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Study visits & placements

Cities sharing knowledge to foster sustainable mobility

These practice-oriented learning activities are designed to enhance the knowledge exchange between cities dealing with similar transport challenges and ultimately improve urban mobility across Europe.

Cities are selected to participate via annual calls for both host and visiting cities.

Join CIVITAS study visits taking place in 2020!

Interested towns and cities can now apply to take part in a series of CIVITAS study visits taking place in 2020.

Participating offers a wide variety of benefits:

  • Experiencing first-hand the achievements and discover the lessons learned of cities leading in sustainable urban mobility;
  • Exchanging and learning from peers facing similar transport challenges;
  • Seeing transport and mobility in new contexts.

Madrid (Spain) - study visit - 25-27 March 2020

The Madrid study visit will focus on new mobility services, together with the promotion of active modes. The visit will take participants to one of the CIVITAS ECCENTRIC living labs and report on how the operation of EMT, Madrid's public transport company, as well as the management of mobility in the city.

Other topics to be covered during the study visit are: cycling infrastructure; pedestrian infrastructure; e-mobility; advanced parking management; and surveillance and mobility management.

Participation in the study visit is free of charge, however accommodation and travel costs are not covered.

To attend, send an email before 7 March to Arianna Americo - arianna.americo@eurocities.eu - stating your interest in joining.

Rethymno (Greece) - study visit - 22-24 April 2020

Rethymno is a partner city in CIVITAS DESTINATIONS. Sustainable development has informed its work since 2007: in 2011 it joined the Covenant of Mayors and in 2017 the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (2017).  Sustainable mobility is also a pillar in the municipality's Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP).

The study visit will focus on the topics of electro-mobility, shared mobility systems, and mobility plans for schools. During the visit, a variety of local and regional stakeholders will be involved, including Rethymno Municipality, the Technical University of Crete, CIVINET CY – EL, the Region of Crete, and the Ministry of Transport. Applications for this study visit are now closed.

Szeged (Hungary) – study visit - 18-20 May 2020

Szeged is a pioneering city in Hungary with regards to mobility management. The city is also the National Network Manager for the Hungarian CIVINET Network.

Over the past 15 years, Szeged has implemented several mobility solutions. This includes establishing traffic calming zones; improving cycling infrastructure; creating new bus lines; expanding and reconstructing its tram and trolleybus network and providing comfort services for PT users such as Wifi network on board and contactless payment for the public transport tickets.

As many of these were implemented due to committed CIVITAS involvement, Szeged received the CIVITAS Legacy Award in 2018.

During the CIVITAS study visit, the following themes will be explored: clean fuels and vehicles, collective passenger transport, car-independent lifestyle, integrated planning, mobility management and public involvement.

Find the application form here and draft agenda here. Send your application form to Arianna Americo from EUROCITIES - arianna.americo@eurocities.eu by 20 March 2020.

Vinnytsia (Ukraine) – study visit - 24-26 June 2020

In recent times, the city of Vinnytsia has made significant progress in realising sustainable urban mobility principles, whilst strongly fostering participatory practices. Its public transport systems is one of the best in Ukraine.

Vinnytsia is currently participating in the "integrated urban development" project from the GIZ (the German development agency). The "New Street" projects are focused on pedestrian comfort, cycling and traffic safety. In 2019, Vinnytsia also received the CIVITAS Bold Measure Award.

Central themes of the CIVITAS visit will mainly encompass collective passenger transport, integrated planning and safety and security.

During the visit, a wide variety of activities will be organised. These include a walking tour of the city to explore problem areas and implemented projects; a visit to Vinnytsia's public transport company; and a bicycle excursion to get acquainted with the city's bicycle infrastructure.

Find the application form here. Send your application form to Arianna Americo from EUROCITIES - arianna.americo@eurocities.eu by 24 April 2020.

Utrecht (The Netherlands) – study visit – during the week of 7-11 September 2020

Additional info on this study visit will be provided shortly.

Bratislava (Slovakia) – study visit - 5-7 October 2020

The Slovak capital is striving to support and promote car-independent lifestyles to its citizens and put pedestrians and cyclists first.

The city’s vision for sustainable mobility – called “Plan Bratislava” – is based on four main pillars: putting pedestrians first; a healthy city with cyclists; high-quality urban transport in the city; and smart car usage (e.g. car sharing).

One of Bratislava’s key priorities is to find innovative solutions related to different kinds of non-motorised transport and to encourage citizens to travel using modes other than the car.

This should lead to a safer and healthier living environment and public spaces. Within this context, the study visit will demonstrate several city projects aimed at transforming public spaces previously used by cars into car-free zones for all.

Moreover, it will focus on the partnership between the city and relevant civil society initiatives, promoting the sustainable mobility achievements arising from this blossoming relationship, particularly in relation to cycling.

Find the application form here. Send your application form to Arianna Americo from EUROCITIES - arianna.americo@eurocities.eu by 31 August 2020.

Financial support
If you are selected as visiting city, you will receive support for the preparation and the follow-up of the visit you will attend. Some cities will also be eligible to receive financial support of up to €600 for travel and accommodation costs.

Read the study visit application forms for more details.

Further information

What is a study visit?

CIVITAS study visits provide the opportunity for a group of up to ten city representatives to travel to another European city facing similar sustainable urban mobility challenges and learn about possible solutions and best practices.

Lasting between two and five days, these study visits are tailored to the needs of the participating cities and utilise an interactive approach. Selected city representatives will benefit from financial support covering travel and accommodation costs.

What is a work placement?

CIVITAS work placements offer transport professionals a hands-on learning experience in another European city. The placements, which run for between two to five days, focus on a concrete topic and respond to a local challenge faced by the visiting city.

The main objective is to transfer practical knowledge and expertise from the host city to help achieve a specific objective. Financial support is available to cover travel and accommodation costs for selected cities.

When will the peer-to-peer activities take place?

CIVITAS work placements and study visits are taking place each year between 2017 and 2020. The exact dates of the visits will be decided in cooperation with the host and the visiting cities, with the support of the CIVITAS consortium.

What are the benefits for cities taking part to peer-to-peer activities?

Through their participation in CIVITAS peer-to-peer activities, cities will:

  • Gain important European recognition and visibility for their sustainable mobility actions;
  • Receive opportunities to share their experience with European experts and European institutions and therefore contribute to shaping EU transport policy;
  • Take part in facilitated peer review exchanges with a common methodology;
  • Obtain practical guidance and support from the CIVITAS Secretariat;
  • Gain direct access to specific expertise and best practices;
  • Receive coaching through progress reviews and monitoring;
  • Learn recognised methods for networking and building capacity.

Language of the activities

The working language of CIVITAS initiative is English, meaning that all working documents will be provided in English. In order to take part in the exchange activities, an intermediate to advanced level of English is expected.

Contact person:

Should you have questions, get in touch with Arianna Americo: arianna.americo@eurocities.eu.