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Research Projects

Developing new knowledge related to transport

The research projects run under CIVITAS 2020 focus on establishing new knowledge or exploring the feasibility of a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution related to transport

The following may be included if they aim to demonstrate:

  • the technical feasibility of cleaner, better transport options for cities;
  • basic and applied research;
  • the development and integration of technology;
  • and testing and validation in small-scale demonstrations or pilot activities.

Sustainable urban mobility plans


The focus of CIVITAS SUMPs-Up is to help cities that experience negative effects of transport to accelerate the development and implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).

The project will assist mobility planning authorities, especially in countries where SUMP take-up is low, to overcome barriers that stop or make it difficult to implement the plans. It will provide learning opportunities, tools and guidance for cities to develop high-quality SUMPs, and work with national governments to raise awareness of the concept and create favourable conditions for SUMP development.

SUMPs-Up will make funding available to bring together technical experts to input into the project’s activities and help test its products and services. It will also provide financial assistance to enable cities to take part in learning support activities, and test pilot SUMP measures. SUMPs-Up will monitor and evaluate the progress of SUMPs in cities and make real-time improvements to ensure they make the maximum impact.

Contact: Ana Dragutescu,

Visit SUMPs-Up for more details.


Sustainable Urban Integrated Transport Systems: Transferable tools for Small-Medium local authorities  

The SUITS project’s aim is to substantially increase the capacity of Small-Medium local authorities to develop and implement sustainable, inclusive, integrated and accessible transport strategies, policies, technologies, practices, procedures, tools, measures and intelligent transport systems that recognize the end-to-end travel experiences of all users and freight.

The project outputs will provide valuable tools for local authorities and policy makers in making the case for socially and economically sustainable investments in transport. SUITS targets four key areas:

  • Capacity gaps in small-medium local authorities’ knowledge and work practices.
  • The need for integrated urban mobility planning of both freight and passengers based on the capture and use of information relating to the diversity of active, private, public, shared and multimodal forms of transport, journey types and travellers/freight.
  • The need to exploit future transport technologies to improve transport efficiency and enhance quality of life.
  • The need to maximise the effectiveness and sustainability of transport measures through transferable best practice, new funding models and creation of sustainable opportunities for new business entries.

Contact 1: Project Coordinator: Prof. Andree Woodcock, Coventry University -

Contact 2: Elena Tavlaki, SIGNOSIS:   

Visit SUITS for more details.


Despite good parking management proving to be beneficial in fostering sustainable urban mobility in cities, it remains one of the most underdeveloped policy areas linked to Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).

Park4SUMP aims to change this by considering parking management as part of wider urban development strategies and, in turn, as something that not only benefits urban mobility but also enhances the overall quality of life in cities.

Good parking management can help free up public space, support local businesses, reduce journey times, generate revenue, and ultimately make cities more attractive.

In Park4SUMP, 16 cities have teamed up to demonstrate and transfer the benefits of strategically and smartly managed parking.

Five Leading Cities - Vitoria Gasteiz (Spain), Rotterdam (the Netherlands), Freiburg (Germany), Krakow (Poland) and Trondheim (Norway) - will share their knowledge of barriers to and enablers of  effective parking policy with 11 Follower Cities from across Europe. This intense exchange will inspire cities to act and promote mutual learning, regardless of experience.

The Follower Cities are Sint-Niklaas (Belgium), Slatina (Romania), Sofia (Bulgaria), Tallinn (Estonia), Zadar (Croatia), Shkodra (Albania), Lisboa (Portugal), Gdansk (Poland), La Rochelle (France), Reggio Emilia (Italy), and Umeå (Sweden).

Visit the Park4SUMP website for details.

Coordinators: Patrick Auwerx -; Laurens Vander Kuylen -

Sustainble neighbourhood mobility planning


The project Metamorphosis aims at transforming neighbourhoods in more liveable shared spaces. Metamorphosis starts from the premises that when a neighbourhood has many children on its public spaces, its well-designed.


