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CIVITAS ELAN

The cities of Ljubljana (Slovenia), Ghent (Belgium), Zagreb (Croatia), Brno (Czech Republic) and Porto (Portugal) joined together in the CIVITAS ELAN project “Mobilising citizens for vital cities”. They have agreed on the mission, “to ‘mobilise’ our citizens by developing with their support clean mobility solutions for vital cities, ensuring health and access for all”.

About CIVITAS ELAN

As part of the EU CIVITAS programme, the ELAN project takes an approach where “Putting the citizen first” is at the core of the work in the five cities. ELAN consists of highly experienced partners, many of which have been involved in the first two phases of the CIVITAS initiative. They are all vibrant medium-sized European centres of social, cultural and economic life with strong identities, rich cultural heritage and high-quality public spaces. They all have major universities with large student populations. These dynamic cities share a strong commitment to implement mobility policy that gives priority to citizens and their quality of life. The ELAN cities are in critical phases of urban development with large infrastructure projects underway to improve the main interchanges and major arteries of their transport systems.

CIVITAS ELAN addresses topics of specific interest to Central and Eastern European cities. These cities face particular challenges such as fast motorisation, capacity problems in public transport, infrastructure renewal and rapidly changing cityscapes. These rapid changes create many opportunities for cities from both old and new Member States to learn from each other. Ljubljana, Brno and Zagreb represent cities from new Member States or accession countries with Ljubljana acting as the project coordinator. They bring with them extensive experience in energy-efficient technologies in public transport. CIVITAS ELAN therefore emphasises a two-way learning process facilitated through technical workshops, training sessions and technical site visits.
 

Implementing sustainable mobility

One of the lessons the ELAN cities have learnt through their involvement in previous CIVITAS projects, is that challenges to the implementation of innovative urban transport solutions are not always of a technical nature. Instead, the main obstacles tend to be behavioural, changing implementation conditions or institutional issues. That is why CIVITAS ELAN adopts a process-oriented approach and accentuates risk management, including contingency plans and early warning systems for project risks.

Furthermore, the project partners are well aware of the crucial importance of a citizen-centred approach. CIVITAS ELAN takes the view that if decision makers are serious about considering citizens’ needs and engaging them in the implementation of solutions, much better approaches to consultation and broad dialogue are necessary than what has been practiced in Europe to date. ELAN therefore experiments with inclusive governance at all stages from project planning and implementation, to monitoring and evaluation. In many cases, citizens are encouraged to contribute their own ideas and thereby directly influence mobility planning decisions.

The focus on citizen participation has been incorporated into the design of the 68 activities under ELAN. This entails dedicated participation and consultation processes and prioritises the needs and expectations of citizens, difficult to achieve or contradictory as they sometimes may appear to transport practitioners. Various non-governmental, citizen-driven organisations are full partners in CIVITAS ELAN and are in charge of carrying out concrete measures. They provide direct links between the CIVITAS community and those working at the local grassroots level. Aside from encouraging involvement, the CIVITAS ELAN cities want to pro-actively convince citizens that clean mobility solutions are in their interest. The partners want to show how, despite a lack of funds, overdue investments and maintenance will contribute to economic development and help build a fair and inclusive society.

Project results

ELAN aims to increase the modal share of walking and cycling, support innovative freight delivery solutions, implement innovative demand management, and increase the use of cleaner and energy-efficient vehicles. The project will enhance overall road safety and reduce air pollution. CIVITAS ELAN will enhance the cities’ perception as pioneers of advanced mobility concepts that offer a high quality of life. This in turn will attract knowledge workers and enterprises.

In addition to the implementation of concrete clean and sustainable urban transport solutions, CIVITAS ELAN aims to mobilise people in physical, political and societal terms. Responding to citizens’ demands constitutes better governance and will improve the quality of public transport. Yet, the ELAN partners are convinced that putting citizens first will make a long lasting change. Transferring ownership of policies to citizens will not only substantially reduce the political risk of failure but most importantly winning people’s minds and hearts will initiate a lasting new mentality towards sustainable mobility.

