Site visits are a time-honoured tradition at the CIVITAS Forum. They provide attendees with the opportunity to further explore the concepts discussed in plenary debates and technical sessions in a hands-on environment. By having the chance to ask questions and learn about the experiences of local experts, tour participants are able to bring home additional perspectives that may be applicable for mobility planning in their own cities.
At the CIVITAS Forum 2021 in Aachen, Germany, eight mobility-related tours are planned.
On the "Inner-city mobility" tour, participants will learn about Aachen's plan to become a "City for Strolling". As a city committed to providing a quality cycling experience, participants on three cycling-focused tours will discover how Aachen is improving cyclist safety, cycling infrastructure and creating long-distance cycling paths. On the 'Zero emissions vehicles' tour, participants will gain insight into the process of transitioning a public transportation fleet and utility vehicles to emissions-free vehicles. Mobility-related start-ups will be the focus on the 'DigiCHURCH' tour, while the 'e.GO Factory' tour (tbc) will explore a local manufacturer of electric cars. Finally, by hopping the border to the nearby dutch city of Maastricht, participants will join a lively city tour that includes Europe's first double-decker highway tunnel!
For those interested in exploring the local attractions, four touristic tours are also planned. Participants will have the opportunity to explore Aachen's historic old town, local architecture, the City Hall or the impressive Aachen Cathedral.
The mobility-related tours will take place from 17:15-18:45 on 21 October 2021, while the touristic tours will take place from 16:00-18:00 on 19 October 2021 and 9:00-11:00 on 22 October 2021. See the Forum programme here.
The tours are free of charge, and welcome to all participants joining the conference on-site in Aachen.
To discover further details about each tour, please consult the Site Visit description document here or below.