Urban Mobility Patterns: Waag Society's real-time project in Amsterdam 2010
Efficient and effective urban mobility can significantly contribute to overall socio-economic objectives, energy dependency, or concerns over climate change. Urban mobility policies are therefore becoming of increasing importance to national governments. As recently as 2005, India drafted a National Urban Transport Policy aimed at providing a transport system that would "save lives, time and money" and enable Indian cities to realise their full potential as "Engines" of India's economic growth. The European Commission adopted an Action Plan on urban mobility on 30 September 2009. The Action Plan proposes twenty measures to encourage and help local, regional and national authorities in achieving their goals for sustainable urban mobility. With the Action Plan, the European Commission presents for the first time a comprehensive support package in the field of urban mobility. Local, regional and national authorities are free to use this support, and the tools that will be offered. By doing so, they will be better equipped to address the challenge of sustainable urban mobility, which will facilitate their policy making. In addition, Europe's citizens and companies will benefit from this on a daily basis.