As a policy-driven project led by impact and process evaluation, the ELAN cities will significantly contribute to major national, EU and global policy processes. They will motivate cities throughout Europe to follow their lead. CIVITAS ELAN brings together politicians and practitioners from various cities, countries and professional backgrounds. It fosters exchange and advances Europe’s knowledge economy. Furthermore, CIVITAS ELAN addresses global challenges such as climate change and security of energy supply.  It contributes to reduce dependence on oil imports and helps to create to a cleaner and more liveable environment.

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The trainers Milena Marega from the Regional Environmental Centre (REC, Ljubljana) and Lidija Pavić-Rogošić from ODRAZ - Sustainable Community Development (Zagreb) talked about how to contribute to the success of measures regarding citizen...
The event proved to be very useful in analysing the main actions developed during the second year of the CIVITAS ELAN project. The participants involved represented several institutions such as the main partners of the current measure, the...
Green, Greener Greenest: Just like all other public transport means, a tram uses energy. But how can this energy consumption be reduced? Turn down the heating? Better regulation of the recuperated break energy? To answer these questions, public...
What is a bicycle bin?A bicycle bin is a covered bike rack for five to six bicycles. It is placed in a public domain and is about the size of a car parking place. A bicycle bin looks a bit like an old fashioned bread bin, hence the name. They are...
The course not only has a theory section but also practical instruction. The instructor takes a look at how each person's driving behaviour can be optimised. Because the more environmentally friendly you drive, the less fuel is consumed and the...
Some of the projects in shortThe Sint-Lievenscollege started up a competition ‘Move Gen-Y us’ through Facebook. The sixt year students motivated their fellow students to come to school in a more sustainable way during one week. The classes could...
Popit presented the sustainable transport development plan in the city and surrounding areas, which includes the measures of CIVITAS ELAN project. The most pressing assignment of the transport policy is that of promoting various modes of public...
The city decided to hold the events because there are still many City Hall employees that are not well informed about the project. When the city became aware of this they decided to take advantage of the fact that large numbers of internal personnel...
The campaign was run in the Engineering and Medicine faculties in the University of Porto. The results show that the campaign was a resounding success! Almost 500 users subscribed to the platform (www.rotapartilhada.com). This was only the first...
The starting point of CIVITAS ELAN is to “put citizens first”, to mobilise our citizens by developing - with their support - clean mobility solutions for vital cities, ensuring health and access for all. Therefore, we have to give them a place and...
These events have been named May 2010 - Month of Cycling, because they are all related to promoting cycling as a convenient, sustainable urban transport mode. Dreams on Wheels is promoting urban cycling as a viable personal transportation...
So how do you enter the competition? You must produce a short movie or comics (photo or cartoon) on this theme. The winning piece of work will be used as one of the CIVITAS ELAN BRNO promotional material.The competition opened on 1 May 2010 and your...
On 24 November a lecture, entitled “Shared Space: experiences, principles, examples and possibilities” and a workshop, called “A walk to observe now a day’s public space and orientation on promising public places” attracted many experts on mobility...
This bus will travel from school to school to raise awareness about the consequences of vandalism. This is done in a playful rather than pedantic way. An educational film is shown on the bus and pupils have to guess the price of possible...
Children had the chance to try riding a crazy bicycle or paint their ideal ‘World without cars’. There was free anti-theft registration for bicycles and people whose bike had a small defect could line up at the free bike repair service. The car...
The bus was developed according to the needs of handicapped persons to allow their comfortable and safe transportation. The vehicle has a specifically redesigned interior and provides a service for up to six wheelchair-bound persons at the same time...
One of the CIVITAS ELAN measures in Ljubljana forsees the purchase of several hybrid buses. But the first step is the trial of different types. In June 2009, LPP presented Van Hool´s and Solaris´ hybrid buses to the public. Currently they are...
Reaching the city center by car is not always that easy, it is often stressful, time consuming and above all, expensive.For some time now, there are free Park & Ride sites at the main entrance roads to the city centre and at important public...
