The Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI) and the urban mobility SOLUTIONS network are calling for cities from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America to become involved as leading city, take-up city or training participants

The SOLUTIONS network and the UEMI are looking for take-up cities to work together on the implementation of sustainable urban mobility measures. This is part of a new partnership with the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC) and the European Green Vehicles Initiative (EGVI) as part of the EU-funded project FUTURE-RADAR.

As part of an effort to deliver on the New Urban Agenda the team invites cities to help assessing the opportunities for sustainable mobility concepts in their wider context of sustainable urban development. The mission of the SOLUTIONS and UEMI partnerships is to support the take-up of sustainable urban mobility solutions in cities across the world and foster the integration of urban electric mobility solutions into sustainable transport strategies.
Join the global effort !

A wide range of cities will be involved throughout the different project phases. The focus will predominantly be on ‘second-tier’ cities, rather than mega-cities. The regions targeted represent different levels of maturity in terms of experience with sustainable urban mobility related actions. This will be addressed by adopting different approaches for these regions. Cities, as well as local and national officials can now apply to become involved in the UEMI and the SOLUTIONS network for one of the different city categories.

Further details are here:



First certified speed pedelec helmets now available

On 13-1-2017 the first speed pedelec helmets have received a NTA 8776 certificate. This means that these helmets are officially suitable for use on a speed pedelec in the Netherlands.

So far,the NTA 8776 certificate is only valid in the Netherlands and the requirement for speed pedelec riders to use a NTA 8776 certified helmet is only applicable in this one member state. In Belgium for instance, speed pedelec riders are allowed to use a bicycle helmet.

On the NEN speed pedelec page you can find an overview of issued certificates and an overview of frequently asked questions concerning NTA 8776 helmets.

There are currently two certified helmets: Cratoni Vigor and Bontrager Rally Mips.


CO2 mitigation measures for transport will not achieve climate ambitions

Current and foreseeable policies to mitigate carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions from global transport activity will not suffice to achieve the international community’s climate ambitions, a new study published by the International Transport Forum (ITF) finds.

Continued strong growth in demand for mobility means that even in the most optimistic scenario, transport CO2 emissions in 2050 will still be at 2015 levels of around 7.5 giga-tonnes, according to projections published in the ITF Transport Outlook 2017.

This scenario already assumes that new technologies and changed behaviour lead to significantly less CO2 being emitted in relation to the total distance travelled. In the ITF Transport Outlook’s less optimistic baseline scenario, a doubling of global transport demand will lead to an increase of transport CO2 emissions of 60% between 2015 and 2050.

“We need to both accelerate innovation and make radical policy choices to decarbonise transport”, said ITF Secretary-General José Viegas on the occasion of the launch.

“Technology will  provide about 70% of the possible CO2 reductions to 2050. The rest will come from doing things differently, and this is where there is still a lot of potential. We need to think much harder about things like shared mobility, changes in supply chains and even new transport modes.”

A key factor for the difficulty in reducing transport CO2 emissions over the long run is shifting global trade patterns. As trade moves to regions with a lack of rail or waterway infrastructure, greenhouse gas emissions from road freight will almost double. Driven by more trade among the region’s emerging economies, freight transport on intra-Asian routes will grow particularly strongly, by 250% to 2050. Operational measures such as truck-sharing, route optimisation or relaxation of delivery windows to optimise use of transport capacity would help to mitigate the emission increases here.

Urban mobility is another area of concern. Car use in cities is set to double by 2050, as fast-growing emerging economies meet mobility demand. According to the ITF analysis, cities can keep the number of cars constant at the 2015 level if they act now to put in place integrated land-use and transport policies, use pricing to manage mobility patterns and invest in accessibility through public transport.

“With the right policy mix, even fast-growing cities will be in a position provide today’s level of mobility to citizens but in a more sustainable way”, notes Jari Kauppila, Head of Modelling and Statistics at ITF.

