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What’s happening in the world of local government this week?

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We’ve compiled together some of the most interesting, newsworthy stories of the last week from the local government sector worldwide. We’re just trialling this service out for now, so let us know what you think in the comments below: 

France: Active travel

The Métropole de Lyon has unveiled a new ambitious cycling plan for the years 2023 to 2030, with a budget of 500 million Euros. The plan includes over 60 actions aimed at promoting cycling, improving safety and infrastructure, and supporting new riders. Key initiatives include securing and developing dedicated cycling infrastructure, improving safety for local cyclists, providing training and awareness for new cyclists, and enhancing services for users, such as increasing the number of electric bikes available to local residents. The plan also aims to support the cycling economy by making cycling a more attractive and viable option for everyday travel.
Lyon

Greece, Czech Republic and the UK: Transport infrastructure

Athens is currently working on the construction of its fourth metro line, which is expected to eliminate some 53,000 cars from the road a day. The new line will bring 15 new stations into service by 2029-2030, ultimately increasing the city’s metro system by more than a third. While the project aims to make the city greener and more pedestrian friendly, some residents are concerned about the potential impact on existing public spaces, such as parks and tree-shaded plazas. There have been protests and legal challenges to the construction, and the courts have halted work around certain areas until more research is conducted on the potential effects of the metro construction.
Bloomberg

Meanwhile, Prague City Council has approved the purchase of 69 driverless trains for two of its metro lines. The move marks the beginning of the automation process for the city’s underground network, with new trains expected to be in service by the end of the decade, significantly improving the efficiency and capacity of the metro system. This move is part of a larger effort to modernise and upgrade the Prague’s public transportation infrastructure.
The Mayor

Finally, the West Midlands in the UK is moving towards introducing a new smart travel card, similar to London’s Oyster card, which will allow passengers to pay for travel on different modes of transport with a single card. The new system, called Swift, aims to make public transportation more convenient and accessible for commuters. The West Midlands Combined Authority is investing £12 million in the project, which is expected to roll out in the coming months. This move is part of a broader effort to modernise and improve the region’s public transportation infrastructure, and is seen as a positive step towards creating a more connected and efficient transportation network.
Smart Cities World

Ireland: Smart air quality pilot

The City of Dublin is launching a one-year pilot project to monitor greenhouse gas emissions across the city. The Urban Sense scheme uses a network of low-cost sensors installed on mobile phone masts. The project, led by Terrain-AI and supported by Dublin City Council, aims to help the city achieve its environmental goals as part of the EU Cities Mission. The sensors will provide real-time data on greenhouse gas levels in residential and commercial areas, enabling better-informed decisions on air quality and climate action. The data will also be made publicly available to raise awareness and encourage citizen engagement in environmental issues.
Smart Cities World

 

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