Eleven people from several institutions participated in the workshop and contributed to the positive collection and analysis of the performance of the current period,also presented during the session.The meeting was successful as there was...
There was also a prize “cycling” quiz and organisers presented some of the measures on a roundtable, with an emphasis on cycling strategy related to tourism.The department for economics, public companies and traffic officials, City of Ljubljana,...
The role of cycling coordinator was assigned to Mr. Janez Bertoncelj, who will continue to perform a broad range of tasks within CIVITAS ELAN measure 4.6 (Comprehensive cycling strategy) and put his efforts into improving cycling conditions in...
For the cambio users the environmentally friendly aspect of carsharing is already a very important factor for cambio's choices. 93% of the users consider integrating eco-friendly cars into the car park a good idea. They think cambio should play a...
However, the participants of the CIVITAS ELAN Meeting, planned for 23 - 28 February 2010, will not stay in the central part of the country for the whole period. From the second day on, they will have a chance to enjoy another amazing place in the...
Aside from the title, the winning school receives a fabulous cash prize of 2,500 Euros. With the support of CIVITAS, a school mobility competition was started recently. Seven secondary schools are registered and strive to win the title of best...
The workshop on 25 March will focus on Citizen Engagement in the process of Intermodal Infrastructure Planning. The workshop is a part of the measure in which all CIVITAS ELAN cities (Brno, Gent, Ljubljana, Porto and Zagreb) work together and share...
The workshop is part of the Focused Process Evaluation Form and its main objective is to collect data relating to the last year of the project. There will also be an analysis associated with the drivers and barriers experienced by the people...
Fifteen participants from several institutions (CMP, FEUP, STCP, Metro; ANTROP, OPT and Civil Parish of Paranhos) attended the workshop. All the participants had a positive attitude that made possible a collective dialogue about the barriers, the...
This workshop is part of the Focused Process Evaluation Form and aims to create a collective memory through data collection of drivers and barriers experienced by the people involved in development of the measure.
This minibus aims to increase the public transport attractiveness for the disabled and wheelchair users. The minibus has a capacity to transport either 6 wheelchair users or 20 passengers without wheelchair. In the afternoon the minibus served for 2...
On this occasion the PT operator invited all the representatives to visit their headquarters on 7 May in order to get concretely acquainted with equipment and services for impaired. The PT operator - LPP d.o.o., presented three types of ramps which...
We still measure sulphur dioxide (SO2) even when it is not problematic anymore. The measuring point is located in the City center by the CIVITAS ELAN corridor. And the results? Being the city of smog in late sixties with annual SO2 of over 260 μg/m3...
The workshop will comprise presentations from most of the CIVITAS ELAN cities - Gent, Zagreb, Brno and Porto - along with the presence of European and national experts in the field. The objectives are focused on the examples of success factors based...
The Transport Guide, available in English for download from the link below, provides information on the most appropriate transport mode for each kind of journey people may make: house - work, house - school or simply leisure. The guide uses of the...
The winning photo will be used to produce a postcard as one of the CIVITAS BRNO promotional materials.The results of the competition will be announced and accompanied by an exhibition of received photos on the CIVITAS Day, Saturday 19 September 2009...
At a recent press conference, the City of Ljubljana presented activities under the slogan “Good climate of my city” to the media. The speakers emphasized, that atmosphere in cities is formed by the quality of the environment, as well as by a social...
The message behind the piggy bank was simple: with each kilometre you cycle instead of driving the car, you can save more than 25 euro cent.The bicycle was so huge that the CiViTAS visibility and branding was optimal. Twenty people could sit on the...
The CIVITAS ELAN group organised two info-points, where they informed people about the project. They lured people with practical gifts and an interesting photo-montage of the main street, Slovenska cesta, which is open for all motorized vehicles....
Everyone who subscribed to our local CIVITAS website and who came to work in a more ‘sustainable’ way, had the chance to win one of many prices at the closure event, sponsored by many local companies and the City of Gent. A music band played jazz...
On this website the Gent’s citizens can find all the information about the project: from more general information to specific information about each measure.At the same time, this website will also serve as an interactive instrument to support...
