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2009 Winner: Nantes (France)

Any of the 58 CIVITAS demonstration cities were eligible to apply for this award.

Nantes’ winning entry focused on four action areas, which helped it earn the “City of the Year” award. The first two actions relate to the bus network: the development of a clean bus fleet (more than 80% of the city’s total bus fleet now runs on compressed natural gas; and the design of a new “Chronobus” quality and performance mark for bus lines within Nantes. Third, Nantes demonstrated aggressive improvement in bicycle use through the construction of secure bike parking spaces, extension of the rent-a-bike service, and experimentation with the use of foldable bicycles in combination with public transport. Finally, the city remodelled city centre roads to favour public transport (tram lines, for example) over private cars.

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