TAKING STEPS TOWARDS LIVEABLE CITIES AT CITYWALK SYMPOSIUM
On November 28, 2017 the projects transnational Symposium took place in Conference congress centre in the Dominican monastery Ptuj, Slovenia. The Symposium, hosted by the projects lead partner, the Scientific Research Centre Bistra Ptuj, was a midterm thematic and publicity event that served as a platform for higher level consultation forum for experts, EU level actors, policy-makers and to enrich project outcome. The symposium addressed the obstacles of sustainable forms of mobility in the cities. In the course of the Danube Transnational Program capitalisation strategy, this event provided the opportunity to create synergies in the field of sustainable mobility.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR WALKABILITY IN SZEGED AND VALENCIA
Recent fast urbanisation has brought numerous challenges to our cities – overcrowding, noise, and air pollution. The use of motorised vehicles requires increasing amounts of space, which drastically reduces the quality of living in the city. To improve the sustainability of urban mobility, cities develop environmentally friendly public transit systems and bicycle infrastructure. However, improving the simplest and most basic type of mobility – walking – has long been neglected.
An article on the study conducted in the framework of project CityWalk on "Opportunities for walkability in Szeged and Valencia" written by CityWalk project partners Petra Szűcs, Miklós Lukovics and Béla Kézy aims to answer how is the concept of walkability interpreted in middle-sized European cities.
PARTNERS LEARNING ON A SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY DEVELOPMENT IN DANUBE AREA
Partners and thematic experts of the CityWalk project met in Weiz (April 23–25, 2018) for a technical expert workshop linked with the capitalization & capacity building workshop.
The focus was on the transnational learning and exchange of experiences in a field of sustainable mobility. Its goal was accomplished: identifying common challenges among the Danube area in the field of Sustainable Transport Solutions and Mobility (Thematic Pole 6), with a special focus on the contribution to the ideas, common recommendations and solutions for the EU Strategy for the Danube Region Priority Area 1b - to improve mobility and multi-modality.
Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free, citizen-led walking conversations inspired by Jane Jacobs. Some CityWalk partners decided to join this global initiative and encourage local people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours among the walkers:
CityWalk project helps cities in the Danube Region to reduce emissions, noise and to become safer, better places to live, by increasing the role of more sustainable forms of mobility in the urban transport mix, especially active transport forms – like walking and biking. To do so the main focus of project is to improve the key conditions of walkability.
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