The pilot project is part of one of the measures that Brno is implementing with CIVITAS ELAN. Before its launch, there were several problems with the functioning of machines, but these have been addressed and solutions found. Currently, the system...
The AGRA trade fair was visited by approximately 150.000 people in eight days. Many stopped by the AIS exhibition site.One of AIS's tasks is to test the use of pure plant oil for vehicle propulsion in laboratory and in practical conditions. The...
The CIVITAS ELAN stand was one of the most frequently visited. The team had quite a lot of promo-material to give away, especially for children, for example balloons, pencils, paper buses and trains and postcards with photo montages of five streets...
CIVITAS ELAN coordinator Zdenka Šimonovič participated in a round table titled “Suburban transport: a key to unburdening the city”. The speakers debated how to organise suburban public transport in larger cities and how to connect it with other...
Both types of hybrid buses were presented at the press conference and also had test routes for the passengers on the regular lines.LPP d.o.o. would like to purchase several hybrid buses for the modernisation of its bus fleet and make public...
One specific business site has been chosen as a pilot, namely ‘Technology Park’ and the neighbouring ‘Tramstraat’. Over the last months, mobility plans have been made for this site, in close cooperation with the majority of the companies and the...
The workshop was organized within one of CIVITAS ELAN’s measures, led by the City of Brno. Inter-modal hubs represent a key point for travel by means of integrated transport systems. Seminars for experts and interested public ensured broad...
The first test-flight was conducted on 21 March 2009. Initial analysis of video images shows that data for several indicators: number of vehicles, average vehicle speed, traffic flow speed etc. can be collected.As said before, these data, along with...
The measure within CIVITAS ELAN is about finding an IT-based system to prevent the yellow student bicycles from being stolen. In case of theft, the system will be able to locate the stolen bike. But the first stage in this CIVITAS measure is the...
De Lijn has installed this new articulated hybrid bus at the beginning of March in the presence of Flemish Minister of Mobility Kathleen Van Brempt. It was the first vehicle of this kind presented in the Benelux.The representatives from LPP came to...
Such a tool and information will be available on mobile phones or other geo-referenced mobile equipment, and desktop web browsers, allowing the user to select the best combination of transportation from the place of departure, which may not be the...
During the CIVITAS ELAN project duration, the Zagreb tram fleet will be completely renewed by introducing low-floors trams that present a modern and innovative aspect of public transport, as they provide much better service for the citizens (air-...
CIVITAS ELAN tram line was assigned number 20 and was operating throughout the city center thus being well noticed and recognized by citizens. In order to inform the citizens about the project more thoroughly, the inside decoration of trams...
This comes as a result of the understanding between local institutions and the city’s CIVITAS partners. The project concerns the reorganization of bus stops and public space, pedestrian safety improvements and illegal parking specific measures....
The first big advantage for passengers will be connected to public charges. With the new city card the modern electronic payment system will be introduced and with it the possibility of variable access to specific zones. The second big advantage...
The majority of the respondents stated that they prefer using a car for numerous activities, while 33,2 % of the respondents used their car for going to work or school, 11,4 % are walking and 9,8 % are using the public transport (bus). Of those...
In the 4 years to come, 150 bus and tram stops will receive a new look. The city will provide more shelters and several stops will be bulged out. These projects are all part of the public transport circulation improvement. Bulging out stops means...
On March 9th, the new hybrid bus has arrived in Gent. At a press conference, given by the Minister of Mobility Kathleen Van Brempt, Ms.
Ljubljana, which already participated in CIVITAS MOBILIS (CIVITAS II) as a learning city, is the project coordinator of CIVITAS ELAN. Furthermore, there is one learning city from the New Member States, Brno. Zagreb, from a candidate country thus...
The workshop was integrated into one of the CIVITAS ELAN common measures which has amongst others, the objective of creating a platform for discussion and exchange of the knowledge and experience in the field of public transport.
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This event, co-organised by CIVITAS ELAN city Zagreb concentrated on "Electronic payments in traffic and transport: status and perspectives". The forum provided: European guidelines and best practices overview in matters of “Electronic payments in...