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Safety and Security

Safe and secure infrastructures and services for passengers and  goods

Safety and security are a core components in creating sustainable urban mobility, and are primary areas of action within CIVITAS, particularly in making roads safer and more secure for 'vulnerable' road users.

Improving the safety and security of modes can be an extremely important step in encouraging users to change (or even try) alternative modes, especially when they are perceived as 'unsafe' (e.g. cycling in cities with little dedicated infrastructure, or taking public transport at night).

Within this thematic group, safety and security measures cover infrastructure, education, technological and promotional measures.

More information

For more information on safe and secure travel, contact Vilja Anttila, and to join the group, click on the banner on the right-hand side on this page. Take a look at the cities, which are already members of this thematic group, and view resources relevant to members below.

Submitted by Bruno Duarte on 27/07/2015

The Mount Hope-Breithaupt Park Neighbourhood Association persuaded the city to place an eye-grabbing mural smack in the middle of the intersection. The hope is the artwork, now part of a pilot traffic project, will make drivers focus and navigate the crossing with caution. (Here’s a 360-degree, street-level view.)

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Submitted by Bruno Duarte on 27/07/2015

EU cities are invited to participate in the sixth edition of the Access City Award - The European Prize for making cities more accessible to people with disabilities and older people.

European cities over 50 000 inhabitants will have the opportunity to present their activities and strategies designed to make cities barrier-free, better places for everyone to live and work.

For more information, please refer to:

Submitted by Bruno Duarte on 26/06/2015

Around 138,400 pedestrians and cyclists lost their lives on EU roads between 2001 and 2013. 7,600 were killed in 2013 alone.

Deaths among pedestrians and cyclists, who are the most vulnerable road users and whose use of the roads is being encouraged for reasons of health and sustainability, account for 29% of all road deaths across the EU. Pedestrians killed represent 21% and cyclists 8% of all road deaths.

Later this year the European Commission is going to revise the Pedestrian Protection Regulation and the General Safety Regulation which set technical requirements applied to all new motor vehicles sold in the EU market. These laws provide an opportunity to increase pedestrian and cyclist safety by setting new standards for vehicles’ frontal protection systems, introducing active in-vehicle safety technologies and adopting new standards for safer goods vehicle cabin designs.

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Submitted by Bruno Duarte on 10/06/2015

More than 40 organisations concerned with road safety from across Europe together with 11 members of the European Parliament have sent a letter to President Jean-Claude Juncker urging him to not drop setting new EU target to cut serious road injuries. POLIS is among the signatories.

The long-planned initiative had been reconfirmed in a Commission press release ( as recently as 24 March, and has already been strongly supported by member states ( and the European Parliament (

The letter and full list of signatories can be downloaded here (

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Submitted by Tito Stefanelli on 08/06/2015



Find more info about  "Cycling motorway - Aalborg", CIVITAS ARCHIMEDES (2008-2012)



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Submitted by Caterina Di Bartolo on 08/06/2015

Find more at the presentation by F. M. Contenti

Submitted by Jamie Hough on 06/05/2015

We are designing a behaviour change intervention for car dooring targeted at taxi drivers and passengers in the City of Melbourne, Australia.

As part of this process we are trying to identify effective countermeasures that have been proven elsewhere. We are looking for evidence, based on properly evaluated interventions, to inform the design of our own program.

From an initial web-based search we have identified a small number of potential case studies. However, as is usually the case, only limited information is available online.
We would be extremely grateful if you could share any information about projects that may relate to this topic.

We are particularly keen to know:
- the behavioural goals
- the involvement of external stakeholders (e.g. Representatives for taxi drivers and taxi regulators)
- what did it involve / what activities were undertaken
- what tools were used / developed
- the costs involved in delivery
- the monitoring and evaluation framework
- the outcomes (intended and unintended)

Your assistance would be most welcome. Or, if you are unable to help but can point us in the right direction, we would be very grateful.

If you would like further information about the work we are doing, please do not hesitate to ask.

As a gesture of gratitude for your help, we are happy to share the outcomes of this research with you.

Jamie Hough
Designer Researcher
Studio huss

Submitted by Andrea Bogi on 16/04/2015

On February 26th 2015 the CIVITAS Thematic Group Safety and Security organised a peer-review in Malaga on how to improve the city's cycling network.

The peer-review group was composed by a total of 9 participants: the peer-reviewers from the city of Utrecht (Mr Jan Bloemheuvel and Mr Ruud Ditewig), 6 representatives from the city of Malaga and 1 representative from the city of San Giuseppe Vesuviano (Italy) as thematic group participant. Candela Bravo from CIVITAS WIKI was also present to coordinate the activity.

The peer-review exercise started with a site visit of a section of the current cycling infrastructure in Malaga’s east coast, followed by an interactive session on the “Cycling policies and infrastructures in Malaga” focusing on the following topics:

  • Construction Techniques and Materials used in Bicycle Lanes
  • Junctions and sensitive spots
  • Cycling parking facilities (safety and security measures)
  • Coexistence between bicycles and pedestrians

The discussion was very fruitful and the peer-reviewers provided many feedback, comments and recommendations. 

