria -

  • Is your city considering implementing similar measures? Which ones?

Even though there is a push in Lisbon to change the overall mobility choices, most measures are still in early stages.

As for traffic management, there is a system that coordinates the traffic lights in the main areas of Lisbon. This optimisation is aimed at reducing the delays to cars.

In reply to Kristin Tovaas

Re: Task 4 (Module 3.3)

by Predrag Živanović -

Has your city implemented similar traffic and mobility management measures?

The City of Belgrade have tried to implemented public bike scheme, but the first attempt was a failure. Nonetheless, the idea of a public bike scheme is live again and there is a new implementation plan for this year with 150 stations for bike rent. Alongside with this the City will add 200 bike parking points and build 120km of cycling lanes. The TRACE project tools (apps) will be used as a mean to promote this public bike campaign. The City will try to learn from its own good practice in implementation of ITS system in public transport (vehicle management, fare collection and real-time passenger information system called BusPlus) and try to make similar system for public bike.

There is no estimation of the possible impact of these measures on congestion. If any, impacts could arise locally on some part of transport network. 


In reply to Kristin Tovaas

Re: Task 4 (Module 3.3)

by Amiram Rotem -
  • Has your city implemented similar traffic and mobility management measures? If so:

We implemented cycle lanes ,wherever it was possible, agented to all the lRT that was builded and will be build.

A Pedestrian Only Zone was implemented in a small part of the city center.

A Low Emission Zone in the city center is now on the planning phase

A cycle renting scheme is delayed due to it’s used on Shabat and Holidays.

A cable-car scheme is develop for partly replacing buses and car traffic in the Old City basin

  • What impact have the measure(s) had on congestion?

    The impact was not fully determent yet , but today about 150,000 passengers a day use the first line of the LRT

  • Was there a strong debate before and/or after implementation? If so, what were the arguments that were made?

    Most of the arguments were about the budget allocation : where and when to put the budget ? The main deciton was to develop an LRT system the will cover all the city, to build a new fast electric rail line to the city that is now on construction and to improve the road system


In reply to Kristin Tovaas

Re: Task 4 (Module 3.3)

by Simonas Puzonas -

Has your city implemented similar traffic and mobility management measures?

Yes. City bikes, speed limit zones.

What impact have the measure(s) had on congestion?

There is no significant impact. Many transit transport in central area.

Was there a strong debate before and/or after implementation? If so, what were the arguments that were made?

No debate occurred. When we doing plans, participation of key groups was always well accepted. Population have no competence that a proper understanding of the plans.

In reply to Kristin Tovaas

Re: Task 4 (Module 3.3)

by Daniel Álvarez Varela -

Has your city implemented similar traffic and mobility management measures?

León has a SUMP since 2011 in the idea to implant a tranway and reduce the use of the car, the SUMP is developed in the calm traffic measures but the tramway was cancelled and redesigned only in the north part of the city. In the same way the city council installed roundabouts in the most part of crossroads, removing the tradiciotal traffic lights.

What impact have the measure(s) had on congestion?

At first the drivers critizised the measure but today it's a good decision to improve the traffic. The calm zones are not plenty developed.

Was there a strong debate before and/or after implementation? If so, what were the arguments that were made?

A big debate around the tramway and the new mobilities policies is created in the city, it's so important that the central line of the tramway was cancelled.


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