Call For Papers

Name: Position: Organisation: Address: Email: Telephone: Fax: Title of Presentation: Summary Emission Free Routes Many cities never use cycling and cycling planning as a means of regulating of emissions (CO2, NOx Noise). European policies now oblige cities to act. With the introduction of a Main Network for Emission Free Traffic, existing and new modes of transport that do not emit will be better accommodated to move around in the city. This new type of thinking about infrastructure provides an attractive alternative to car drivers – who are disencouraged to enter city centers – to choose emission free modes rather than other motorized alternatives. The Main Network for Emission Free Traffic stands in the tradition on the Main Network for cars, the Main Network for public transport and the Main Network for bicycles. Velo Mondial promotes the implementation of these plans with many local actors in industry, business and universities. This emission free network will be different from existing networks for car, public transport end bicycles. It will provide fast free-flow routes for short and mediumdistance journeys on which cyclist and other nonemission modes like electric cars, segways, bicycles, freight-bicycles, skates, trams have priority. For example, there will be a green corridor, giving the right of way at traffic lights. It not only accommodates these modes it also aims at improving the air quality, since it will replace car trips by modes of transport that do not have emission, and by replacing car lanes by ‘Non Pascal van den Noort Executive Director Velo Mondial / Amsterdam Cycling Capital Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 20 1017 RR Amsterdam +31206270675

Background & Objectives

Emission Lanes’. This network will be integral part of the Main Bicycle and Car Network, and will also at times public transport (tram or trolley) networks. It will play an important part in urban transport and will interconnect the main transport interchanges, the major employment areas and various city amenities, institutes of education and shopping centers. Implementation & Results Velo Mondial promotes this type of thinking and does this when possible in the context of various consortia such as Amsterdam Cycling Capital, Mimosa, Spicycles and Optimimum 2. Various projects are planned in the years to come, including campaigns, rankings, seminars, conferences and master classes. Most of the time cities are the partners. Whether or not this Emission Free Network will come into existence is not at the heart of this debate. It is about positioning emission free traffic in a world where cities grapple with every opportunity to accommodate its citizens. Conflicting interest of private motorized transport, freight transport, public transport and emission free transport all contribute in one way or another to the quality of life of individual citizens. In order to accommodate the whole of a city’s individuals, measures are made and all these measures have to be implemented, like measures for emission levels. Also the practical reality of ‘space’ in a city becomes a more and more rare commodity when the city population increases as does the number of its visitors. Emission free infrastructure accommodates many of the objectives.


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