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Malbork buys further rental pedelecs - ELMOS activities completed

In December 2015, the Municipality of Malbork bought nine further pedelecs. They can be lent by inhabitants and guests from spring 2015 and in the coming years, e.g. at the “Sail & bike” rental station at Malrbork’s marina at the Nogat river. With their purchase, the local ELMOS activities were finalized.

Please find an overview on the main activities and outcomes of the ELMOS project in Malbork, which involved besides new e-mobility offers also a comprehensive re-organisation of the traffic in the inner city in favour of (e-)bikes and pedestrians, here

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Trabki Wielkie: ELMOS activities in ended in Dec 2014

With an update of the local (e-)bike map for inhabitants and tourists, which contains now also the new charging facilities for pedelecs, the Municipality of Trabki Wielkie finalised its ELMOS activities by 31 Dec 2014. 

Please find an overview on the main activities and outcomes of the ELMOS project in Trabki Wielkie in here

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Value added of the Elmos project in the city of Szczecin

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Provision of pedelecs by the PUMA association within the framework of the ELMOS project for the employees of the Szczecin City Office resulted in an increased interest of employees. The city decision makers, observing the financial benefits and time savings, decided to buy 4 pedelecs which are now currently used while performing daily tasks of the city services department. The employees, whose job description contains a number of field inspection visits, can save time and money which used to be spent on car journeys.

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ELMOS project – an inspiration for the development of the Intelligent Specialization of the Pomeranian Voivodeship

38 entities, including private businesses, institutes of higher learning and NGOs established a partnership which filed a proposition to consider electric mobility as an important aspect of the Intelligent Specialization of the Pomeranian Voivodeship. The development of technologies assuring an increase of e-mobility options in the overall transport system of the region has substantially increased the strength of the proposed specialization.

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Review: Smart Mobility Festival - 11-13th September 2014

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The participants of the 5th Congress of Active Mobility in Gdansk, besides taking part in theoretical sessions, could also test electrically powered vehicles at a specially prepared exhibition. Domestic and foreign exhibitors offered over 40 types of pedelecs for use. Electrically powered cars have also attracted a lot of attention – they were presented by an ecological lightning - „Fisker Karma” and an urban smart car type: Renault ZOE. The attention of representatives of local self-governments was attracted by small, practical vehicle such as the MELEX range, with a wide scope of applications to work in small urban areas.

During the three days the Smart Mobility Festival was visited by nearly 1000 people, of whom 60% were the residents of the city of Gdansk.

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Review: Electrified participants of the 5th Congress of Active Mobility in Gdansk

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On 11th and 12th September the fifth edition of the Congress of Active Mobility was held in the Amber Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre. This event, the largest such congress in Central Europe devoted to the promotion of reshaping towns and cities into active mobility friendly towns and cities has assembled over 350 participants. The organization of the event has allowed to use the financial resources of the EU used in the ELMOS project implemented from the resources of the South Baltic Programmer sources.

As usual, the congress was attended by local self-government activists, urban development experts, road makers public urban transport and local rapid transit system operators, representatives of institutions of higher learning and business, cycling officers of Polish towns and cities, cycling advocates as well as by pedestrian traffic promoters, journalists and residents interested in the discussion.

The programme of the first day of the congress assumed the participation in plenary sessions and discussion panels devoted to sustainable e-mobility, intermodality, zero-emission transport and international co-operation in European programmes promoting various forms of e-mobility. The promotion of such forms of transport was shown by Polish authors not as an aim by itself, but as a tool in improvement of the quality of life and counteracting the risks resulting from civilisation diseases  and as an important factor influencing the reduction of CO2 emissions.

The experiences accumulated from the implementation of e-mobility were presented mostly by the representatives of the European countries such as Germany and France, where electrically propelled vehicles are an important element of the transportation system.

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Review: E-mobility seminar in the Warmian and Mazurian region

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On 8th October 2014 the Polish Union of Active Mobility (PUMA) organised e-mobility workshop for the representatives of the city of Elblag and the Regional Office of the Marshall’s Office of the Warmian-Mazurian region.

Within the framework of theoretical considerations we have presented the principal assumptions of the ELMOS project and the e-mobility as such, as well as benefits from their implementation in small and medium sized cities. The second stage consisted in practical training in servicing and riding electrically assisted bicycles (pedelecs), which have been offered for use by the employees of the city office and of the Marshall’s Office within the framework of the project.

A large number of journalists have kept asking, why the pedelecs found their way to Elblag and not anywhere else? The clue was very simple – responded Rafal Glazik – chairman of the meeting- first of all Elblag is located within the range of influence of the South Baltic Programme, which is the source of co-financing of the ELMOS project, besides that Elblag is a member of the Polish Union of Active Mobility – the beneficiary of the project.

