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Car-independent Lifestyles

Activities and solutions promoting walking, cycling, multi-modal travel, car sharing, bike sharing and carpooling

We need to reduce dependency on the private car  in order to make cities safer, more attractive and economically viable places to live, work and spend leisure time.

This thematic group focusses on the basics of sustainable urban mobility: creating safe and attractive places to walk and cycle. It also looks at measures and solutions which seek to make more efficient and sustainable use of the car through carpoolingcar sharing and bike sharing.  

Carpooling (also called ride sharing or lift sharing or sometimes - confusingly! - car sharing) involves two or more people travelling together in a car (usually owned by the driver of the vehicle) to a shared destination, whereas car sharing allows different people access to the use of a fleet of vehicles (normally owned and maintained by a private company or a cooperative) by booking a vehicle for a defined period of time. Each works best in a different context (urban vs. suburban/rural), addresses different issues (urban space issues vs. pollution and congestion) and serves a different target audience (those who don’t need a car for regular daily journeys vs. those who depend on a car for daily use).

Bike sharing schemes involve making bikes available to the public for short-term use, usually in urban areas. Bike share stations are a visible sign that bikes are welcome in a city. Bike sharing schemes can be part of a package of measures that serves to encourage cycling as a means of transportation in a city.

More information

Feel free to take a look at the cities and organisations that are members of this thematic group and view resources for members below. To join the group, click on the banner on the right-hand side on this page. For more information, contact Bonnie Fenton, the group moderator.

Submitted by Bonnie Fenton on 08/09/2017

Dear Car-Independent Lifestylists,

I just wanted to send a reminder to those of you who haven't had a chance to do it yet: it would be great if you could take about 5-10 minutes to fill out our short questionnaire about data availability on walking and cycling and on the acceptance of walking and cycling as modes of transport. It will help to give us a better overview of the situation in cities across Europe. Of course we'll share the results here in the group as well as at the CIVITAS Forum in September. The survey is here. If you could complete it by 13 September, that would be super!! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Many thanks!!

Bonnie (b.fenton@rupprecht-consult.eu)

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Submitted by Bonnie Fenton on 20/07/2017

Dear Car-Independent Lifestyle group members,

In preparation for a presentation at the CIVITAS Forum in Torres Vedras in September, we've put together a small questionnaire about data availability on walking and cycling and on the acceptance of walking and cycling as modes of transport. It would be great if you could take about 5-10 minutes to complete it so that we have a good overview of the situation in cities across Europe. Of course we'll share the results here in the group as well as at the CIVITAS Forum in September. The survey is here. If you could complete it before 8 September, that would be great!! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Many thanks!!

Bonnie
(b.fenton@rupprecht-consult.eu)

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Submitted by Pasquale Cancellara on 12/06/2017

Dear members of the CiViTAS car-independent lifestyles thematic group,

We would like to inform you that the CiViTAS SUNRISE project successfully kicked off on 16 May 2017 in Malmo, Sweden!

SUNRISE stands for Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods – Research and Implementation Support in Europe. The project will develop new tools to facilitate collaborative ways to address mobility challenges at the neighbourhood level. 

SUNRISE’s innovative approach lies in its concrete involvement of citizens, stakeholders and users throughout all phases of the innovation process, from the early identification of problems to the implementation of solutions and their evaluation.

These solutions will be tested in the six SUNRISE neighbourhood cities of Bremen, Budapest, Jerusalem, Malmo, Southend-on-Sea and Thessaloniki through the so-called “neighbourhood mobility labs”. The neighbourhood mobility labs of the SUNRISE cities set down the  foundation of the Sustainable Neighbourhood Mobility Planning (SNMP) which in turn builds on the Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) concept. The SNMP applies the transport measures and participatory approaches to the neighbourhood scale by working closely with local partners organisations and citizens.   

SUNRISE will also seek cooperation with its “sister” projects Cities4People, METAMORPHOSIS and MUV that are funded under the same call and offer great potential for cooperation and exchange of experiences.

The project’s website will soon be launched. A temporary website is currently online at http://www.sunrise-communities.eu/.

Stay tuned and follow @CIVITAS_SUNRISE on Twitter! 

Kind regards,

Pasquale Cancellara

On behalf of the SUNRISE project consortium

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Submitted by Bonnie Fenton on 07/08/2017

Hello car-independent people,

The FLOW, TRACE and EMPOWER projects are teaming up to look at the role of data for non-motorised modes of transport at the CiViTAS Forum in September. In preparation for it, we'd like to know which of the below questions would be of the most interest to you. If you have other data-related questions about walking and/or cycling, we'd be happy to hear those too.

  • What sources of data do cities have available to them on non-motorised modes?
  • How do you know if your data is good?
  • How does/could non-motorised travel data change bicycle/pedestrian transport planning?
  • To what extent does the data gap implicitly set the agenda in mobility planning?
  • How can data be used for decision making? What about data protection?
  • What else is needed to unlock the potential of non-motorised travel data (i.e. baseline data)
  • How important is user-based data for planning?
  • Can digitalisation resolve the conflict between robust appraisal and expensive data collection?
  • Can digitally collected data address current problems, or is it a sexy ‘solution looking for a problem’?
  • How do behaviour change campaigns and data for planning fit together?
  • How can you ensure that data is collected with a reliable method and gives an accurate picture of the real situation?

