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Safety and Security

Safe and secure infrastructures and services for passengers and  goods

Safety and security are a core components in creating sustainable urban mobility, and are primary areas of action within CIVITAS, particularly in making roads safer and more secure for 'vulnerable' road users.

Improving the safety and security of modes can be an extremely important step in encouraging users to change (or even try) alternative modes, especially when they are perceived as 'unsafe' (e.g. cycling in cities with little dedicated infrastructure, or taking public transport at night).

Within this thematic group, safety and security measures cover infrastructure, education, technological and promotional measures.

More information

For more information on safe and secure travel, contact Vilja Anttila, and to join the group, click on the banner on the right-hand side on this page. Take a look at the cities, which are already members of this thematic group, and view resources relevant to members below.

Submitted by Bruno Duarte on 08/12/2015

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling on governments around the world to apply the UN’s most important vehicle safety regulations. In its 2015 Global Status Report on Road Safety (published 19 October) the WHO reveals “worrying data showing that less than half of countries implement minimum standards” and warns that “Governments have a responsibility to take the steps needed to ensure their citizens have access to safe vehicles”.

Using seven priority vehicle safety standards recommended by Global NCAP, the WHO has carried out a unique survey on how they are currently being applied by governments around the world. The seven standards are from the UN’s World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations and cover seat belts, seat belt anchorages, front and side impact, electronic stability control, pedestrian protection and child seats. The results show that they are being fully applied by only 40 out of a total of 193 UN Member States and overwhelmingly by high-income countries. The Report argues that “there is an urgent need for these minimum vehicle standards to be implemented by every country”.

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Source: Transport safety news from ETSC - Safety Monitor 98 - November 2015

Submitted by Bruno Duarte on 03/12/2015

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has announced the 2015 winners of its PRAISE awards recognising organisations that have taken outstanding measures to improve road safety at work.

The winners, together with highlights of their road safety programmes are as follows:

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Source: Transport safety news from ETSC - Safety Monitor 98 - November 2015

Submitted by Bruno Duarte on 02/12/2015

HGVs without safety equipment to protect cyclists and pedestrians were banned throughout London from September under Britain’s first “Safer Lorry Scheme”.

Vehicles of more than 3.5 tonnes entering London must now be fitted with sideguards to protect cyclists from being dragged under the wheels in the event of a collision, along with Class V and Class VI mirrors to give the driver a better view of cyclists and pedestrians.

Transport for London (TfL) is also planning to require lorries to be fitted with larger windows to improve direct vision, and may also extend the scheme in the future to include sensors to detect cyclists.

Transport for London says many of the most dangerous vehicles are construction-related. For future major construction projects, planning powers will also be used to strictly prescribe the routes which HGVs serving them can follow – requiring, for instance, that they avoid a road heavily used by cyclists or take a route that minimises the number of left turns, the most dangerous manoeuvre.

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Source: Transport safety news from ETSC - Safety Monitor 98 - November 2015

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Submitted by Candela Bravo on 18/11/2015

Roads can be made safer for everyone by separating faster and slower traffic streams, often by splitting motorised and non-motorised traffic users. New kinds of cycling infrastructure or approaches to encourage cycling must also be assessed carefully to avoid adding to problems they are designed to correct.

More information here.

Author: Wim Billet (Mobiel 21) 

Submitted by Bruno Duarte on 30/10/2015

France and Portugal are increasing the numbers of police speed enforcement cameras and Luxembourg has presented a bill to introduce the technology for the first time.

France will add 500 fixed speed cameras over the next three years, taking the total to 4700, according to an announcement made by the Prime Minister Manuel Valls earlier this month. In addition, between 10,000 and 12,000 decoy units will also be installed – with the potential for cameras to be moved between units. The intention is to make it difficult for drivers to know whether the camera is activated or not and thus keep to an appropriate speed in all cases. France has a policy of warning drivers of the presence of cameras using road signs – this will not change.

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Submitted by Bruno Duarte on 30/10/2015

The European Parliament has reiterated calls for a pan-European target to cut serious road injuries. In a September vote on a review of European transport policy since 2011, MEPs called for, “the swift adoption of a 2020 target of a 40 % reduction in the number of people seriously injured, accompanied by a fully fledged EU strategy.”

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Submitted by Bruno Duarte on 13/10/2015

Young road user risks: is age the only fix?
Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, Brussels - 19 October 2015 - 17:00
The European Transport Safety Council warmly invites you to the launch event of the YEARS project – which focusses on reducing dangers for young road users in Europe. The event will feature the 2015 European Transport Safety Lecture, this year given by Divera Twisk of SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research, The Netherlands, followed by an expert panel discussion.

