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Urban mobility and social inclusion - Planning accessibility for more sustainable cities

Awards 2014

CIVITAS awarded the winners of the 11th Edition of the CIVITAS Awards competition. The Award ceremony took place during the CIVITAS FORUM 2014, in Casablanca, Morocco, on the 26th of September 2014.

All three award-winning cities and their activities will be showcased as examples of excellence, without ignoring the valiant efforts of the second and third runner-ups, inspiring other cities to further develop sustainable mobility initiatives. The European Commission will now formally recognize each of the three cities' commitment to promoting cleaner and more sustainable public transport, fostering a culture of sustainable urban transport across Europe and beyond. 

Link to the Press Release

Award for Public Participation
Winner City: Bremen
CIVITAS Awards Public Participation: Bremen

In the category of Public Participation, Bremen adopted a superbly integrated strategy to reach out to citizens and involve them in advancing public transport. It capitalised on novel media channels and diverse engagement tools, both in the virtual world and real world. Highlights included an online geo-referenced consultation platform where users could see approved posts, as well as a competition for employers to bike to work.

Gdynia came a close second in this category with an impressive mix of engagement techniques including on-street participatory audits, social media reports and citizen interactive exercises. Noteworthy among Gdynia's achievements are the bike-to-work competition and citizens' fund to further sustainable transport.

 

Winner's Presentation: 

CIVITAS Awards 2014: Public Participation - BREMEN

Civitas City of the Year
Winner City: Brighton & Hove
City of the Year 2014: Brighton & Hove (UK)

The category of City of the Year had only two candidates, Odense in Denmark and the UK's Brighton & Hove. The latter won the award for building on the support of CIVITAS such as the floating bus stop concept, e-vehicles strategy and personalised travel marketing. In the case of Odense, getting rid of the four-lane urban highway that runs through the city centre has been an important achievement which almost earned it first place .

Award for Technical Innovation
Winner City: Malaga
CIVITAS Awards Technical Innovation: Malaga (Spain)

Beating Tallinn in Estonia and Torres Vedras in Portugal for this award, Malaga hinged its success on the electric vehicle or e-vehicle project, complete with a range of services to users such as home charging, maintenance, incentives and online applications. Spain's sixth largest city valiantly and successfully brought together several international companies to achieve its vision and eliminate barriers to electric mobility. With its new integrated management parking system, it achieved much better use of public space and improved mobility of residents, encouraging the use of public bicycles. 

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