Mobility/Demand management

Urban Vehicle Access Regulations (UVARs) – principles and practices

In this course you will learn key approaches to implement referred to as Urban Vehicle Access Regulations (UVARs) in your city. UVARs are also known as traffic restriction/regulation schemes or traffic bans, but better known as the separate types of schemes, such as low emission zones or limited traffic zones.
With these schemes you can successfully start increasing the attractiveness and sustainability of (areas within) your city. No matter where you are located in the world, UVARS can be applied to each situation.

Learner benefits
The course will help you to achieve local policy ambitions more efficiently and effectively. UVARs can be implemented to serve various local policy objectives. In this e-course you will focus on the application of UVARs to:
• reducing the negative aspects of transport,
• increase sustainable mobility; in particular active modes such as walking and cycling,
• increase liveability; making the city a more attractive place to live, work, visit and spend time in

And of course, by implementing UVARs for the above-mentioned purposes you will also contribute to:
• reaching climate, air quality, road safety, noise and or sustainability objectives
• reducing traffic volumes or congestion to reduce economic impact of congestion and increase quality of urban life

What you will learn
• To understand a number of key UVARs and their relevance
• To understand how selected UVARs have been applied in real-life examples
• About tools and support for you to develop your own UVAR
• To apply the elements in a reflection on your own practical ‘low traffic zone’ case.

About this course
This course is developed under the EU Horizon 2020 project CIVITAS ELEVATE. CIVITAS ELEVATE aims to expand (future) mobility professionals’ capacities in making urban mobility more sustainable and smarter. EU Horizon 2020 project REVEAL outcomes feature in this e-course. REVEAL will help to add Urban Vehicle Access Regulations (UVAR) to the standard range of urban mobility transition approaches of cities across Europe. also features, giving examples of many different types of UVARs.
  • 0.1. Course introduction
  • 0.2. Course objectives and outline
  • 0.3. Practicalities
  • 1.1. Introduction
  • 1.2. UVARs introduced
  • 1.3. Two approaches
  • 1.4. Quiz
  • 1.5. The bigger picture: why UVARs?
  • 1.6. How to implement a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP)?
  • 1.7. Quiz
  • 1.8. Sometimes carrots are not enough
  • 1.9. Vitoria-Gasteiz Mobility Week 2018 - Would you go backwards?
  • 1.10. Wrapping up block 1
  • Block 2: Spatial interventions and physical schemes
  • 2.1. Introduction
  • 2.2. Removing the vehicles: pedestrian zones
  • 2.3. Pedestrianisation in the spotlight
  • 2.4. Quiz
  • 2.5. Spatial interventions
  • 2.6. Utrecht: Planning for People & Bikes, Not for Cars
  • 2.7. Superblocks
  • 2.8. Barcelona Superblocks: Change the Grid, Change your Neighborhood
  • 2.9. Quiz
  • 2.10. Circulation plans
  • 2.11. The Innovative Way Ghent, Belgium Removed Cars From The City
  • 2.12. Wrapping up block 2
  • Block 3: Regulatory schemes explained
  • 3.1. Introduction
  • 3.2. Limited traffic zones
  • 3.3. Low emission zones
  • 3.4. London's Ultra Low Emission Zone
  • 3.5. Quiz
  • 3.6. Zero Emission Zones
  • 3.7. Wrapping up block 3
  • Block 4: Guidance on options and design
  • 4.1. Introduction
  • 4.2. Aspects every UVAR needs to consider
  • 4.3. Communication and other measures
  • 4.4. Quiz
  • 4.5. Putting it all together: the UVAR development process
  • 4.6. Assessment and data
  • 4.7. Quiz
  • 4.8. Wrapping up block 4
  • Block 5: Conclusions, final test and take aways
  • 5.1. Introduction
  • 5.2. Course conclusions
  • 5.3. Final test
  • 5.4. Thank you
  • Tell us what you think about this e-course on UVARs!
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed