Here you will find all the information on CIVITAS PROSPERITY’s actions that are posted during the project time. You are very welcome to scan through the articles and follow the development of the project and each partner’s actions!
Exactly with the start of the Civitas Forum 2019 in Graz we are happy to present our three topic guidelines / practitioner guidelines on
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The Spanish City of Vitoria Gasteiz has proven that a smart and well-implemented transport strategy could lead to amazing impacts. Within 10 years the city reduced the car share from 36% to 24% while at the same time the public transport rides could have been doubled. Get insight in the planning philosophy of the capital of the Basque Country.
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The Lithuanian Ministry of Transport and Communication supported ‘Sustainable Mobility Forum’ took place on April 19th in Vilnius. During the opening session, an announcement was made on the cities with the best ‘Future with sustainable mobility scenarios up to 2030’ using the most mobility-and environmentally friendly mobility tools, and based on their SUMPs. The Minister for Transport and Communications presented the awards to the municipalities of Vilnius, Klaipėda and Panevėžys, as the three winning cities with the most progressive visions for the future.
Electric scooters, ebikes, epedal scooters, monowheels, hoverboards, segways, but also multi-lane small vehicles are so-called micromobiles, which are becoming increasingly present in European city centres.
While eScooter are already part of the street scene in EU countries, since 2018, their development in Germany has stalled. Since the 15th of June 2019 however, eScooters (also known as “eTretroller” in Germany) are now allowed to drive on German public roads when the “Elektrokleinstfahrzeuge-Verordnung” (eKFV) came into force.
The market of shared mobility is rapidly changing, constantly bringing new services and innovations with it. At the same time, existing shared mobility services can still seem like a labyrinth of uncertainties for cities.
One of the objectives of the SUMP of Vienna is the fair distribution of public space. This video gives an insight into the activities and methodologies that are implemented in Austria's capital.
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The H2020 financed SUMP project PROSPERITY that supports local and national governments to improve the quality and take-up of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans is in its final months of duration.
The now available final publishable report gives a good overview on what has been done, on results and what could be achieved in this project. The report which acts as Final Brochure can be download in web-version and in printing version.
To analyse the current situation of urban traffic plans and in particular of SUMP (Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans) in German municipalities the German PROSPERITY partner DIFU has carried out a national survey on this topic of the Transport Development Plans (Verkehrsentwicklungspläne VEP) or Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP).
Mexico City is on a good way towards sustainable urban mobility planning. One element is parking management which is major step towards a system that prioritises people over cars and creates more affordable housing opportunities.
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Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Mr. Andrzej Bittel officially presented the CIVITAS PROSPERITY Guide prepared within the framework of the national SUMP Task Force working group to representatives of more than 140 cities and stakeholders. The guide is to familiarize Polish cities with the idea of sustainable mobility planning and to show what SUMP really is and what its key features should be taken into account when taking up the challenge of preparing such a document and implementing its assumptions.
Two new PROSPERITY SUMP ambassador videos with the interviews with Dep. Mayor Miguel Gaspar and planner Jaime Valdés Valverde are available.
In July 2018 the Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection of Berlin passed a new mobility act. The new act aims to provide safer, more mobile and more climate-friendly transport for all within the city. The law pays particular attention to cyclists and to harmony between the coexistence of cars, bikes, buses and trains.
Berlin is the first federal state to pass such an all-inclusive mobility law.
Transport Regions to manage SUMPs mobility challenges
For almost twenty years the northern region of Belgium, Flanders, has provided leading guidance on local SUMP support. This year they introduce a new approach across fifteen transport regions. The regions include cities and municipalities within spatial influence areas that will co-operate to provide user-oriented sustainable mobility in planning, implementation and evaluation policy. This will lead to (basic) accessibility and become the backbone of Regional SUMPs.
During the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24), the Transport Day was organised on 06 December 2018 in the CIVITAS PROSPERITY partner city Katowice.
The German Transport Development Plans, called VEPs, and Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) are complex and elaborate. The CIVITAS PROSPERITY ‘national events’ are workshops that are designed to enable participants to exchange experiences and to elaborate on the implementation of sustainable transport plans within a national context. The 2nd edition of this event in Germany took place on 07 November 2018 in Kassel.