A final session was instead dedicated to the cycling planning of the city of Utrecht.

More information on the results of the peer-review can be found here:

A wide range of different topics and creative ideas came out during the project, which is one of the four current CIVITAS neighbourhood planning projects. Now, overviews of these have been catalogued in a series of fact sheets available...

Author: Richard Adams
12/06/2020 - 10:21

An estimated 22,800 people died in a road crash last year. That is almost 7,000 fewer fatalities than in 2010 and marks a decrease of 23%. This also marks a 2% fall compared with 2018. With an average of 51 road deaths per one million inhabitants, Europe remains by far the safest region in the wo...

Author: Richard Adams
11/06/2020 - 21:26

Smart Ways to Antwerp – the Belgian city’s programme to stimulate sustainable mobility behaviour – wants to prevent the modal split from tilting back in favour of the car in light of ongoing safety concerns.

Author: Katia Kishchenko
26/05/2020 - 11:07

The winners of the SUMP Award 2020 and the first ever EU Urban Road Safety Award were yesterday revealed as being Brussels Capital Region (Belgium) and Pontevedra (Spain).

Author: Richard Adams
19/05/2020 - 16:24

This is the case of Hulsberg, the SUNRISE neighbourhood in the city of Bremen (Geermany), where traffic has dramatically slowed down and cycling took a predominant role.

However, since the majority of residents are working from home and leisure activities such as visiting friends have stop...

Author: Richard Adams
23/04/2020 - 14:50
European Commissioner for Transport Adina Valean, in cooperation with the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union, has the pleasure to announce that Digital Transport Days 2020  will be held this year on 18 November in digital format.
02/12/2020 to 03/12/2020
Following a record-breaking conference in Brussels, which brought together over 600 participants in November 2019, the 2020 Polis Annual Conference will take place in Arnhem-Nijmegen City Region, Netherlands, on 2-3 December 2020.  The Polis Annual Conference provides an opportunity for cities and...
The first thematic webinar from CIVITAS ECCENTRIC is coming! Taking place on Tuesday 12 March 2019, 14:00-15:30 CET, it will examine vulnerable groups and gender issues in sustainable urban mobility planning. Vulnerable groups such as children, older people, or people with disabilities depend on p...
22/11/2018 to 23/11/2018
The 2018 Annual Polis Conference 'Innovation in transport for sustainable cities and regions' will take place on 22 and 23 November in Manchester United Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, United Kingdom.  It is the network's annual flagship event. It provides a unique platform to engage with represe...
22/10/2018 to 24/10/2018
City representatives are invited to apply to join an upcoming CIVITAS study visit in Stockholm (Sweden). The study visit in Stockholm will span three days from 22-24 October 2018. Those attending have the chance to discover the city's innovative work on e-mobility, including  charging infrastruct...
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Politicians from CIVITAS Forum Network member cities are invited to attend this year's Politicians' Forum, which is being held at the upcoming CIVITAS Forum in Umeå. Taking place from 09:30 to 12:00 on 20 September, the meeting will bring together senior officials from local authorities across...
11/09/2018 to 14/09/2018
City representatives are invited to apply to join an upcoming CIVITAS study visit in Bristol (UK) that is taking place from 11 - 14 September. Site visits will enable participating cities to see first-hand the exciting sustainable urban mobility and urban development initiatives in the city.


CIVITAS QUOTES: CIVITAS & Economy: 30 km/h zone


CIVITAS QUOTES: CIVITAS & Transport - Raised pedestrian/bicycle crossing


CIVITAS QUOTES: CIVITAS & Society - Traffic calming measures


CIVITAS QUOTES: CIVITAS & Economy - LED (Light Emitting Diode)


CIVITAS QUOTES: Give way to safety


CIVITAS QUOTES: A first-class cycle highway


CIVITAS QUOTES: Surveillance of passenger security


CIVITAS QUOTES: Give way to safety


CIVITAS QUOTES: A first-class cycle highway


CIVITAS QUOTES: Surveillance of passenger security


CIVITAS QUOTES: Safer routes to school implementation

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.

STRENGTHENING ROAD SAFETY LEGISLATION: A practice and resource manual for countries

Do you develop road safety legislation for your country? WHO’s guide on strengthening road safety legislation is now available in English, French, Russian and Spanish. The guide describes how to enact new laws or amend existing ones on key risk factors.

Giving back the public space to the people - Mobility measures in Vitoria-Gasteiz

In the context of the next CIVITAS study tour hosted by the city of  Vitoria-Gasteiz on the 196&20 June 2014, an interested document presenting the mobility measures implmented by the city has been created:  

The main measures presented:

  • Superblocks project;
  • Traffic calming measures;
  • Freight distribution areas and limitations;
  • New Public transport network;
  • Local Bicycle Mobility Plan.

Should you have any question, please contac:

Environmental Studies Centre of Vitoria-Gasteiz

Asier Sarasua Garmendia



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.

First CIVITAS MIMOSA Policy Statement 2009 on Safety & Security