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Trabki Wielkie in International Congress of Active Mobility 2014

Justyna is testing an electric folding bike (© Municipality of Trabki Wielkie)

A representative of the municipality of Trabki Wielkie took part in International Congress of Active Mobility.

The event took place on 11-12.09.2014 in Gdansk Congress and Exhibition Centre  AMBEREXPO.

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Electric mobility strategy in Trabki Wielkie

The commune of Trabki Wielkie has an electric mobility strategy for the years 2014-2020.

The strategy includes the general characteristics of the municipality, SWOT analysis, mission, vision and strategic goals.

The full version of the strategy will be available on the website
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Induction loops in Trabki Wielkie

induction loops (© Municipality of Trabki Wielkie)

The municipality of Trabki Wielkie has two induction loops in Sobowidz and in Postolowo.

Thanks to induction loops it is easier to get to know about cycling habits of the citizens.

The device automatically counts the movement of cyclists.
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Attractive space form in the Municipality of Trabki Wielkie

Bicycle rack (© Municipality of Trabki Wielkie)

Bicycle rack with decorative trumpets is located in front of the Municipal Office.

It is suitable for pedelecs and traditional bicycles.

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Charging station for electric bicycles in the municipality of Trabki Wielkie

pedelec charging station (© Municipality of Trabki Wielkie)

The municipality of Trabki Wielkie has a charging station for electric bicycles.
Charging station was opened for public.

It is located at the Municipal Office Building.

Residents and travellers can recharge pedelecs for free.

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Smart Mobility Festival – Festival of Intelligent Mobility

From 11th to 13th September 2014 the Polish Union of Active Mobility (PUMA) invites all residents of Gdansk and visitors to the AmberExpo Exhibition and Convention Centre at the Zaglowa Street No. 11 to the “Smart Mobility Festival” (Festival of Intelligent Mobility), an event accompanying the fifth edition of the Congress of Active Mobility.

It will be possible to test riding on a variety of vehicles at a specially prepared track with a ramp: traditional bicycles with innovative accessories, electrically assisted bikes offered by many different producers, Segways, Melexes and electrically powered cars. It is worth to pay special attention to the possibility of a test ride on a designers bike developed by the students of the Sopot High School, with an in-built alarm system, a GPS transponder and a solar charger which allows to charge the batteries of mobile electronic devices.

It will also be possible to look at original bicycle parking facilities, overpasses for pedestrians and cyclists, induction loops used to count the number of cyclists at selected points in the city and a number of other interesting technical solutions.

Festival is organised within the framework of the ELMOS project supported from the resources of the European Union, www.elmos-project.eu - Introducing electric mobility as intermodal transport mean in small and medium sized cities in the South Baltic Area.

Free entry  is assured.

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5th Congress of Active Mobility is approaching …

The city of Gdansk and the Polish Union of Active Mobility (PUMA) extend their invitation to take part in the 5th edition of the Congress which looks for solutions and promotes the achievements of local self-governments increasing the share of active forms of mobility in daily life of their residents. Last year it assembled over 350 participants from Poland and abroad. We are convinced that this year we will be able to repeat this success. Please feel invited to the Amber-Expo convention and exhibition centre between 11th and 13th September 2014. 

The intent of the congress organisers and creators of its programme is to make it a platform of presentation of experience and propositions of innovative ways of coping with the challenges of daily mobility and shaping the strategies of development and spatial arrangement of contemporary cities and regions.

It is organised in Pomerania, a region which is on one hand strongly determined to support the process of improvement of conditions of active mobility linked with the public transport network, on the other hand it records an increasing support of such initiatives expressed by local communities. Pomerania becomes increasingly walking and cycling friendly, and to an increasing extent a region of vibrant energy, where active mobility modes are safe and attractive, becoming more and more often the preferred options of daily commuting. It is reflected not only in strategic documents, but also in daily practice of hundreds – thousands of cyclists registered by the induction loops installed near key transport hubs of the city of Gdansk.

Our Congresses give the opportunity of getting acquainted with the knowledge of speakers coming from many countries and cities of the world: those which already enjoy a high quality of life resulting from high share of cycling in the modal split and invest further in activities, intended to increase them, but also those, which are at the beginning of the route leading to sustainable development and advanced quality of life.

The symptoms of radical social and technological changes which we have witnessed during the past 25 years have been amply reflected in the evolution of topics of subsequent Congresses. Considerations about the necessary reshaping of engineering and legal solutions, which used to be subject of greatest interest of beginner cycling cities, have gradually given way to discussions about the ways of shaping behavioural patterns, the object of interest of humanistic and behavioural sciences.

