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February 2014

Every Kilometre Cycled Benefits Society

The health benefits to society from cycling outweigh negative impacts by up to a factor of 20, according to ITF's latest research report "Cycling, Health and Safety". The report, published at a time when many cities are seeking to increase the share of cycling amidst concerns for safety, shows that the key to delivering overall benefits from cycling is creating a safe system through government policy and city action.

Among the recommendations for policy makers is the moderation of some urban road speeds to 30km/h or less, and the use of separated cycling infrastructure to increase the number of new cyclists. Attracting new cyclists gains the greatest health benefits through increased physical activity, including reducing risks linked to cardiovascular disease, obesity and Type-2 diabetes.

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ITF Inaugurates New Platform for Co-operation with Private Sector
The ITF has opened a new chapter in its co-operation with the corporate sector. Twelve multi-national companies from seven countries met in Paris on 20 January to inaugurate the Forum's new Corporate Partnership Board (CPB) and set a roadmap for private-sector knowledge sharing with policy makers. First projects are under discussion and first outputs expected for October 2014.

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Mexico Rail Freight Review Completed
A review of railway freight development has been completed at the request of ITF member country Mexico, to support the Mexican government's work in transforming its railway sector over the last fifteen years. The report will be presented to the Mexican Senate Commission on Transport on 19 February. It provides specific recommendations regarding strengthened regulation and improved data collection as a basis for sound policy decisions. Drafted by a team of ITF experts, the report, produced in close collaboration with the Ministry of Transport, will be published shortly.
(Photo: ATOMIC Hot Links / Flickr CC)

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International Organisations meet to develop Summit 2014 Themes
More than 35 international organisations and associations gathered in Paris on 31 January to share their input to the Summit theme "Transport for a Changing World". This annual consultation day, organised by ITF each year in the run-up to the Summit, provides an opportunity for ITF partners and stakeholders to help develop and shape the theme of the Summit in preparation for the world's largest gathering of ministers of transport.

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Volvo CEO to speak at 2014 Summit
Ministers from ITF's 54 member countries and over 20 invited countries are expected for the ITF's 2014 Summit on "Transport for a Changing World" from 21-23 May 2014 in Leipzig, Germany. Ministers will be joined by leaders from business and research. The ITF is delighted to announce that Olof Persson, President of AB Volvo & CEO of the Volvo Group, will be among the distinguished Summit speakers in May. Volvo is one of the world's leading manufacturers of cars, trucks, buses and construction equipment as well as marine and industrial engines.

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Forum Activities
The ITF Secretary-General met with Raymond Benjamin, Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal on 13 January to discuss closer co-operation between the two organisations. As an initial step, ITF will be making a presentation at an ICAO working group linked to the implementation of the aviation system block upgrades on 19 February.

Meetings with Google, Chrysler, Ford Motor Co. and Ford Foundation were part of the ITF Secretary-General José Viegas's itinerary during his visit to the United States in January on the occasion of the 2014 Transport Research Board conference in Washington, D.C. In the talks, Mr Viegas presented the ITF's plans for engaging the private sector through the new Corporate Partnership Board (CPB).

Secretary-General Viegas attended the public presentation of the European Railway Awards, jointly organised by the Community of European Railways (CER) and The European Rail Industry (UNIFE) in Brussels on 28 January. Mr Viegas had previously represented ITF on the jury.

Economist Jari Kauppila represented ITF at the First Annual Conference on Sustainable Logistics organised by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and the World Bank's Global Expert Team on Trade Facilitation and Logistics in The Hague, Netherlands on 5 February. Mr Kauppila also represented ITF at the founding meeting of the Global Knowledge Network in Supply Chain and Logistics Policies in The Hague.

Mary Crass, Head of Policy and Summit Preparation at ITF, chaired a session on "The Car in the Intermodal Chain" at the Intermodes Conference in Brussels on 6 February.

ITF is very pleased to welcome new staff members:
Dr Antigoni Lykotrafiti
is an expert in aviation regulation. She joins ITF from the University of Tilburg (Netherlands), where she was an assistant professor. She holds an LL.B. from the University of Athens (Greece), an LL.M. in European Community law from the University of Essex (UK) and a Ph.D. from King's College London. As a Jean Monnet post-doctoral fellow at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) she focused on issues of international airline alliances and cross-border airline mergers. Dr Lykotrafiti also gained work experience in private practice, working within the competition law division of a leading law firm.

Dr Dejan Makovsek joins ITF as an economist. He has over ten years of experience in economic regulation, transport operations/business restructuring and infrastructure. Dr Makovsek has worked both in the private and public sector, with a focus on network industries (railways, roads, post, energy), including on policy guidance on a national and sectoral level, forensic investigations and financial modelling/simulations. He holds a Ph.D. in construction risk in transport infrastructure projects from the University of Maribor in Slovenia.

Wouter de Wit joins ITF as a Junior Transport Researcher from the Free University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), where he graduated with a Master in Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics in 2013. Mr de Wit also holds a B.A. in Urban Planning from the University of Amsterdam. He will be working on the modelling of networks in air passenger markets between Europe and Asia.

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