Feel free to share your thoughts by responding to this post.

And a reminder, we'd be pleased if you could fill out our questionnaire on the types of data you have in your city on walking and cycling. It should just take about 5 minutes and is available here.

Many thanks!

Bonnie

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Submitted by Bonnie Fenton on 07/08/2017

There is much talk about (car) congestion and the costs that has, but here's another perspective: the pedestrian pain index estimates that the annual value of time lost waiting to walk totals $25 billion annually in the United States. Of course the numbers would vary from country to country but the basic premise applies universally:

 

Every day, tens of millions of Americans waste tens of thousands of hours stuck waiting on the side of streets for car traffic to get out of their way. We estimate that the annual value of time lost waiting to walk totals $25 billion annually.

Today, City Observatory announces the launch of our latest data product: the Pedestrian Pain Index (PPI). Following the techniques developed over the past thirty years by the highway-oriented Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), PPI uses similar methods and assumptions —to calculate the amount of time pedestrians lose each year having to wait their turn to cross streets to allow cars to proceed.

Read the rest of the article here.

photo: Billie Grace Ward, Flickr

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Submitted by Bonnie Fenton on 21/07/2017

There's an interesting new study out of Seville looking at the quality vs. the quantity of cycle infrastructure. Here are the first few lines. The rest can be read at the link below. If anyone from Seville happens to be in this group, it would be great to hear from you.

Bonnie

 

Which is more important to making a city great for biking: the number of high-quality bikeways, or whether they're connected to each other?

A new study from Spain offers an unexpected answer: The amount of biking actually tracks most closely with the number of bikeways, while the safety of biking tracks most closely with the connectedness of bikeways.

But if you want lots of people biking safely, you eventually need both.

The paper is unique because it draws on a once-in-a-generation opportunity to measure what happens when a big city that has very little biking makes a sudden, massive investment in a biking network.

Read the rest of the article here.

Photo: Claudio Olivares Medina.

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Submitted by Bonnie Fenton on 03/05/2017

Hello to members of the CiViTAS car-independent lifestyles thematic group!

I would like to tell you about two recent changes in our group. First of all, I (Bonnie) have taken over the moderation. Second (and much more interesting), the site has a new notification function that sends an e-mail to group members when something new is posted. This makes it much easier for all of us to connect with our colleagues from across Europe. My intention is to post thematically relevant articles and news on a fairly regular basis in the hope that some of them will be interesting or useful to you. If you have anything you would like to share or ask, simply click on "add content" in the black bar at the top of your screen (which only appears when you're logged in).

There are currently 136 members in our group - and more arriving on a regular basis. This creates an excellent opportunity to share and learn from one another.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Bonnie

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Submitted by Bonnie Fenton on 20/03/2017

 If you are interested in adding your input to the draft European Cycling Strategy, now is the time.The European Cyclists' Federation invites all interested stakeholders to comment on the draft blueprint for an EU Cycling Strategy. The consultation will be online from March 20 – April 8, 2017.

This document that has been put together by an expert group of 25 experts, representing 13 governmental and non-governmental organisations, academia and business representations. In addition, input was collected over the past 9 months from a much wider set of stakeholders through various channels: chapter feedback groups, 5 public events/ workshops and a survey in which more than 630 people and organisations from 37 countries participated. The recommendations of the ministerial ‘Declaration on cycling as climate friendly transport mode’ as well of the own-initiative report of the Committee of the Regions on “An EU Roadmap for Cycling” were taken into account too.

Go to the European Cyclists' Federation website to see the draft document.

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Submitted by Sebastián PERNET on 22/12/2016

Youth For Public Transport (Y4PT) Foundation, with the support of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and its members, and following the long-standing tradition of Y4PT Youth Lab series, is promoting the organization of local transport hackathons around the world, by combining the best of boundless human creativity and the benefits of current information and communications technologies (ICTs) in collaborative environments, with the aim of advancing transport sector towards sustainability.

Winners from each local transport hackathon will join other Canada-based hackers at the 1st Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon Montreal 2017 ( http://www.y4pt.org/projects/hackathon ) in the framework of the 62nd UITP Global Public Transport Summit Montreal 2017 – the world’s oldest and leading sustainable transport event – to contest in a final round for unveiling the world’s best ground-breaking transport solutions.

More than 20 major cities around the world are hosting the first local transport hackathons. Other cities are also welcome to join.

Different local stakeholders such as universities, youth groups, ICT companies, transport operators, authorities, start-up mentors and hackers are called to collaborate with Y4PT and to be part of the world’s first ever global transport hackathon.

Everyone is invited to get on board. This is an one-off opportunity to show to your audience and users how important is for you to support this kind of events where innovation and creativity is putting forward new ICT-related solutions to boost both the private sector business performance and the public sector policy efficacy, and thus to unlock new opportunities to expand, diversify and renew your organization’s portfolio of products and services.