On 18 October 2018 a new edition of the yearly exchange session on sustainable mobility planning was held by CIVITAS-PROSPERITY’s Spanish partner Diputació de Barcelona (DIBA).
Following on the last European SUMP Conference and in line with the European Commission having dedicated the year 2018 to the promotion of multimodality, in this edition discussions and best practise exchange focused on multimodality issues.
PROSPERITY partner city Varna еxchanges experience on SUMP through the EU Programme 'City-to-city cooperation on sustainable urban development'.
On 21 September 2018, during the European Mobility Week, the Portuguese Institute for Mobility and Transports, with the support of the Municipality of Lisbon and CIVITAS PROSPERITY, organised the National Meeting on Sustainable Mobility Planning.
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.
With this call, cities are invited to apply for CIVITAS peer-exchange activities in 2019, more concretely, cities have the opportunity to either host work placements or participate in study visits. The deadline for applications is the 14 November 2018.
The European Commission has recognized sustainable urban mobility planning as a core element of the European vision for Urban Mobility. As part of the effort to spread the message and increase the take up of this planning approach Portugal organises a special event on that topic back-to-back with the activities in the European Mobility Week.
On the European level, the concept of Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) seems to be the answer for tackling urban mobility challenges. On the one hand, the SUMP approach stresses the need to integrate sustainable modes of transport in urban mobility planning. On the other hand, it presents a specific methodology to implement the planning process. As a reiterative cycle it underlines the importance of a continuous update of the planning phases and contents. Moreover, the SUMP approach highlights the importance of integrating relevant stakeholders and the public throughout the process.
From October 2018 to February 2019 CIVITAS PROSPERITY will organise six webinars on most wanted topics for SUMP. Dates and times for five of these webinars have been fixed now and the registration is open.
The importance of transport’s social dimension is becoming increasingly clear - mobility shapes lives and prospects. It is crucial that transport systems are environmentally friendly, inclusive, efficient, and centred on meeting diverse user needs. Yet how can this be accomplished?
Under the banner of "Mobility for U and Me", this year's CIVITAS Forum Conference will gather hundreds of policymakers, city representatives, academics, and practitioners in Umeå, Sweden, from 19-21 September to debate this critical question.
The 7th SUMP Award focuses on multimodality, which has been declared theme of the year by the European Commission - DG MOVE. Multimodality has been defined as the use of different modes of transport on the same journey or for different trips for both goods and passengers. Read our manual to find out more about multimodality and its definition.
The call for applications is open until 1 October 2018. Read the call for applications here and the evaluation criteria here.
In order to enable mobility planning authorities across Europe to embrace the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) as the European-wide strategic planning approach, both the CIVITAS PROSPERITY and CIVITAS SUMPs-Up projects consider the role of the national and regional levels as essential for supporting SUMP take-up. This support encompasses governance, financing and capacity building.
From 04-07 June the city of Szeged had the honour to host the SUMP National Training for Hungarian cities in the CIVITAS PROSPERITY project. The participants had the possibility to feel the mentality of sustainable mobility planning, long run achievements and could ask their questions directly to the lecturers from such countries, where this kind of thinking had been influencing city transportation development for a longer time.
In connection with the organisation of the local event by the City of Katowice called "International Bicycle Day in Katowice", which took place on Friday, 29th June 2018, representatives of the CIVITAS PROSPERITY partners in Poland had the opportunity to present the information about the project activities of the City of Katowice, SMG Expert (the National Focal Point for Poland) and the Federal Polish Ministry of Infrastructure in this subject.
After the City of Kassel successfully held its first workshop in the context of the EU project CIVITAS PROSPERITY in March 2018, the City of Vienna was invited in April 2018 for another workshop with the purpose of getting Kassel into shape for the effective implementation of its new SUMP. The German Institute for Urban Affairs (Difu) supports and accompanies Kassel in CIVITAS PROSPERITY with the implementation of its transport development plan by introducing best practice examples from other municipalities and customized guidance.
On 30 May 2018, the second Polish CIVITAS PROSPERITY SUMP Promo Event took place in Sopot at the University of Gdansk. The event was organised as part of the National Conference on the Challenges of Transport Development in the 21st Century - TranSopot 2018, and was an opportunity to meet in an interdisciplinary group of about 80 participants, including practitioners, representatives of city administration units and scientists.
