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European conference on urban transport, energy and intermodality

A major European conference on urban transport, energy and intermodality will take place in Bilbao, Spain, on 24-26 April 1996. The conference is being organized by the city of Bilbao, in collaboration with Bilbao's partner cities in the JUPITER consortium, the European Commis...

24 April 1996 - 24 April 1996
Spain

A major European conference on urban transport, energy and intermodality will take place in Bilbao, Spain, on 24-26 April 1996. The conference is being organized by the city of Bilbao, in collaboration with Bilbao's partner cities in the JUPITER consortium, the European Commission's Directorate General for Energy (DG XVII), and the European Commission's Directorate General for Transport (DG VII).

JUPITER (Joint Urban Project In Transport Energy consumption) is an initiative aimed at developing energy-efficient transport policies through collaboration between cities in different EU Member States. JUPITER-1, which started in 1993 and ends in 1996, includes demonstration projects in the cities of Aalborg (Denmark), Bilbao (Spain), Florence (Italy), Gent (Belgium), Liverpool (UK) and Patra (Greece). The project is supported by the European Commission through the THERMIE programme.

JUPITER-2 plans to develop and extend the work over the period 1997 to 1999, and will incorporate additional cities including Heidelberg (Germany) and Nantes (France). JUPITER's demonstration projects involve integrated measures covering many different aspects of urban transport, including public transport systems, traffic management control, parking and land use policy.

Cities throughout Europe face common problems of increasing pressure on urban space and movement as a result of continued growth in the use of private cars. The consequences of such growth are very familiar and include intolerable levels of traffic congestion, difficulties for public transport users, cyclists and pedestrians and adverse environmental conditions. At a global level, this process increases the consumption of energy and contributes to global warming. Common solutions to these problems are urgently required for the benefit of all the citizens of Europe.

The aim of the conference is to offer a forum for the sharing of experiences between cities and other actors involved in urban transport projects designed to address the above problems. The needs for the future development of balanced transport policies will also be considered through the discussion of two main themes of direct relevance to the transport aspects of the European Union's Fourth Framework Programme for research and technological development:

- The implementation of urban transport policies resulting in a more rational use of energy;
- The development of efficient inter-modal transport policies and infrastructure in urban areas.

The conference will be addressed by representatives of the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament, representatives of the Committee of the Regions, and representatives of the city authorities. Technical sessions covering the two main conference themes will present the results of a variety of European city projects, and technical visits to see the Bilbao projects will be organized.

The conference will be of interest to all those concerned with the development and implementation of innovative urban transport policies in the cities of Europe, including political representatives and technical experts in European, national, regional and city institutions, representatives of the transport industries and researchers.
Anyone interested in attending the conference, in receiving further details when they become available, or in presenting a paper of relevance to one of the two conference themes, is invited to contact:

Transport and Travel Research Ltd.
Ms. Cathy Talbot
Conference programme organizer
16 Bore Street
Litchfield
Staffordshire WS13 6LL
United Kingdom
Tel. +44-1543-416416; Fax +44-1543-416681
E-mail: 100664.427@compuserve.com