Towards a new culture for urban mobility

15 February 2008  •  Author(s): Fotis Karamitsos, Director Logistics, Innovation, Co-Modality & Maritime Transport, DG Transport and Energy, European Commission

With the majority of European Union citizens living in urban areas, the challenges of urban mobility are a key concern for the European Commission. However, growing transport demands may negatively affect our quality of life and our economy. Cities all across Europe face similar problems of congestion, road safety, security, air and noise pollution and climate change due to CO2 emissions.

For instance, in the EU as a whole, road congestion costs an average 1% of our Gross Domestic Product annually, as it disrupts commuting and freight transport. In the meantime, the main environmental issues in towns and cities stem from the domination of oil as a transport fuel, which generates CO2 and air pollutant emissions with the resulting negative impact on citizens’ health. In fact, urban mobility is responsible for 40% of CO2 emissions in road transport and 70% of emissions of other pollutants arising from road transport. Our citizens’ safety is also affected: two in three road accidents and one in three road fatalities now happen in urban areas. How must we rethink urban mobility to guarantee quality of life and economic development in our towns and cities?

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