At the first Congress of 2010 Mr. Manfred Neun, the President of the European Cyclists’ Federation, who has since June this year become the chairman of the Steering Committee of the World Cycling Alliance (WCA) formulated the need to change the perspective: instead of looking for the answer to the question: what can the city do for the cyclists? we should focus our attention on looking for the answer to the question: what can the cyclists do for the city?

They can, among others, organise a Congress  – a Congress looking for ways of coping with the challenges of modern urban areas, not limiting to the proposition of implementation of a series of engineering activities to improve cycling conditions of the group of people, who can already cope with the urban traffic.

The Congress planned for this year is going to be fully inscribed in this process – among important elements of its programme we will find the issues concerning the use of e-mobility solutions, among which a prominent place is occupied by pedelecs, propelled with human power supported with energy accumulated in batteries. E-mobility, however, does not concern exclusively the pedelecs, e-cars or e-scooters only – it is also a catalyst of the process of improving the efficiency of use of individual vehicles within the framework of e-car sharing or car pooling schemes.

Spatial planning of our cities, which could lead to the development of cities of short distances  in polycentric agglomerations connected at the local, regional and national level with efficient public communication systems will also be an important element of the congress programme.

The ability to develop partner relationships with important structures of public life – including those operating at an international level is a symptom of maturity of modern business and non-governmental organisations. This year the Congress programme is organically connected with the activities undertaken last year by the Embassy of the Republic of France in Poland within the framework of the Eko-miasto competition.  Our Congress will be an important stage of continuation of that initiative – participation in it constitutes one of conditions of the entire process of selection of innovative self-governments striving to gain the opportunity to take part in study tours to leading cities implementing the policy of development of active forms of mobility in France.

Like any event of this type, the Congress will be a platform of transferring knowledge and experience by the invited speakers, but it will also be a platform of sharing knowledge and creation of a network of connections among the participants. The problems of mobility are often manifested in a similar way – it is reasonable to share good practices implemented at home and to cooperate within the framework of lasting institutional forms, offered to local and regional governments by the PUMA – Polish Union of Active Mobility.

Please feel invited to take part in the debate about the role of active mobility in our cities and encouraged to implement actions, which lead to change them into attractive, life – friendly centres of employment, learning, entertainment and rest.

The Congress of Active mobility is co-finansed by Elmos project implemented as a project of South Baltic Programme.

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Review: E-mobility workshop in Szczecin

E-mobility workshop in Szczecin (© U. M. Szczecin)

On 27th June 2014 e-mobility workshop was organised by the Polish Union of Active Mobility in the seat of the Szczecin City Office within the framework of the ELMOS project financed from the Southern Baltic Programme.

The workshop consisted in a theoretical presentation of Rafa? Glazik: it included a general introduction to the e-mobility issues of the ELMOS project. In the second part of the workshop the participants could practically learn the ways of riding an electrically assisted bike, how to control it and how to recharge its batteries.

The last part of the workshop provided the opportunity to practice the basic drills and take a test ride on a specially designed test track.

The workshop was attended by 15 people, including the Vice president of the city of Szczecin,
Mr Mariusz K?dzio?ka. Two electrically assisted bikes remain at the disposal of the Szczecin City Office: the Department of Transport and the Environmental Protection for the period of 2 months.

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Cycling Event in Trabki Wielkie: “Cool Librarian – Cycling to school”

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On 20 th of May 2014 there was a cycling event in Trabki Wielkie. It was a third edition of the event which is called „Cool Librarian – Cycling to school”. Children from local schools and libraries rode a bicycle to check  points. The end of the tour was a forestry. There were contests, fireplace and entertainment for children. The action was to promote reading books, cycling and e-mobility. Project “ELMOS” was also promoted during the trip. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

 

 

New pedelec for residents of the Commune of Trabki Wielkie

With the arrival of April and nice weather the bicycle season starts. The Commune of Tr?bki Wielkie bought one new pedelec this year. Now, the residents of Tr?bki Wielkie can rent 3 pedelecs. For the residens of the Commune of Tr?bki Wielkie rental for 7 days is free

ELMOS PROJECT on INTRASME Polish Roadshow

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On the 3rd of February 2014 the INTRASME Polish Roadshow was held in Warsaw.

INTRASME (Innovative Transport SME Support Action) is a project funded by the European Commission through the Seventh Framework Programme. The project is aiming at improving the capacity and capability of European SMEs (small and medium enterprises) to more rapidly develop and implement products and services in the low carbon transportation and smart mobility sectors. In particular, support mechanisms will be developed and opportunities identified for SMEs to rapidly bring their innovations to market in these sectors.

During the conference, on the plenary session, the representative of Polish Union of Active Mobility (PUMA) delivered a presentation concerning electric mobility as international transport mean in small and medium sized cities in the South Baltic Area - exemplified by ELMOS project. The presentations were also given by the other INTRASME project partners’.

