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The roadworks to establishing an efficient trans-European transport network has hit a new stumbling block – Open Data.
The famously known as the TEN-T and relaunched as part of the renewed Lisbon Treaty for competitiveness and employment in Europe, has hit a new stumbling block – the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and it’s dependency on Open Data.
ITS Europe Says: Keep Your Bicycle at Home, for the moment
If Europe is to fulfill its economic and social potential, it is essential to build the missing links and remove the bottlenecks in our transport infrastructure, as well as to ensure the future sustainability of our transport networks by taking into account the energy efficiency needs and the climate change challenges.
Taking the extreme precaution of not oversimplifying the successes of the TEN-T executive agency project implementation, we find surprising that the search for mobility solutions for citizens has not included the Bicycle as a potential means in helping ensure the above objective as a European Priority.
Instead, a worrying priority at this moment, is to ensure that transport operators gets the European Commission’s message for ITS deployment – that Open Data access should be enabled – and for which Multimodal Transport Planning and Information Services will now seek to be the European partneering arm of the transport industry, a task assigned to European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, who sees, the development European multimodal journey planners and other ITS applications in Europe, to become the digital tool that will facilitate ensure the availability, accessibility and exchange of all relevant information.
Eurovelo and the European Cyclist Federation have also a practical view on the issue:
The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) and European Greenways Association (EGWA) invite you to attend the first ever ECF and EGWA Joint Conference on EuroVelo, Greenways and Cycle Tourism, which is taking place on Wednesday 26th September 2012 in Nantes, France.