Awards 2011

The award ceremony took place on 17 October, 2011 in the municipal theatre in Funchal. 

Click here to see the presentation shown on the screen during the ceremony.

Bids were evaluated by an independent jury consisting of a representative of the CIVITAS Forum Host City (Funchal), an independent transport expert (Anthony May, Emeritus Professor of Transport Engineering, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds President, World Conference on Transport Research Society) an independent public participation expert (Magdolna Tóth Nagy, Senior Expert, Civil Society Support and the Implementation of the Aarhus Convention) a transport journalist (Sonja van Rennsen, Senior Reporter at ENDS Europe - expert environmental journalist) and last year’s CIVITAS “City of the year” (Genova).

Category I - Technical Innovation

A CIVITAS Forum member city is eligible to apply for this award. However, winners the CIVITAS Award in 2009 are not eligible to apply in the same category.

The winner of this category has to evidence: a single or an integrated set of sustainable urban transport measures that demonstrate technical innovation. The city’s mobility solution needs to refer to incremental and emergent changes in mobility and represent the embodiment, combination, or synthesis of sustainable urban mobility knowledge in original, relevant, valued new products, processes, or services.    

Category II - Public Participation

A CIVITAS Forum member city is eligible to apply for this award. However, winners the CIVITAS Award in 2009 are not eligible to apply in the same category.

The winner of this category has to evidence that the city administration have consulted and involved citizens and other stakeholders with respect to your sustainable urban transport measure/policy/strategy’s:

1) Design

2) Development and adoption

3) Implementation

4) Monitoring and evaluation.   

Category III - CIVITAS City of the Year

A CIVITAS Forum member city is eligible to apply for this award. However, winners the CIVITAS Award in 2009 are not eligible to apply in the same category.

1) Continuing implementation of ambitious transport policies;

2) Active involvement of local stakeholders throughout implementation;

3) An ability to address key challenges and obstacles as they arose during policy implementation;

4) Active representation of the CIVITAS Initiative.

Award for Public Participation

Winner city: Ghent

In the Public Participation category, Ghent was the winner for the "sheer breadth of its actions to engage stakeholders on sustainable urban transport policy," said Sonja Van Renssen, jury member. "From questionnaires and face-to-face interviews to a weekly citizens working group and dialogue cafes, to hearings, letters, social media alerts, public visits and Q&A opportunities, this city has done everything it can on public engagement."

Burgos (Spain) and Brighton & Hove (UK) were the two runners-up in the Public Participation category, decided for their interesting approaches to involve citizens and stakeholders in mobility actions and decisions. The other applicants were Gdansk, Arenas de San Pedro, Brno, Burgas, Graz, Koprivnica, Iasi and Nantes.

Award for Technical Innovation

Winner city: Utrecht

Utrecht won the award for Technical Innovation. Utrecht's sustainable freight transport solutions helped make it the winner. Among other clever solutions, Utrecht has put in place a comprehensive system that relies on its inland waterways through the use of an electric "beer boat", and is using centrally co-ordinated solar-powered electric vehicle(s) called "Cargohoppers" for city-centre freight deliveries.

Two runner-ups were named in the Technical Innovation category: Stockholm and Treviso. Stockholm has made impressive efforts to populate its fleet of electric vehicles with a programme involving the private and public sectors, EV manufacturers, national authorities and experts.  Judges remarked that Treviso (Italy) warranted a mention as a runner-up because of its positive attitude toward mobility strategy and implementation of innovative solutions.

The other applicants were Krakow, Donostia-San Sebastian, Craiova, Usti nad Labem, Bath, Ghent, Perugia and Brighton & Hove.

CIVITAS City of the Year

Winner city: Utrecht

The wide range of measures combined with its a progressive programme for freight delivery earned Utrecht recognition as CIVITAS City of the Year. According to Sonja Van Renssen, jury member, "Utrecht has a "wide-ranging approach…stretching from targeting behavioural change to investment in public transport. It's promoting everything from car sharing and cleaner trams to efficient freight transport and Park & Ride."

The active involvement of Utrecht's citizens in the city's public transportation projects was another factor singled out by the CIVITAS Award panel of judges. Watch a video presenting Utrecht's activities here.

Stockholm's activities to advance its electric charging infrastructure made it a runner-up for City of the Year. The other applicants were Parma, Léon, Aalborg, Donostia-San Sebastian, Krakow, Brighton & Hove, Perugia, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Ljubljana.

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