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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 Eileen O'Connell on 03/08/2016

The EVIDENCE Project has researched and published the economic evidence for sustainable mobility measures. For those involved in training and educating the next generation of transport professionals, the project has made available course material on 7 sustainable mobility themes. These can be downloaded from the project website to be incorporated into your course framework. 

http://www.evidence-project.eu/index.php/resources/training-materials

 
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Submitted by Adrià Ramirez Papell on 01/08/2016

We are an start-up from Barcelona area developing an exciting project of shared mobility: Shotl (www.shotl.com). With Shotl, citizens will insert their desired origin and destination through their smart phone. The system will match the requested route with that of other users traveling in the same direction. One of our main focus is to offer a great customer experience during all the trip, including vehicles with extra comfort, facilities to work on board and vehicles driven by professionals.
We want to work together with public bodies and transit agencies to contribute to better, greener and more accessible cities, enabling the change to more car-independent lifestyles.

We are currently developing and calibrating our product, and trying to understand which are the best cities and environments to do our first deployments. Thus, we would really appreciate collaboration from this forum on the following topics:
- Previous similar experiences that could help us learning the crucial success factors (i.e. Kutsuplus in Helsinki) and best practices.
- Research studies investigating or predicting the potential impacts of a service like ours.
- Regulation, legal and political benchmarking (barriers and facilitators) among EU cities and countries.
- Suggestion of potential cities and areas that would be open and suitable to test Shotl.

Please do not hesitate to ask us more detailed questions about Shotl in case you are interested. We would appreciate help and suggestions.

Kind regards.

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Submitted by Sarah Martens on 16/06/2016

EY, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services has recently released a publication on shared mobility. It analyses the relevance of shared mobility models which will take up part of the urban mobility as citizens are more often preferring vehicle access over ownership.

Read more: http://ecomobility.org/2016/06/10/shared-mobility-by-ey/ 

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Submitted by Regina Lüdert on 23/02/2016

Mayor Kuhn explains the concept of climate protection to school children

 

Short summary of the project ‘I am a climate hero’ project

Walking makes a difference!
Teaching mobility at Stuttgart’s primary schools

During the months of October and November 2015, 332 primary school children from 4 schools took part in the ‘I am a climate hero’ project in Stuttgart/Germany.

15 primary school classes attended the mobility training and the cost of 10 classes was covered by the Activity Fund of the EU network CIVITAS. The project was led by Regina Lüdert of the Environmental Protection Office. It was developed by Stephanie Esch of the raumstadt_architektur agency.

During the course of three double lessons, the school children participate in experiments and educational games to learn what climate change means and how we can protect the climate and the environment in our everyday lives. The children also collected ‘walking points’ by completing journeys on foot instead of by car. The aim was to reduce traffic in the area around the school and increase awareness of environmental issues among the children.

The parents of the school children also got involved in the campaign through a family contract. The contract stipulated climate protection measures which the family could implement in their everyday lives.

A comparison of all 4 primary schools in terms of environmentally-friendly journeys to school at the project start and project end:

All of the participating primary schools were able to increase their environmentally-friendly journeys to school (on foot or by bike, bus and train) by an average of 5%. The greatest improvement was documented at the Reisachschule at 7%. The 4% improvement at the Wolfbuschschule school is also very pleasing to see because this is a bilingual German/Italian primary school with lots of foreign students.

Concluding comments

The children were very enthusiastic about the project. After some initial scepticism, the parents were also happy to support their children in their endeavours and seek out ways of helping to protect the climate as a family.

The cheers were unbelievable when the children were awarded a certificate with their total number of points and a T-shirt with the words ‘I am a climate hero’. Each child can now feel like a genuine climate expert because they know much more about protecting the climate and can do something to help, including in the future.
 

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Submitted by Sarah Martens on 08/02/2016

The City of Los Angeles in the USA has introduced its very first multimodal trip planner. It is a mobile application called Go LA.

GoLA screenshots

Users can compare trips with different modes. These do not only include the "traditional" modes like public transport, driving&parking, walking and cycling, but also taxis and car-sharing and ride-booking services like Lyft, Uber, Zipcar and FlitWays. The app shares anonymized information about destination and preferred travel mode with the city to support planning and investment decisions.

If I am not mistaken, there are not many apps yet that integrate such a wide range of modes and services. If you know any other good examples, please share them below. 

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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.

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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

Policy Advice Note Cycling and Walking

Policy Advice Note Cycling and Walking

Policy Advice Note Cycling and Walking

Policy Advice Note Cycling and Walking

Policy Advice Note Cycling and Walking

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Policy Advice Note Alternative Car Use

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Policy Advice Note Alternative Car Use

Policy Advice Note Alternative Car Use

Policy Advice Note Alternative Car Use

Policy Advice Note Alternative Car Use

Policy Advice Note Alternative Car Use

CITY-2-CITY EXCHANGE - car independent lifestyles

CITY-2-CITY EXCHANGE - car independent lifestyles

CITY-2-CITY EXCHANGE - car independent lifestyles

CITY-2-CITY EXCHANGE - car independent lifestyles

CITY-2-CITY EXCHANGE - car independent lifestyles

CITY-2-CITY EXCHANGE - car independent lifestyles

CITY-2-CITY EXCHANGE - car independent lifestyles

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