The main objectives of the project are to:

  • Transform car-oriented neighbourhoods into children-friendly neighbourhoods achieving behavioural change and increase in the quality of life
  • Build the vision needed for such transformations – involving end-users, including children, and stakeholders
  • Answer some basic research questions related to neighbourhood transformation
  • Achieve creative breakthrough innovations – in development, in design, in governance and in planning procedures – for streets, squares and other public spaces in neighbourhoods and urban districts
  • Through the above described mechanisms, develop and implement children friendly mobility solutions (e.g. pedestrianisation, better and more equitable shared public spaces, street design elements, child oriented “Share Points”)
  • Evaluate take up, involvement, process and impacts using innovative evaluation methodologies
  • Develop and implement innovative transfer instruments to transfer Metamorphosis-innovations from city to city and country to country, also beyond the duration of the project.


Visit METAMORPHOSIS for more details.


MUV – Mobility Urban Values – leverages behavior change in local communities using an innovative approach to improve urban mobility: changing commuting habits through a game that mixes digital and physical experiences. Rather than focus on costly and rapidly ageing urban infrastructures, MUV promotes a shift towards more sustainable and healthy mobility choices by engaging in a positive way local communities, local businesses, policymakers and Open Data enthusiasts.

MUV solutions will be open, co-created with a strong learning community of users and stakeholders, and piloted in a set of diverse urban neighborhoods spread across Europe:

Amsterdam (NL), Barcelona (ES), Fundao (PT), Ghent (BE), Helsinki (FI), Palermo (IT).

Mobility and environmental data gathered via the mobile app and the monitoring stations, all released as Open Data, will allow policymakers to enhance planning processes and civic hackers to build new services able to improve cities’ quality of life in a more effective way.

Contact 1:

Coordinator: Salvatore Di Dio,

Visit MUV for more details.


Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods – Research and Implementation Support in Europe

The Sunrise project will develop new participatory tools to facilitate collaborative ways to address mobility challenges at the neighbourhood level. The project’s mission is therefore to develop, implement, assess and facilitate co-learning about new, collaborative ways to address common local urban mobility challenges through “neighbourhood mobility labs”. These laboratories will lay the foundation for the Sustainable Neighbourhood Mobility Planning (SNMP) which in turn builds on the Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) concept.

These solutions will be tested in the six SUNRISE neighbourhood cities of Bremen, Budapest, Jerusalem, Malmo, Southend-on-Sea and Thessaloniki.

With the support of the project’s partners; urbanista, Rupprecht Consult, Polis, Edinburgh Napier University – Transport Research Institute, Zaragoza Logistics Center and Koucky & Partners, the SUNRISE cities’ neighbourhoods will run a highly participatory “co-creation” process with their residents and stakeholders to identify local needs, develop new transport solutions, implement and evaluate them.

SUNRISE will also seek cooperation with its “sister” projects Cities4People, METAMORPHOSIS and MUV that are funded under the same call and offer great potential for cooperation and exchange of experiences.

Contact 1: Project Coordinator: Ralf Brand, Rupprecht Consult -

Visit SUNRISE for more details.


Cities-4-People is an H2020 project revolving around sustainable and people-oriented transport as a solution to the many challenges linked to mobility and faced by urban and peri-urban areas today.

Aiming to implement mobility solutions developed by the people for the people, Cities-4-People taps into participatory practices of social innovation and neighbourhood governance and builds on three main pillars: citizens’ participation, community empowerment, and sustainable urban planning.

Cities-4-People unfolds in five European areas: the Oxfordshire County, Hamburg District of Altona, Üsküdar in Istanbul, Budapest and Trikala. In these areas Mobility Communities are set up involving citizens, city authorities, mobility providers and innovation experts. By developing and providing a framework of support services and tools, Cities-4-People empowers these communities to actively contribute to shaping their local mobility innovation ecosystems in line with a People-Oriented Transport and Mobility (POTM) approach. POTM encompasses a blend of new digital and social technologies under an inclusive and multidisciplinary approach in order to bring out solutions that have a low ecological footprint, a sharing mentality and the potential to solve real urban and peri-urban mobility issues.


Coordinator: Julie Jo Nygaard -

Communications: Ioannis Kostopoulos -

Visit Cities-4-People for more details.


CIVITAS Handshake

CIVITAS Handshake will support the transfer and take-up of successful cycling measures developed by three pioneering and world-class Cycling Capitals - Copenhagen (Denmark), Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and Munich (Germany) - to ten further EU cities.

