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Car-independent Lifestyles

Activities and solutions promoting walking, cycling, multi-modal travel, car sharing, bike sharing and carpooling

We need to reduce dependency on the private car  in order to make cities safer, more attractive and economically viable places to live, work and spend leisure time.

This thematic group focusses on the basics of sustainable urban mobility: creating safe and attractive places to walk and cycle. It also looks at measures and solutions which seek to make more efficient and sustainable use of the car through carpoolingcar sharing and bike sharing.  

Carpooling (also called ride sharing or lift sharing or sometimes - confusingly! - car sharing) involves two or more people travelling together in a car (usually a car owned by the driver of the vehicle) to a shared destination, whereas car sharing allows different people access to the use of a fleet of vehicles (normally owned and maintained by a private company or a cooperative) by booking a vehicle for a defined period of time. Each works best in a different context (urban vs. suburban/rural), addresses different issues (urban space issues vs. pollution and congestion) and serves a different target audience (those who don’t need a car for regular daily journeys vs. those who depend on a car for daily use).

Bike sharing schemes involve making bikes available to the public for short-term use, usually in urban areas. Bike share stations are a visible sign that bikes are welcome in a city. Bike sharing schemes can be part of a package of measures that serves to encourage cycling as a means of transportation in a city.

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Feel free to take a look at the cities and organisations that are members of this thematic group and view resources for members below. To join the group, click on the banner on the right-hand side on this page. For more information, contact Bonnie Fenton, the group moderator.

Submitted by Bonnie Fenton on 20/03/2017

 If you are interested in adding your input to the draft European Cycling Strategy, now is the time.The European Cyclists' Federation invites all interested stakeholders to comment on the draft blueprint for an EU Cycling Strategy.

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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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The latest local CIVITAS network, CIVINET Romania, has welcomed its first members. Eleven Romanian-speaking municipalities and organizations joined the network in January 2017: Municipality of Timisoara, Municipality of Constanta, Municipality of Bistrita, Municipa...

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DYN@MO final brochure available summarising the main highlights of this four-year CIVITAS demonstration project

The 28 partners of CIVITAS DYN@MO are very happy to present the final project brochure. The brochure showcases the main...

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Structured on the basis of the project’s three technical work packages, with lessons learned drawn from the research and evaluation findings in the project, the document offers insights specific to each measure, with the aim of empowering local policy makers and technicians with similar ambitions...

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The CIVITAS Secretariat is glad to announce that this year’s CIVITAS FORUM Conference will take place on 27-29 September 2017 in Torres Vedras, Portugal. The annual event brings together the CIVITAS community from across Europe: hundreds of mobility experts, actors and stakeholders, all of whom a...

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The EU FLOW project is running a series of webinars and e-courses throughout 2017 looking at different aspects of congestion, cycling and walking and transport modelling. The first webinar, Congestion and Your...

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, April 5, 2017 (All day) Conference The 4th international conference Smart & Healthy Transport in Cities will be held on 4 – 5 April 2017 in Plzeň, the Czech Republic. The event will focus on the transportation system and how to make it more sustaina...
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The European Cycling Challenge is the biggest urban cyclists' team competition, which takes place every year May, 1-31. 
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El VIII Forum CiViNET España y Portugal se desarrollará en Valencia (España) los días 4 y 5 de mayo de 2017, jueves y viernes. 
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The CIVITAS Secretariat is glad to announce that this year’s CIVITAS FORUM Conference will take place on 27-29 September 2017 in Torres Vedras, Portugal. The annual event brings together the CIVITAS community from across Europe: hundreds of mobility experts, actors and stakeholders, all of whom are...
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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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Automotive sector is quickly and completely changing: main topics of this change will be electrification, autonomous driving, connectivity and security.
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13/10/2016
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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CIVITAS QUOTES: Public involvement in the European Cycling Challenge

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CIVITAS QUOTES: CIVITAS & Environment - The high potential of walking

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.

All the other Insights you can find here, under key publications.

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: How to rebalance modal share by 2030

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CIVITAS QUOTES: Bike Sharing in numbers worldwide

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CIVITAS QUOTES: Benefits of cycling

CIVITAS INSIGHT - Accessible mobility: Enabling independent living for all

CIVITAS INSIGHT - Car sharing - New forms of vehicle use and ownership

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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)

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.

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 car-pooling

Highlights on car-sharing

Policy Advice Note Cycling and Walking

Policy Advice Note Cycling and Walking

Policy Advice Note Cycling and Walking

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Policy Advice Note Cycling and Walking

Policy Advice Note Cycling and Walking

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Policy Advice Note Alternative Car Use

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Policy Advice Note Alternative Car Use

Policy Advice Note Alternative Car Use

Policy Advice Note Alternative Car Use

Policy Advice Note Alternative Car Use

Policy Advice Note Alternative Car Use

Policy Advice Note Alternative Car Use

CITY-2-CITY EXCHANGE - car independent lifestyles

CITY-2-CITY EXCHANGE - car independent lifestyles

CITY-2-CITY EXCHANGE - car independent lifestyles

CITY-2-CITY EXCHANGE - car independent lifestyles

CITY-2-CITY EXCHANGE - car independent lifestyles

CITY-2-CITY EXCHANGE - car independent lifestyles

CITY-2-CITY EXCHANGE - car independent lifestyles

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We need to reduce dependency on the private car  in order to make cities safer, more attractive and economically viable places to live, work and spend leisure time.

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