There was also a promotional stand of the ELMOS project, with information and promotional materials provided available for over 150 participants of the conference.

The aim of the roadshow was to strengthen innovation links in regions’ places: Warsaw, UK, (Midlands) Italy (Piedmont), Bulgaria, Romania, but also to understand the R&D funding opportunities within H2020, to network and create links with potential R&D partners, to demonstrate, through previous participants, benefits that could be realised and to disseminate information on INTRASME’s objectives, results and assistance offered to companies.

More about INTRASME here
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Looking back on the 3rd Congress of Active Mobility in Gdansk

Congress Participants (© PUMA)

On 6-7th September 2012 the Third Congress of Active Mobility was held in the AmberExpo Exhibition and Convention Centre in Gdansk, organised by the City of Gdansk and the Polish Union of Active Mobility (PUMA). The Active Mobility Congress was addressed principally to the innovation oriented local councillors, presidents, mayors and other local government activists. It was also intended to create a platform of co-operation between local politicians, NGOs and businesses. Over 250 people took part in it.

The advantages of electrically assisted bikes (“pedelecs”) were discussed in two presentations offered to the congress participants within the framework of a workshop entitled “Space is for people”: Dr Rozwadowski, an architect from the Gdansk University of Technology spoke about cities in motion – in the context of his expectations about future urban mobility patterns. Furthermore, the assumptions and measures planned for implementation within the framework of the ELMOS project were presented during a workshop entitled “Mobility Projects in the European Union”.

The idea of the third edition of the Active Mobility Congress, like the preceding two events, was to use the experience of cities, regions and countries which have attained the greatest successes in maintaining a high quality of life thanks to the adoption of appropriate principles of local development, with the fullest possible use of active mobility.

The keynote speech was given by Hep Monatzeder, Deputy Mayor of the City of Munich– the city aspiring to the name of the cycling capital of Germany. An important element of the Congress was the debate between the presidents of the four important urban centres of Poland: Gdansk, Krakow, Olsztyn and Szczecin.

The 3rd Congress of Active Mobility has created the opportunity of strengthening various networks of co-operation and will surely bear fruit in the form of implementation of projects, aimed at the new way of looking at the public space and sustainable development of mobility systems in our towns, cities and regions.

The entire programme and presentations of all speakers are available and downloadable from the website of the Congress:

Text by Dr Piotr Kuropatwinski and Rafal Glazik

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„E-Bike Fridays” - promotion of electrically assisted bikes in Malbork and Trabki Wielkie

E-Bike Fridays (© PSWE)

From August until October 2012 the Polish Union of Active Mobility (PUMA) carried out a social campaign under the logo of „E-Bike Fridays”. The campaign was intended to attract the attention of the inhabitants of Pomerania to the benefits resulting from riding electrically assisted bikes (“pedelecs”) in daily life. Promotional activities were carried out in the city of Malbork and in the Trabki Wielkie commune with their organisational support - both are partners in the ELMOS project - and in the Przywidz and Gniewino communes.

The electrically assisted bikes were offered to 207 people, mainly local residents, but also visitors. Particularly favourable opinions about opportunities created by the “pedelecs” were expressed by people, who ride a classical bike on a daily basis and the elderly.  Among the advantages, mentioned by the users, such aspects as the easiness of negotiating hills as well as enjoyment resulting from the possibility of riding without excessive effort to cover longer distances were identified most often.

When the bikes were offered to the amateurs of cycling, organisers carried out a short survey concerning the satisfaction resulting from making a test ride on an electrically assisted bike. 60% of respondents considered riding a “pedelec” as better than expected, 31% considered it as very good while 8% considered the experience as good; one person gave an opinion – rather poor.

The “E-Bike Fridays” campaign was organised by the Polish Union of Active Mobility (PUMA) and the Pomeranian Association Common Europe (PSWE) within the framework of the ELMOS project co-financed from the South Baltic Cross-border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013.

The campaign was supported by the Ignacy Lukasiewicz Foundation of the Polish Oil and Gas Mining Company (PGNIG), read more:   

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Pedelec testing phase in Malbork

The Municipality of Malbork has acquired three pedelecs from Pomeranian Association Common Europe within „ELMOS – Introducing electric mobility as intermodal transport mean in small & medium cities of the South Baltic area” project. "We would like to invite all active inhabitants of our city who are willing to test the pedelecs. Bikes are going to be tested also by municipal officers from the City Council as well as the students from the University of the Third Age" - said the Deputy Mayor Maciej Rusek. The testing phase will begin in July 2012 and the aim is to get feedback from the persons renting and using pedelecs. All the questionnaires received will be analysed and a short report will be created.

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