United States Trade Representative considering additional custom duties on European exports of motorcycles

The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) is deeply concerned about the current decision of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to consider imposing additional customs duties of up to 100% on European motorcycle exports between 51cc and 500cc as of March 2017. This potential measure follows a formal petition to the USTR from the American beef industry, which has requested the opening of a Section 301 proceeding under the 1974 US Trade Act. This seeks to impose additional duties on EU exports to the US as a retaliatory measure against EU restrictions on American beef imports.

The new motorcycle tariff currently under consideration could not only inflict considerable damage to European companies that manufacture goods used by American citizens for both leisure and mobility. It would also negatively affect US small- and medium- enterprises that provide distribution, dealership and repair services, and could potentially lead to the destruction of thousands of jobs in the US.

ACEM, in line with the motorcycle sector at large in Europe and in the United States, calls on the USTR to properly assess this potential measure and to avoid creating an artificial and counterproductive trade barrier that will certainly not encourage a favourable resolution of the beef dispute and that will be damaging for both the EU and the US economies.

ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot said: “There is no justification for this measure, and the motorcycle sector should not be dragged into trade disputes over food products. ACEM, as the representative of motorcycle manufacturers in Europe, is following this issue closely and presented its observations before the USTR to obtain an immediate exclusion of European motorcycles from the list of products subject to increased duties”.

“We should be looking for new opportunities to promote transatlantic commerce and increase prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic, instead of creating new artificial barriers that hurt European companies, reduce American consumers’ choice and harm jobs in the US”.

“Unilateral measures such as this one will not encourage a favourable resolution of the beef dispute. ACEM calls on the USTR to properly assess the potential measure and counts on the support of the European Commission to ensure that European companies can compete in the US market on fair terms and are not hindered by artificial and counterproductive trade barriers”.

4th European Cycle Logistics Federation Conference, Vienna, Austria – 20/21 March 2017

cycle-logistics-conference-vienna-2Annick Roetynck, AVERE Policy Manager for Light Electric Vehicles at AVERE, the European Electromobility Association  is presenting at the European Cycle Logistics Federation Conference in Vienna, Austria on 20/21 March 2017 (

She will be talking about rules and regulations governing cargo bikes in Europe.

The conference will showcase best practice in cycle logistics, highlight support needed and define the strategy required to implement successful cycle logistics solutions and initiatives. The conference programme includes plenary sessions led by leading experts & speakers and targeted streamed sessions aimed at Municipalities, Businesses & Associations and Domestic Users. Supporting the programme will be an exhibition area offering delegates the chance to talk with leading manufacturers, suppliers and associated organisations. In addition, there will be a dedicated session allowing delegates to try out the latest cargo bikes.

Register of Initiatives in Pedal Powered Logistics (RIPPL) are carrying out an inquiry into the best practices in cycle logistics in Europe. Nationally and internationally there are many initiatives concerning (e-)cargo bikes for clean city logistics. Sharing examples of best practice will help the development of cycle logistics in general, so we would like to hear from you. The link to the survey is here

RIPPL runs alongside the LEVV-LOGIC project by the Universities of Applied Sciences of Amsterdam and Rotterdam; click here for more information:
In addition, RIPPL also complements the LEVV-NL project, which is a further elaboration of a survey conducted in March / April 2016 by the European Cycle Logistics Federation.


TRB-Meeting on Emerging Vehicles for Low Speed Transportation

The American Transportation Research Board (TRB) is holding its Annual Meeting in Washington DC. This is the largest meeting of transportation professionals and researchers, with more than 11,000 attendees. In this framework, there will be a meeting of the Subcommittee on Emerging Vehicles for Low Speed Transportation (e.g., e-bikes).

Importantly, if you are interested but unable to attend in person, you can tune into live Youtube stream (which will also be archived):

The meeting takes place on Tuesday 10 January from 3:45-5:30 PM (EST). Chris Cherry and Geoff Rose will co-chair the meeting.

For more details, contact Chris Cherry,