Areas of focus include cycling policy and planning, infrastructure design, modelling and assessment, and awareness and education. Many cities have partial knowledge in some of these areas, but only a few - such as the Cycling Capitals - have already developed an holistic approach.

Under Handshake, cycling knowledge and expertise will be shared through transfer processes and mentoring programmes that will themselves help shape best practice. Innovation has not always reached the cities who would stand to gain the most from it – the Handshake methods are seeking to change this.

The ten Future Cycling Capitals that will immediately benefit from working with Handshake's Cycling Capitals and project experts are Bordeaux (France), Bruges (Belgium), Cadiz (Spain), Dublin (Ireland), Greater Manchester (UK),  Helsinki (Finland), Krakow (Poland), Riga (Latvia), Rome (Italy) and Torino (Italy).

These cities are drawn from diverse geographical, socioeconomic and planning contexts that will help maximise learning beyond Handshake as the project matures.

By helping make urban environments more suitable and enjoyable places for using bikes as an everyday mode of transport, Handshake will help maximise cycling’s modal share and realise the common goals of managing congestion and improving public safety and health.

The project is set to run until February 2022.

Coordinators – Mario Gualdi -;  Francesca Pietroni -



MEISTER aims to change the paradigm in the electromobility market by providing interoperable platforms and services for easy, convenient, and barrier-free access to charging, billing and smart grid service, whilst also increasing the use of renewable energy sources and self-generation methods to power electric vehicles (EVs).

The project will also demonstrate and establish innovative business models that will help cities, charging infrastructure operators and e-mobility service providers to reduce costs for EV infrastructure deployment, thereby facilitating large-scale EV usage/ownership.

MEISTER is expected to increase the demand for EVs by 15%, reduce the installation costs of EVSE infrastructure by 20%, and help reduce charging prices by 20%. MEISTER will work with cities  in Southern, Central and Northern Europe - Málaga (Spain), Berlin (Germany), and Gothenburg (Sweden) - to test and validate its results.

Contact: Patricia Bellver Muñoz -

Visit MEISTER's website for more details.


The overall objective of the GreenCharge project is to convincingly demonstrate how technological solutions and associated business models can be integrated and deployed to overcome barriers to wide-scale adoption of EVs. The project takes important steps to achieving one of the dreams of a modern city: a zero-emission transport system based on electric vehicles running on green energy, with air pollution, traffic jams and parking problems becoming things of the past. 

Electric motors may make the wheels go round, but money makes the world go round. GreenCharge is therefore devising and testing business models that encourage use of electric vehicles and sharing of energy resources, allowing all those involved to cooperate in an economically viable way. 

GreenCharge is testing all of these innovations in three  pilots in Barcelona, Bremen and Oslo. Together, these pilots cover a wide variety of factors: vehicle type (scooters, cars, buses), ownership model (private, shared individual use, public transport), charging locations (private residences, workplaces, public spaces, transport hubs), energy management (using solar power, load balancing at one charging station or within a neighborhood, battery swapping), and charging support (booking, priority charging). 

Coordinator - Joe Gorman -

Visit GreenCharge's website for more details.

Clean urban freight

City Changer Cargo Bike

CityChangerCargoBike (CCCB) is a project that looks to exploit the potential of cargo bikes to improve the image and general levels of cycling and enhance air quality, safety levels and liveability in urban areas.

Previous projects CycleLogistics and CycleLogistics Ahead showed that cargo bikes have the potential to achieve real progress in these areas. Building on their success, CCCB will develop and implement schemes to prove that the introduction and application of cargo bikes can be a true game changer for urban mobility.
CCCB is committed to increase and accelerate their take-up. By assessing the very best examples of cargo bike implementation across Europe, over the course of the next three years CCCB will capitalise on the lessons learned and replicate them successfully on a larger scale.

CCCB will deploy financial schemes and engage in campaigns to make cargo bikes common in 100 European cities. Interested citizens and stakeholders in partner cities will be reached through webinars, conferences, workshops, and living labs.
Over 20 partner cities, research institutes, NGOs and industry are taking part in the three-year project.

Visit the CityChangerCargoBike website for more details.

Coordinator: Susanne Wrighton -  


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