The MoEP has published a Call for Proposals for projects aimed at reducing travel in private cars. The ministry will lend support totaling NIS 14 million to the projects that are accepted. That’s on top of NIS 6 million it invested in 2015, for a total of 10 projects. Among those are projects to establish or expand bicycle-sharing services in Tel Aviv, Givatayim, Ramat Gan, and Bat Yam, establish shuttle services to industrial areas in Petach Tikva, Holon, and Jerusalem, and more. See the projects that received support in 2015.
The ministry’s investment will lead to financial savings for Israelis, who will spend less on gas, as well as less vehicular air pollution, and a decrease in related morbidity. It will also mean there will be less traffic, so peoples’ commutes will be shorter.
Environmental Protection Minister Avi Gabbay: "Activities to reduce private vehicle travel are an important part of our achieving our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target, to which we committed at the Paris Climate Conference. In this way we’ll be able to reduce air pollution and GHG emissions, to improve "
The MoEP will select projects based on several factors, including: population density of the area, annual vehicular emissions of nitrogen dioxide, and the submission of a detailed municipal plan by the local authority.
Local authorities have until Feb. 8, 2016 to submit proposals.