Already well ahead of the current political and public debate on high levels of nitrogen oxide emissions in German cities, the City of Kassel addressed the topic of urban air pollution caused by traffic. In 2015 Kassel adopted its new transport development plan (VEP: Verkehrsentwicklungsplan Kassel 2030), which fulfills most of the criteria of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP).
CIVITAS PROSPERITY organises national training sessions for practitioners and stakeholders free of charge in 10 European countries. The training sessions are tailor-made for each country tackling – based upon an analysis - the most wanted and needed topic areas. The good mix of theory and practical exercises guarantees an effective learning experience with motivated participants. Click here for the video impression on the CIVITAS PROSPERITY trainings.
From 24th – 27th of April 2018 the national Civitas Prosperity training on SUMP for Romania was organised in Brasov. The main target group were the local authorities. The event combined theoretical explanations with the discussion of local examples and practical exercises. It was particularly well received motivating both, politicians and technicians, support the taking up and improvement of SUMPs and join the dedicated national network.
From 09-12 April 2018, the CIVITAS PROSPERITY national SUMP Training for Polish Cities takes place in Katowice. The training was opened by Mr. Sobula, First Deputy Mayor of Katowice, and Ms. Perkuszewska, Head of Innovative and Sustainable Mobility Division of the Federal Ministry of Infrastructure with a presentation about transport policy for urban mobility.
CIVITAS PROSPERITY stands for innovation. And as such, the project offers insights to interesting topics via its Innovation Briefs that are relevant for making SUMPs more attractive, up-to-date and effective. The two latest CIVITAS PROSPERITY Innovation Briefs are now available: 'Placemaking Strategies and SUMPs', as well as 'Children as active stakeholders in the process of city transformation'.
It is a clear objective of the project that cities (further) develop and implement their SUMPs. CIVITAS-PROSPERITY partner cities have been selected in most cases because they are typical cities within their respective countries. In cases where they are newcomers in SUMP, because their commitment makes them highly appropriate to receive targeted assistance to help them further with their SUMP.
There is a gap between the needs and demands of the cities that should develop and implement SUMPs, and higher administrative institutions who should prepare the ground and provide programmes to encourage cities to develop and implement SUMPs.
The aim is to close the gap and develop national SUMP support programmes in all participating countries – that are tailor made for the needs of cities and really help them, e.g. through knowledge building and sharing, financial and institutional support, standardisation, common evaluation criteria, etc.
The second national conference on sustainable mobility in Slovenia with a kick-off of the European mobility week (EMW) 2018 took place on 14th February 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, under the title »Active mobility makes you happy«.
Preparing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) is a complex undertaking. Guidelines developed with the European Commission's support offer concrete suggestions on how to apply the SUMP concept and prepare an urban mobility strategy that builds on a clear vision for the sustainable development of an urban area.
Sharing opinions and connecting with others is important, as it helps to offer support to local and national authorities to improve the quality and uptake of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans. CIVITAS PROSPERITY’s approach is to focus its support on connecting, rather than collecting. Hence, the project has introduced SUMP Ambassadors, who are enthusiastic personalities willing to share their interesting stories, findings and lessons learnt from their personal experience with SUMPs.
Improving capacities, knowledge and understanding by means of training activities is at the core of the CIVITAS PROSPERITY project. As the famous German neurologist Gerald Hüther once said, “Being creative is not always inventing something completely new. Rather, it is more a matter of connecting existing knowledge that was previously separate in new ways. From this process new knowledge and know-how is created.”
The first two training events took place in Kaunas and Limassol, and seven more are to come in 2018.
On 28 November 2017, the CIVITAS PROSPERITY partners City of Katowice and SMG EKSPERT from Krakow, organised a seminar on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans within the framework of the CIVITAS PROSPERITY project. As the overall objective of the CIVITAS PROSPERITY project is to support local and national authorities in improving quality and developing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, different local and regional stakeholders from Silesia region were invited for the seminar.
In recent years, there has been a growing interest from third countries to learn from European experience in the area of sustainable urban mobility. In response to this, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport has just published two booklets.
