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With the contribution of the LIFE programme of the European Union - LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611

Karlsruhe: ensuring the success of future urban mobility

More people are now living and working in cities. With the current trend of urbanisation, the importance of cities and urban areas continues to grow. Due to this, cities are facing ever greater social challenges in respect of the environment, transport and social cohesion.

The Urban Agenda for the EU recognises that increasing populations in urban areas are challenging local transport systems and aims to identify measures that will improve transport in our cities. Based on the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, the Urban Agenda and its 12 partnerships focuses on the three pillars of EU policy making: implementing better regulation, better funding and better knowledge.

Karlsruhe is the most appropriate example to ensure the success of future mobility. Karlsruhe brings long-standing expertise in international transport projects with a special strength in the development and coordination of cross-border transportation and supplies expertise in developing sustainable and low-emission transport strategies. Thus, Karlsruhe’s transportation networks can continue to grow and support the quickly urban populations, as its mobility expertise consist of a variety of innovative mobility solutions.

Urban mobility is currently facing an environment of changing circumstances including climate change, the search for fossil fuel alternatives, the advancing urbanisation and the crisis of public budgets.  Thus, mobility must be viewed in social as well as technical terms, focusing on people’s mobility demands and taking their individual life situation into account.

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The LIFE GYM [LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611] project is co-funded by the LIFE programme, the EU financial instrument for the environment.


The sole responsibility for the content of this report lies with the authors. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union. Neither the EASME nor the European Commission are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.


Start Date: 15 September 2015 – Duration: 35 months

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