Further information on the 1st Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon Montreal 2017 at http://www.y4pt.org/projects/hackathon , or or please contact: Mr. Sebastián PERNET, Co-Founder and Treasurer of Y4PT Foundation, sebastian.pernet@y4pt.org .

Follow up the Y4PT Transport Hackathon series on social networking/media websites ( http://www.y4pt.org/social-networks ) such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube by using the hashtag #Y4PThackathon .

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The Lillo Bridge is a key crossing point in Antwerp's  Channel Dock (Kanaaldok) area. It constitutes one of the very few routes cyclists can use to pass over the Channel Dock. Yet because ships have crossing priority, the bridge is often inaccessible for cyclists and therefore an unreliable conne...

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The City of Stockholm is working to make the Swedish capital more attractive for cycling and walking. One way to do so is by enhancing safety for cyclists and pedestrians. Stockholm is therefore developing the city’s cycle network and walkways at the same time as maintenance and service is improv...

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This new tool - Moblity as a Service (MaaS) Readiness Level Indicators for local authorities – offers a new approach to understand how local authorities can speed up the process of MaaS in their local context.

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The occasion served as a fitting conclusion to the second day of the CIVITAS Forum 2017.

The awards were given out in two categories:

CIVITAS Award: "Bold Measure Award"

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Over the next three days, hundreds of mobility experts, actors and stakeholders will gather to witness the most exciting sustainable urban transport solutions from around Europe.

Maja Bakran Marcich, the Deputy Director-General for Mobility and Transport at the European Commission, and Car...

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The European Cycling Challenge – ECC is an urban cyclists' team competition taking place every May, 1-31. Born from an idea of the city of Bologna as a small pilot with around 70 people, the ECC is now one of the biggest European cycling events: during the 2016 edition, 52 cities from 17 Countries j...
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CIVITAS QUOTES: Public involvement in the European Cycling Challenge

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CIVITAS QUOTES: CIVITAS & Environment - The high potential of walking

Same destination - same vehicle! All about carpooling.

While much of the CIVITAS Initiative’s work has sought to shift travellers out of their cars and onto public transport or bicycle, carpooling involves sharing rides among travellers in the same vehicle going to the same destination. Carpooling can be facilitated through ‘matching’ services, but the shared rides themselves are very casual.

All the other Insights you can find here, under key publications.

The high potential of walking - often underestimated! Read this new insight

For many cities, the overall quality of life for its citizens is of utmost importance. This is not only characterised by a healthy environment, good living conditions and a growing economy, but also by the possibility to travel in a positive way. Walking is an efficient way of using expensive and scarce space in urban areas, and is healthy, clean, cheap and energy efficient. Almost half of all car trips are over distances of less than five kilometers. Therefore, there is enormous potential for walking, already tapped into by pioneering towns and cities.

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CIVITAS QUOTES: Share to be less car-dependent

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CIVITAS QUOTES: How to rebalance modal share by 2030

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CIVITAS QUOTES: Bike Sharing in numbers worldwide

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CIVITAS QUOTES: Benefits of cycling

CIVITAS INSIGHT - Accessible mobility: Enabling independent living for all

CIVITAS INSIGHT - Car sharing - New forms of vehicle use and ownership

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CIVITAS QUOTES: CIVITAS & Transport - Car sharing

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CIVITAS FACTS & FIGURES: Car-Independent Lifestyles measures in CIVITAS PLUS cities (2008-2012)

Policy Recommendations For EU Sustainable Mobility Concepts based on CIVITAS Experience

The Policy Recommendations present the main findings arising from the evaluation of the CIVITAS Plus Collaborative Projects (CPs), which ran from 2008-2012.

This publication was written under the auspices of the CIVITAS POINTER project, which supported five collaborative projects (CP s) implemented within the framework of the third edition of the CIVITAS programme. Evaluation and monitoring were the key stones of CIVITAS POINTER. Drawing from first-hand, corroborated statistical evidence gathered from participating cities, this publication presents the results of the CIVITAS Plus cross-site evaluation and policy assessment. These findings support the development of clear European-level policy recommendations that have the potential for being embraced by all European cities — not just those which make up the CIVITAS community.

The document seeks to identify factors that can boost the effectiveness and consistency of future strategies, thereby securing greater sustainability in urban mobility patterns. Policy makers are provided with contemporary facts for debating purposes, and a number of conclusions and recommendations based on lessons learnt from CIVITAS Plus are put forward.

CIVITAS reaching out to younger generations

CIVITAS Reaching out to younger generations - Sustainable mobility: Cycling in Porto

 

On the 26th of February 2014 CIVITAS organized a thematic workshop with students of the "Agrupamento de Escolas Alexandre Herculano" in the city of Porto (PT) to promote city cycling among the young generations.

Highlights on car-pooling

Highlights on car-sharing

Policy Advice Note Cycling and Walking

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CITY-2-CITY EXCHANGE - car independent lifestyles

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