European Mobility Forum starting in Tallinn

The members of EUROCITIES Mobility Forum, association of European cities, discuss operating policies in developing inclusive urban transport on 19-20 October in Tallinn. The main topic of the autumn conference to be held on three days is “inclusive urban transport“.

According to Taavi Aas, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn, the current forum is devoted to the discussion of the most important topics of inclusive urban transport: its accessibility, incl mobility for the persons with special needs, affordability of ticket cost, inclusive mobility planning, mobility habits for newcomers and creating jobs in public transport. The development specialists, politicians and activists of the European cities handle these topics in the standing workgroups and plenary sessions of the forum.

Taavi Aas, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn, shares experience at the plenary session, how has the transfer to the free public transport improved the mobility possibilities of citizens, increased the use of public transport and restricted the number of cars in the city centre.

In addition to the plenary session of the conference Tallinn city officials and the ones interested in transport sector participate in the workgroup of special mobility needs "Barrier-free city for all" where new trends in city planning are discussed.

The participants of the annual conference can have a look into the success story of free public transport of Tallinn on site as well as see new trams and other developments in the heart of Tallinn. The forum also discusses the impact of migration issues topical for the whole Europe on transport management.

EUROCITIES Mobility Forum is attended by more than 80 visitors from 30 big cities of Europe. The chair of the forum is Milan Obradovic, Deputy Mayor of Malmö. Besides Taavi Aas, the participants in the forum of the Estonian capital city are Enno Tamm, member of the management board of Tallinna Linnatranspordi AS and the service director Andres Herkel, city architect Endrik Mänd and city planner Jaak-Adam Looveer.

EUROCITIES is the largest and most influential organization representing the interests of the European cities in the European Union which connects 135 major cities from 35 countries. Tallinn is the member of EUROCITIES from the year 1998. EUROCITIES has actively participated in the work of several thematic platforms such as cultural, environmental, socio-economic development, knowledge and cooperation forums. In 2009-2010 Tallinn was the chair of the Knowledge Society Forum of EUROCITIES.