More information:

Submitted by Bruno Duarte on 26/08/2015

The city of Davis, California has implemented a protected intersection, premiering such urban cycling infrastructure in the USA, modelled on the protected intersections from the Netherlands. In Early August 2015, the city leading the US in percentage of biking commuters implemented an intersection system that protects cyclists when taking right turns and dreaded left turns at intersections. At protected intersections, cyclists are separated from car traffic by corner refuge islands combined with forward stop bars that enable left hook turns, protecting cyclists by separating them from traffic turning left. Protected intersections, common in cycle-friendly cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, place cycle lanes next to crosswalks at intersections so cars turning right face cyclists upfront instead of side-by-side. Even if crossing the intersection without taking turns, cyclists are protected by separate lanes built inward from the car road, and by bicycle-friendly signal phasing conceding a head-start green light for cyclists or an outright red light for cars when bicycles are driving through the intersection. Find a video and more at:

After significantly reducing cyclist death and serious injury accidents by implementing protected bike lanes, city planners must now look towards intersections, where the majority of accidents happen. Research shows people use bicycles in the city if they feel safe – protected bike lanes and intersections are a definite move forward in this direction. And although there are more urban spatial constraints in Europe than in the USA, the case from Davis is an interesting example to share.

Submitted by Bruno Duarte on 24/08/2015

What have Arriva Denmark, The Hellenic Air Force, Royal Dutch Shell, Electricity Supply Board, Bolk Transport and BT got in common?

These organisations all know that prioritising road safety can help the bottom line, improve working conditions for staff, and boost customer satisfaction. And all are previous winners of a PRAISE award - for European organisations, large and small, that have committed to putting road safety at the core of their business.

If your organisation has a road safety programme, and the results to prove it - we want to hear from you.

Towns and cities are invited to apply for the CIVITAS Awards – the prizes that highlight some of the most ambitious, innovative, and successful sustainable urban mobility work currently being carried out.

The year 2020 will be remembered for many reasons; not least, it has been a year of r...

Author: Richard Adams
02/09/2020 - 17:18

Unfortunately, the CIVITAS study visits scheduled for 2020 could not take place due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

As an alternative, CIVITAS is producing an interactive e-publication that will immerse readers in the best practices of leading mobility cities. Alongside the cities selected...

Author: Richard Adams
24/08/2020 - 13:34

Save the date for the final online conference from the three CIVITAS Living Lab projects! Join to discover how they are making better living and moving a reality in 16 European cities.

Author: Richard Adams
31/07/2020 - 10:45

Within CIVITAS ReVeAL, the city of Helmond (the Netherlands) is trialling Intelligent Speed Assistance to gauge the impact of vehicles using it on average traffic speed.

29/07/2020 - 14:12
European Commissioner for Transport Adina Valean, in cooperation with the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union, has the pleasure to announce that Digital Transport Days 2020  will be held this year on 18 November in digital format.
02/12/2020 to 03/12/2020
Following a record-breaking conference in Brussels, which brought together over 600 participants in November 2019, the 2020 Polis Annual Conference will take place in Arnhem-Nijmegen City Region, Netherlands, on 2-3 December 2020.  The Polis Annual Conference provides an opportunity for cities and...
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Mobility practitioners in Spain are invited to join a workshop being organised in Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain) on Wednesday 5 June 2019. The workshop facilitates discussion and exchange of experiences on different challenges and solutions within the field of sustainable urban mobility planning. Wh...
22/05/2019 to 24/05/2019
Cities are key to the sustainable future of our planet and great changes are necessary to address climate change and social inequalities. The URBAN FUTURE Global Conference gathers CityChangers from all over the world, bringing together individuals who are involved in driving change towards more su...
09/05/2019 to 10/05/2019
X Forum Asociación Red CiViNET España y Portugal Personas que se mueven, ciudades que cambian. Accesibilidad, movilidad y transporte en los entornos urbanos Ávila, 9 y 10 de mayo 2019   PROGRAMA 9 DE MAYO 15.30-16.00 h: Recepción de asistentes


CIVITAS QUOTES: CIVITAS & Economy: 30 km/h zone


CIVITAS QUOTES: CIVITAS & Transport - Raised pedestrian/bicycle crossing


CIVITAS QUOTES: CIVITAS & Society - Traffic calming measures


CIVITAS QUOTES: CIVITAS & Economy - LED (Light Emitting Diode)


CIVITAS QUOTES: Give way to safety


CIVITAS QUOTES: A first-class cycle highway


CIVITAS QUOTES: Surveillance of passenger security


CIVITAS QUOTES: Give way to safety


CIVITAS QUOTES: A first-class cycle highway


CIVITAS QUOTES: Surveillance of passenger security


CIVITAS QUOTES: Safer routes to school implementation

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.

STRENGTHENING ROAD SAFETY LEGISLATION: A practice and resource manual for countries

Do you develop road safety legislation for your country? WHO’s guide on strengthening road safety legislation is now available in English, French, Russian and Spanish. The guide describes how to enact new laws or amend existing ones on key risk factors.

Giving back the public space to the people - Mobility measures in Vitoria-Gasteiz

In the context of the next CIVITAS study tour hosted by the city of  Vitoria-Gasteiz on the 196&20 June 2014, an interested document presenting the mobility measures implmented by the city has been created:  

The main measures presented:

  • Superblocks project;
  • Traffic calming measures;
  • Freight distribution areas and limitations;
  • New Public transport network;
  • Local Bicycle Mobility Plan.

Should you have any question, please contac:

Environmental Studies Centre of Vitoria-Gasteiz

Asier Sarasua Garmendia



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.

First CIVITAS MIMOSA Policy Statement 2009 on Safety & Security