Urban Mobility after Covid-19: Long-term strategies for the sustainable mobility transition in European cities

12 Apr 2021, 09:00 - 10:30

The Covid-19 crisis and the need for creating safe and socially-distanced transport have accelerated the mobility transition in many European cities. Tactical measures such as the introduction of new cycling lanes, pedestrian areas and low traffic zones were rolled out in record time. However, often these have been stand-alone initiatives that are not part of a long-term strategy for the transition to sustainable mobility. 

Departing from the capacity for urban transformation witnessed in recent months, this webinar explores how cities across Europe can develop more robust, long-term mobility plans, enabling them to contribute to the EU’s 2030 and 2050 climate targets.

The objective is to examine both opportunities for accelerating change – from multi-stakeholder partnerships to social innovation – as well as barriers to long-term planning and transformation – from public acceptance to political, legal and technical limitations. The first webinar will offer a general debate on long-term urban mobility planning for a faster and more just green transition in cities.

The session brings together local policymakers, practitioners and researchers, including a keynote intervention from Emilia Smeds, a Researcher at University College London who is working on the SUMP-PLUS project.

Following the keynote interventions, experts will provide first reactions and subsequently there will be an open discussion with all participants. There will be English-Catalan translation. Note that this webinar will be followed by two further ones on the same broad topic that take the conversation forward

Register here for the session and see the programme below. It is also available to download here.


Opening remarks, 09:00
Pol Morillas, Director, CIDOB

Laia Bonet, Third Deputy Mayor for the 2030 Agenda and Digital Transformation, Sports and Territorial and Metropolitan Coordination, Barcelona City Council

Session 1: Long-term policy planning for a faster and more just urban mobility transition

  • Moderator, Hannah Abdullah, Research Fellow, Global Cities Programme, CIDOB

Keynote interventions, 09.15 – 09.45

  • Emilia Smeds, Researcher, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, University College London & H2020 CIVITAS SUMP-PLUS Project
  • Daniel Helldén, Vice Mayor for Transport, City of Stockholm
  • Rosa Alarcón, Councillor for Mobility, Barcelona City Council

First reactions, 09.45 – 10.00

  • Peter Staelens, Senior Project Coordinator Mobility, Eurocities
  • Thomas Avanzata, Senior Director Europe, UITP (The International Association of Public Transport)
  • Maruxa Cardama, Secretary General, SLoCaT Partnership

Discussion, 10.00-10.30

  • All participants are invited to contribute.

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