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Car-independent Lifestyles

Solutions and lifestyles for pushing walking, cycling, co-modality, vehicle and ridesharing

The dependency on the private car needs to be reduced if cities are to achieve cleaner and better transport.

This thematic group looks at measures and innovative solutions which seek to make more sustainable use of the car through car pooling (1), car sharing (2) and public bicycles/bike sharing (3).  The thematic group also focuses on two relevant general areas for sustainable urban mobility: walking and cycling.

Car pooling involves sharing rides among two or more travellers in the same vehicle headed for the same destination. It can be facilitated by organised “matching” services.

Car sharing, on the other hand, involves sharing cars among a group of people that do not necessarily need a car on a daily basis. It is usually based on a membership arrangement with the vehicle parked nearby and can avert purchases of second cars. Sharing vehicles has several benefits. For travellers, it saves money, for employers, it reduces the need for on-site parking, and then there are the obvious benefits that come with fewer cars on the road.

Through- out the world, it has been shown that bike-sharing systems can kickstart a cycling culture in cities where cycling was previously a curiosity or leisure activity. Such systems offer a new way to cycle in the city and encourage citizens to make more use of their own bikes

 

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For more information on less car-dependent lifestyles contact Marjan Frederix, and to join the group, click on the banner on the right-hand side on this page. Take a look at the cities and organisations, which are already members of this thematic group, and view resources relevant to members below.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Submitted by Regina Lüdert on 23/02/2016

Mayor Kuhn explains the concept of climate protection to school children

 

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Over 70% of all Europeans live in cities and cities are becoming increasingly congested and this percentage is increasing. As a result, cities are becoming more congested, suffer from increasingly poor air quality, more noise and are generally less liveable. Increasing the number of people who cy...

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On next December 6th the Final Conference of the European Project “Assessing and improving the accessibility of urban areas” will be held in Brussels (DG MOVE premises). This two years project has addressed various relevant themes – dimensions of accessibility, measure of congestion cost, role of po...
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Following the recent call for a cycling strategy from the Luxembourg Presidency of the European Council, the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions, a new policy report prepared by the European Transport Safety Council and the intense advocacy work done by the European Cycling Federati...
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Especially relevant voor those involved in recently started CIVITAS and innovation projects - Combine your visit to the CIVITAS Forum with an inspiring CIVITAS Training on Tuesday 27 September. Photo: Billion Photos/Shutterstock
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This workshop is organised by:  Ministry of Transport, the Municipalities of Tel Aviv Yafo and Jerusalem, CIVITAS CAPITAL, CIVITAS WIKI, the Porter School of Environmental Studies (PSES) at Tel Aviv University and the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design - Department of Urban Design Aim
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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.

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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: Benefits of cycling

CIVITAS INSIGHT - Accessible mobility: Enabling independent living for all

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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)

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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.

Webinar 1 - Sharing economy - Presentations online

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 bike-sharing

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Highlights on car-sharing

Policy Advice Note Cycling and Walking

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