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Demonstration Measures

An integrated approach to sustainable mobility

The CIVITAS Initiative helps cities to test and develop an integrated set of measures for sustainable urban mobility. CIVITAS cities take an integrated planning approach that addresses all modes and forms of transport in cities. They aim to demonstrate that it is possible to ensure a high level of mobility for all citizens, offer a high quality of urban space and protect the environment through sustainable mobility. It is this integrative approach based on innovation, collaboration, research and results-orientation that sets CIVITAS apart.

According to the CIVITAS motto, “learning from one another – supporting one another”, this page provides an entry point to the mobility solutions CIVITAS cities implement, their experience with them and the results they have achieved.

Within CIVITAS, eight thematic categories of measures have been identified as the basic building blocks of an integrated strategy for sustainable mobility. These building blocks put in place a planning framework, guarantee political involvement and establish partnerships. Each city chooses a set of mobility solutions from these building blocks according to their local priorities.

The eight building blocks (plus two horizontal themes - Integrated Planning and Public Involvement) comprise:

Local sustainable mobility initiatives do not only enhance the quality of life for residents but clearly have a global dimension. The transport sector currently accounts for a quarter of CO₂ emissions in the EU, 40 percent of which result from urban transport. As mobility demand increases, local solutions to curb greenhouse gas emissions and reduce dependency on fossil fuels are imperative to addressing global climate change.

Besides social and environmental benefits, the significance of sustainable urban transport for the local economy and citizens’ health can hardly be overstated. In the EU, the costs of transport-related pollution amount to €160 billion a year, and almost all people living in European cities are exposed to levels of air pollution that exceed EU emission limits for particulate matter (PM).