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CIVITAS Forum 2019 Site Visits

Join the site visits at this year's CIVITAS Forum to explore and understand innovative mobility projects in Graz and its surroundings. The meeting point for all site visits is outside the main entrance of the event venue, "Congress Graz" (or in the foyer in case it rains). There are two opportunities to attend site visits. The first is on Wednesday 2 October, 10.30, and the second is on Friday 4 October, 14.00, following the closing plenary. 
Participants are encouraged to arrive on time, as each site visit can have a maximum number of 20 participants. Participation will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Each site visit guide will have a pole with a sign displaying the name of the site visit. Go there and get your sticker for the respective site visit you would like to take part in. Once all stickers are gone, no further participants can be accepted.

A: Mobility in the historic city centre of Graz – a city for cars or more space for people?

As in many European cities, mobility policy in Graz concentrated on cars for a long time. The negative consequences of this planning – accidents, noise and pollution being but a few – led to a rethink. The late 1980s political saw decision makers start to prioritise walking, cycling and public transport. This change was made easier by the historic structure of the cit, with its many narrow alleys, medieval buildings and large public squares. The main goal was to maintain and improve quality of life. With the help of many CIVITAS-funded activities, Graz has become a hotbed for innovative sustainable mobility measures. This site visit will show Graz’s model of success, whilst revealing its current mobility challenges.

Photo credit: Stadt Graz / Harry Schiffer

B: Smart City Graz – a city of short trips

The smart city development area in the west of Graz is characterised by urban mixed-use developments; this has helped create attractive and diverse districts. In mobility terms, the aim is to encourage people to use sustainable modes for short, everyday trips. Mobility contracts between the City of Graz and private investors ensure that public spaces serve as ideal places for people to spend time and that they foster a variety of sustainable mobility measures.

Since development started, a district manager has served as an information, contact, participation and networking point. Within a demo building, the green.LAB researches how greening technologies can be integrated into modular wooden buildings. The green.LAB itself offers an extensive event and workshop programme on green infrastructure for representatives of the construction and property industry, planners and interested citizens. This site visit takes you from the dusty ground of a live development site up to green and breezy heights.

Photo credit: StadtLABOR GmbH

C: Innovative mobility solutions for an historic city

Mobility innovation using existing technologies and enhancing well-known services has always been key in Graz’s traffic management strategy. Often, pilot installations and frontline research are being undertaken right in front of your very eyes, but still go unnoticed. This site visit will let you experience first-hand the future services and innovative solutions that are hidden within Graz’s historic centre.

Photo credit: Stadt Graz




D: Pilot Project “GrazLog”: A walkshop on sustainable urban logistics

Graz faces the dilemma of ensuring a working freight and delivery transport system for businesses in its city centre in the face of e-commerce’s increasing influence and strong competition from shopping centres. At the same time, Graz wants to move towards sustainable urban logistics, which reduces the negative impact of delivery traffic, such as noise and air pollution and damage to roads.

The pilot project “GrazLog” aims to meet all both these needs with the help of an urban logistics hub and environmentally friendly vehicles. This walkshop introduces the “GrazLog” pilot project and puts you in the position of project coordinators – this is a chance to bring in your ideas and co-create new solutions!

Photo credit: Stadt Graz / Harry Schiffer

Site visit E: Research and education in aerospace for a better mobility

The FH Joanneum in Graz offers a multitude of degree programmes as a University of Applied Sciences. Besides offering one bachelor and two master degree programmes, the Aviation Institute is also involved in numerous research activities addressing a broad range of technical aspects of aeronautics, as well as the wider topic of mobility. This site visit introduces you to selected examples of such research in their laboratory.

Photo credit: FH JOANNEUM




Site visit F: tim goes REGIOtim – Urban and peripheral examples of multi modal hubs in contrast

“tim” stands for “täglich.intelligent.mobil” and has become a synonym for clean, urban mobility in Graz. A “tim” hub is a multimodal mobility hub that is easily accessible by public transport, cycling and on foot. The aim of these is to improve the accessibility of urban and sub-regional centres without having to own a private car. In 2016, the first “tim” hub was installed in Graz. As part of the Interreg Central Europe project “Peripheral Access”, the first “tim”-hub will be installed on the periphery of Graz in autumn 2019. This site visit introduces you to a multimodal success story.

Note: This site visit is only offered on 4 October.

Photo credit: Holding Graz / Emanuel Drohneberger