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RENAISSANCE

CIVITAS RENAISSANCE

CIVITAS RENAISSANCE embraces the motto of “Testing Innovative Strategies for Clean Urban Transport for historic European cities”. It is a project between five cities that face mobility challenges through seasonal tourism: Perugia (Italy), Bath (UK), Gorna Oryhavitsa (Bulgaria), Szczecinek (Poland), and Skopje (Macedonia).

About CIVITAS RENAISSANCE

CIVITAS RENAISSANCE aims to demonstrate how the legacy of the Renaissance can be preserved and developed through a renaissance of innovative and sustainable clean urban transport solutions. The project aims to test and develop a valuable, reliable and integrated package of mobility measures that will make historic cities cleaner and safer.

Known worldwide for their historic city centres, the CIVITAS RENAISSANCE cities are blessed with large numbers of visitors. Tourism itself is a key driver of the European economy accounting for 4 percent of the EU’s GDP. However, the demand on the transport system through seasonal tourism exacerbates the problem that the transport systems of historic cities typically face. They need to serve central urban areas that are characterised by a layout of narrow streets and where public, private and freight transport compete for space. Cities face the challenge to ensure economic vitality and employment, while maintaining a high-quality, safe and environmental-friendly public environment.

Implementing sustainable mobility

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Project results

CIVITAS RENAISSANCE aims to demonstrate that new and innovative transport solutions can facilitate mobility, economic growth and environmental sustainability while protecting the valuable fabric of historic cities. Innovative transport management strategies will reduce congestion, and initiate a shift away from the private car to sustainable modes and vehicles. RENAISSANCE intends to raise public awareness of transport and environmental issues. Cleaner urban transport in historic cities will help preserve tradition, culture and architectural heritage on which the local economy and social development largely depend. This will enhance economic activities and social aspects.

A key project outcome is the development and validation of new break-through solutions and best practice, which will inspire historic cities across Europe to improve existing services, and make public transport more attractive. The approach taken ensures that results will be verified and can be applied to other cities. Successful implementation of the RENAISSANCE measures will become a turning point for managing traffic in historic towns throughout Europe. The lessons learnt will be invaluable to European policy making and for the promotion of a sustainable transport future in Europe.
 

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After finishing the works on the last part of the bicycle lane planned for this year within the RENAISSANCE project in Szczecinek, the network alongside Lake Trzesiecko is now completed and stretches along about 5.8 km. The lanes are equipped with a...
The Mayor of Szczecinek, Mr Hardie Douglas was the active host of an event to promote  cycling. A mass of cyclists have tested the new bicycle lanes.
The three-day “Treasure and Transform” exhibition brings the story of the transformation that is currently underway in Bath & North East Somerset to life, and the projects and partnerships that will shape the city’s future prosperity.Bath’s two...
Within CIVITAS RENAISSANCE, the municpality of Perugia, the local University and a private company have been worked together to offer a very easy to use system for car pooling in the city. The University designed a fully automatic carpool web-...
The new plan will increase environment protection and take the first step towards implementing other measures to address transport challenges. The main focus areas are the use of cleaner vehicles and reorganisation of insufficiently developed...
Being environmentally friendly is not an easy task, and involves many activities in various fields. In transport, this means not only introducing gas-powered buses, but also ensuring that no part of the operation will be harmful to the environment....
Many cyclists gathered together for the ride, which had a route of about 15 kilometres, starting and finishing at Plac Wolnoś ci (the main square of the city). During the cycle ride, more than 300 cyclists had the opportunity to test the new links...
The launch was attended by CIVITAS partners, including representatives of Bath & North East Somerset Council, local television and print media, and others including the city’s Member of Parliament. Those attending were able to ride the bus from...
Following the invitation received from the CIVITAS RENAISSANCE team of Gorna Oryahovitsa, almost 300 people attended the events which were organised throughout the day. The main events were dedicated to children and they consisted in a bicycle...
The Curitiba delegates wanted to learn about the success of the city in implementing its programme of sustainable urban transport measures, including the advanced Mini-Metro solution, public transport integration and clean vehicle fleets, info-...
The conference was organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe), under the auspices of the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European programme...
The venue was one of the most beautiful places in the town - the park on the lake. Bikes normally used in renting points this time were waiting for young competitors. A special race track was prepared and more than one hundred competitors started...
The objective of the day was to underline the national importance of cycling as an environmentally friendly mode of travel. During the day, streets were given cycle priority, and Perugia offered the largest ‘cycle network’ for the day of all Italian...
CIVITAS RENAISSANCE continues to be promoted in Skopje by the City authority and JSP. A bus branded with CIVITAS RENAISSANCE can now be seen on the main routes in Skopje. Bus branding is a cost effective way to turn the buses into a professional...
On 20 November, pupils from two primary schools and one kindergarten gathered to talk with police representatives and watch a film about how to behave on the streets as pedestrian or cyclist. The event was very interactive and gave the children a...
Exhibition panels with a selection of the fifteen designs submitted from around the world to the ATS ULTra design competition were displayed at Bath’s Green Park Station. In addition to the competition entries, an ULTra vehicle was set up at the...
Additionally, the data collected was used to build a city traffic model, i.e. a combination of supply and demand models. The supply model represents the main street network and public urban transport routes and the demand model consists of origin-...
Exhibition panels with a selection of the fifteen designs submitted from around the world to the ATS ULTra design competition were displayed at Bath’s Green Park Station. A display by Bath & North East Somerset Council highlighted the full range...
Fifteen companies received awards as keynote speakers Colin Rees of Bath and North East Somerset Council, Site Leader CIVITAS Renaissance Bath and Professor Graham Parkhurst of the University of the West of England, Evaluation Manager for...
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As European Mobility Week came to a close on “In town without my car day”, five hundred cyclists gathered in front of the Town Hall to demonstrate their commitment to environmental protection. Many of the group were pupils, their teachers and...
As part of the RENAISSANCE project, State of the Art Clinics were held on 9 - 10 July in Brussels. These Clinics form part of the State of the Renaissance Art Review, which plans to deliver a report on the Project’s development with regard to the...
In a cultural and historic environment such as the City of Bath, UK (the location chosen for this feasibility study), the aesthetics of the system will be paramount. In order to discover the best possible solution, ATS would like explore the most ...

Contact

Coordination: Leonardo Naldini
Management: Piero Sunzini
Evaluation: Barry Ubbels
Dissemination: Jacek Piotrowski
Technical Management: Laurie Pickup
EC Project Officer: Antonio Scala