The CIVITAS Initiative is one of the European Commission’s flagship programmes dedicated to the achievement of its ambitious mobility and transport goals, and in turn those in the European Green Deal. Since its launch in 2002, the CIVITAS Initiative has enabled cities to design, test and roll out measures via a range of EU-funded projects and built up a community of best practice for cross-city collaboration, educational and policy development on sustainable urban mobility.

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, this photo series highlight innovations and results from projects, both past and present.

Urban mobility experts from Rome and Turin visit counterparts in Amsterdam during a CIVITAS Handshake project study tour, where they focused on the development of accessible and intuitive cycling infrastructure. Photo: Raoul Teekamp
Project representatives from CIVITAS FastTrack ride an autonomous bus in Stockholm, with a screen illustrating upcoming stops and possible obstacles. FastTrack focuses on accelerating sustainable mobility innovation in cities through knowledge exchange and capacity building. Photo: Anna Westervelt
A drone is set to deliver medical supplies from a pharmacy in central Trikala, Greece to those in rural surrounding areas with limited mobility options. This is part of the CIVITAS Harmony project that is leading a new mobility era using spatial and multimodal transport planning tools. Photo: Harmony project
Bicycles parked at the harbour in La Rochelle, France showcase attention to sustainable mobility planning in all areas of the city. The CIVITAS Park4SUMP project focused on working with cities to integrate parking management solutions into their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs). Photo: Niklas Schmalholz
An electric autonomous vehicle in Regensburg, Germany aims to make everyday mobility more climate resilient and multimodal. Through knowledge exchange activities, the CIVITAS RECIPROCITY project works with cities to identify and bring to life unique sustainable mobility innovations. Photo: R-Tech GmbH
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A user in Turku, Finland tests a new app called ‘Service Map,’ a further expansion of the CIVITAS SCALE-UP project that includes information to inspire mobility behavior change. Photo: Eelin Hoffström-Cagiran
Implemented within the scope of the CIVITAS SPROUT project, a mobility point in central Budapest, Hungary allows users to access rental scooters and bicycles. The pilot in Budapest aims to reallocate public space in order to reduce car dependency and increase micro and shared mobility options. Photo: BKK Budapest
Limited vehicle access on a residential street in Antwerp allows for sustainable and active modes of transportation to flourish. The CIVITAS SUMP-PLUS project encourages this work by supporting its cities as they bring their sustainable urban mobility plans (SUMPs) to life. Photo: Jeroen Broeckx, Stad Antwerpen
Parking management in the Hulsberg district of Bremen allows for greater accessibility and safety. The development of co-created solutions to mobility challenges was a central topic in the CIVITAS SUNRISE project. Photo: Michael Glotz Richter
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Locals get the chance to test out cargo-bikes at a street festival hosted as part of the CIVITAS ULaaDS project in Bremen. ULaaDS supports the use of alternative modes for shopping and delivery by localizing logistics activities and reconfiguring freight flows. Photo: Michael Glotz Richter
Members of the CIVITAS Community celebrate the 20th anniversary of the CIVITAS Initiative at the Urban Mobility Days 2022 conference, in Brno, Czechia. Photo: Laura Schubert