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EU Urban Intergroup event to debate role of micromobility

The European Parliament’s Urban Intergroup and Micro-Mobility for Europe (MMfE) are hosting a debate on the role of micromobility in the New Urban Mobility Framework (NUMF).

Titled – What’s next for active and micromobility? – the event will take place at the European Parliament on Tuesday 07 March.

The New Urban Mobility Framework seeks to make urban mobility more sustainable, smart and healthy.

As the framework progresses, and with increased activities in the urban mobility field such as the adoption of the European Parliament’s resolution for a common Cycling Strategy, panellists will discuss subjects such as how the potential of active and shared micromobility be maximised in a safe way, and what EU institutions can do to encourage local authorities to consider active and shared micromobility.  

Speakers include MEP Andrey Novakov, TRAN Rapporteur on the INI Report on NUMF; MEP Ciarán Cuffe, Shadow Rapporteur on NUMF; Pauline Aymonier, Micro-Mobility for Europe Co-Chair; Pedro Homem de Gouveia, Senior Policy and Project Manager, POLIS; and TRAN Shadow Rapporteur and Vice President of the Urban Intergroup, Andreas Schieder.  

Safe, active and micromobility are among the key topics in the new framework for urban mobility. 

Ahead of the event, Andrey Novakov, gave Zag Daily a snapshot on the current state of play with the INI Report and on the role of micromobility. 

“Transport is a complex system, as people have different needs and priorities and they deserve to be offered a variety of affordable, competitive and efficient solutions,” said Novakov. “The more forms of mobility we use, including active and micromobility, the more vulnerable road users we have. 

“Safety is not just a task, but a right. In order to ensure it for everyone, we need to draw up common and coordinated recommendations on urban road safety, to work towards harmonised technical standards for micromobility, as well as to guarantee the enforcement of current rules.” 

This debate follows the first edition in January 2023 of an event series that looks at the role of micromobility in the urban context. 

The first event tackled a range of topics, from the definition of micromobility, to the need to improve infrastructure and work towards technical standards. 

Pauline Aymonier, Co-Chair of Micro-Mobility for Europe, told Zag: “As cities across Europe are looking to redesign their transport networks, it is important to recognise the vital role that shared micromobility can play in that process alongside other modes. 

“With that said, the impact of our industry’s action will only really make a change if implemented together with our partners at city, government and European levels, in a collective effort to create people-centric cities. We therefore call on policy-makers to see micromobility as an enabling innovation that complements other modes like public transport and cycling, and to invest in the appropriate level of infrastructure to encourage the uptake of more sustainable transport.”

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