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Civitas Renaissance

European Mobility Innovation

Civitas Renaissance aims to demonstrate a renaissance of innovative and sustainable clean urban transport solutions. The project aims to test and develop a valuable, reliable and integrated package of mobility measures that will make historic cities cleaner and safer. Civitas Renaissance project is a consortium of 29 organisations, the overall cost of which was 23 million Euros.

Known worldwide for their historic city centres, the Civitas Renaissance cities are blessed with large numbers of visitors. However, the demand on the transport system through seasonal tourism exacerbates the problem that the transport systems of historic cities typically face. They need to serve central urban areas that are characterised by a layout of narrow streets and where public, private and freight transport compete for space. Cities face the challenge to ensure economic vitality and employment, while maintaining a high-quality, safe and environmental-friendly public environment. Initiatives include:

  • Developing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans
  • Alternative fuelled vehicles
  • Public transport integration and new modes
  • Demand management measures (limited traffic zones and parking strategy)
  • Alternatives to car ownership and use (pooling, sharing)
  • Goods redistribution and new modes of goods mobility in pipe systems
  • ITS traffic management and priority systems
  • Travel awareness and behaviour change
  • Safety measures

Providing a road map for how sustainable mobility can be achieved

The project has had numerous benefits for European city authorities and developers, seeking to implement best practice into their policies and plans. Vectos’ provides expertise as Technical Manager in the planning, monitoring, evaluating and exploiting of the 42 measures, as well as experienced consortium management in European funded projects.

Through the impact analysis undertaken and demonstrating what can be achieved through such innovation; the project will encourage cities and developers to look for mobility solutions which are more sustainable and offer an attractive alternative to private motoring.