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The kick-off for the RideSafeUM project, led by CARNET, took place on 13 January. This initiative, co-funded by EIT Urban Mobility, is born in response to the need to make micromobility safer and encourage increased ridership of what have become key modes for the future of our mobility systems. The project will bring micromobility safety benefits to users, public authorities, and operators through the use of innovative technology. Micromobility has grown exponentially in our cities. While bicycles...

A consortium of European partners joined forces last year with seven cities (Lisbon, Setúbal, Sant Cugat, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Helmond, and Eindhoven) to improve their accessibility and space efficiency. At the beginning of 2021, they launched a pilot project named SmartHubs, where they test and validate mobility hub solutions that bring sustainable transportation options together in their municipalities. In 2022, the consortium will keep working towards better connectivity across the various transportation modes. The smart mobility hubs are...

The Municipality of Barcelona has already promoted diverse projects related to children in the urban environment. Now, with the project "Protegim les Escoles" (Let’s Protect the Schools), the goal is to tackle the safety of the school’s surroundings and to decrease the proven negative effects of pollution (acoustic and atmospheric) in children’s development. Thus, the Barcelona municipality has set this project as a high-priority strategy to provide Barcelona schools with safe, comfortable, and healthy public spaces...

The General Consulate of Hungary organized the "Smart Cities: Smart Future" workshop and networking event on 18 November 2021 in collaboration with the Digitális Jólét Program Nonprofit Ltd. (#DigitalSuccessProgramme) and #HiQGlobal. The event was held at Real Club de Tennis in Barcelona and the line-up was packed with smart city experts. To start with, Joan Duran Bofarull, Director General for Innovation and Digitalization from Generalitat de Catalunya, and Dóra Zakar, from Digitális Jólét Program, delivered keynotes speeches,...

For the seventh consecutive year, CARNET is organising the "Symposium on “Urban Mobility Challenges”. CARNET will bring together speakers from the industrial sector and the academic world, to present their knowledge of new technologies and the latest innovations related to mobility. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on mobility during the last year. Lockdowns, as well as face-to-face and social restrictions, were imposed all over the world. Europeans, Americans, and the rest of the world are attempting to return...

The Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) Workshop, organized by CARNET in collaboration with EIT Urban Mobility, AMB, and MITMA, talked about how LEZ will be the tool to achieve sustainable mobility management and meet the 2030 agenda climate action goals focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The workshop was held in a hybrid format from the main auditorium of Torre Glòries, the headquarters of the EIT Urban Mobility in Barcelona, and was retransmitted online as well. The implementation...

The 2020-2025 mobility plan for ATM has been approved by Catalonia’s government. This document, created with the technical assistance of CARNET, develops a sustainable mobility map for Barcelona’s metropolitan area, stepping forward into the future and the digital transition by creating a new strategy that integrates optimization of the infrastructure network, quality, and the environment where its located. The plan includes the following main axis: Citizen’s health. Gender perspective in mobility. Social aspects and accessibility. Digitation and...

Held in Prague on September 2-6, CARNET participated in the fourth General Assembly of EIT Urban Mobility. During the session, the latest activities of the consortium were presented. Monika Bachofner, acting as interim Chief Operating Officer, handed over the mantle to Juan Carlos Espada. The KIC management team thanked Monika Bachofner for her valuable work in KIC Urban Mobility. Running alongside were various specific workshops including a session in which 160 project ideas were presented for the next call in...

We welcome ELISAVA as a new CARNET industrial partner. Established in 1961, it was the first design school to be launched in Spain. ELISAVA is a leading institution in design studies, both at local and international level, with a professional approach. It is a centre of excellence, and a pioneer in providing the official degrees established by the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). ELISAVA promotes education, knowledge, research, development, and innovation in the fields of design, engineering, and communication. The...

Launch of the MaaS Manifesto MaaS Catalonia is an initiative launched with the main aim of generating a space for debate, expert analysis, knowledge sharing, development of opportunities, and projects relating to MaaS in Catalonia. MaaS Catalonia calls on all public and private stakeholders to participate and come up with proposals, in a constructive and open way, in a framework of cooperation. Our first initiative was to launch the "MaaS Manifesto", released on May 28, a document that sets out seven principles...