In the CIVITAS Prosperity project 11 countries are working on the development and implementation of a tailor-made national SUMP promotion programme. In the past half-year, the so-called ‘National Focal Points’ in these countries made good progress in creating a national SUMP network and SUMP Promo programme. To make this successful and get the commitment of the responsible higher level government, 11 National Task Forces were launched.
|PROSPERITY presents it's contribution to the SUMP 2.0 guidelines||01.10.2019|
|The paradigm shift in the transport planning of Vitoria Gasteiz||13.08.2019|
|Vilnius, Klaipėda and Panevėžys awarded for their vision of a sustainable mobility future||01.08.2019|
|Green light for eScooter in Germany. Micromobility is spreading in large European cities||08.07.2019|
|SHARE-North Webinar on 28 June: Exploring Different Approaches to Establishing Bike-Sharing Schemes in a City||25.06.2019|
|Video Clip: Fair distribution of public space in Vienna||14.06.2019|
|PROSPERITY final publishable report available||14.06.2019|
|PROSPERITY Survey results on SUMP and VEP in Germany as own publication available.||06.06.2019|
|Polish guide on SUMP presented by the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure.||17.04.2019|
|Insight into the planning strategies of the 2018 EuropeanMobilityWeek Award winners Lisbon and Lindau.||29.03.2019|
|The Berlin Mobility Act: a legal framework for transport transition||11.02.2019|
|2019 sees the introduction of a new regulatory framework for Regional SUMPs in Flanders (BE)||08.01.2019|
|CIVITAS PROSPERITY and the Transport Day at the COP24 in Katowice||19.12.2018|
|Joint CIVITAS PROSPERITY and Eltis Workshop in Warsaw||07.12.2018|
|Second national CIVITAS PROSPERITY event in Germany||06.12.2018|
|The multimodal challenge under discussion in Barcelona||06.11.2018|
|PROSPERITY partner city Varna еxchanges experience on SUMP||06.11.2018|
|CIVITAS PROSPERITY national Portuguese meeting on SUMPs was a great success||25.10.2018|
|CIVITAS peer-exchange programme: Open call for work placements and study visits||19.10.2018|
|PARTICIPATE AT THE PORTUGUESE NATIONAL MEETING ON SUSTAINABLE URBAN MOBILITY PLANS||14.09.2018|
|SUMPs in German municipalities: Results of an Online Survey||14.09.2018|
|Register to the CIVITAS PROSPERITY SUMP webinars||13.09.2018|
|CIVITAS Forum 2018 - Experience Europe's Inclusive and Multimodal Mobility Future||03.09.2018|
|Apply for the 2018 SUMP Award!||08.08.2018|
|New Report Out Now! The Status of SUMPs in EU Member States||07.08.2018|
|SUMP National Training event gets Hungarian cities engaged in sustainable transportation planning||20.07.2018|
|CIVITAS PROSPERITY at the International Bicycle Day in Katowice||03.07.2018|
|City of Kassel further gets into shape for sustainable mobility||25.06.2018|
|Promoting the SUMP concept in Poland||12.06.2018|
|Coaching the City of Kassel in the field of evaluation of its SUMP||04.06.2018|
|Free national SUMP Trainings||11.05.2018|
|National SUMP training carried out in Romania||02.05.2018|
|First Deputy Mayor of Katowice and Ministry of Infrastructure opened the CIVITAS PROSPERITY SUMP training in Poland||11.04.2018|
|New CIVITAS PROSPERITY Innovation Briefs out now||29.03.2018|
|CIVITAS PROSPERITY coaching session in Katowice||19.03.2018|
|Results of the Europe-wide analysis on Higher Levels of Government – their Support for SUMP in the EU are available now||26.02.2018|
|National conference on sustainable mobility, Ljubljana, Slovenia||23.02.2018|
|Knowledge Exchange Session on SUMPs in the Barcelona Region||22.02.2018|
|Updated SUMP Guidelines in Bulgarian language available now||24.01.2018|
|SUMP Ambassadors Speak Out!||11.01.2018|
|CIVITAS PROSPERITY Training Activities Kicked-Off||19.12.2017|
|CIVITAS PROSPERITY seminar in Katowice||12.12.2017|
|Urban mobility planning and policy - best practice from EU for third countries||17.11.2017|
|CIVITAS Prosperity local/national partnerships National Task Forces to develop or sharpen SUMP Supporting Programmes||11.07.2017|