A bicicleta na Política Europeia

CIVITAS: ambitious strategies for clean urban transport in Europe The European Commission will be promoting cycling as a healthy and safe way to travel in cities at Velo-City, world's largest conference related to cycling which will take part in Brussels from 12-15 May. The EU is funding a variety of initiatives to encourage cycling as an urban transport mode, such as co-financing the implementation and evaluation of 35 cycling-related measures across the 58 cities that participate in CIVITAS. This is an EU initiative that helps cities to achieve a more sustainable, clean and energy efficient urban transport system. For more about CIVITAS, visit www.civitas.eu. The CIVITAS Initiative helps cities to achieve a more sustainable, clean and energy efficient urban transport system by implementing, de-monstrating and evaluating an ambitious in­tegrated mix of technology and policy based measures. Urban traffic congestion, accidents and pol­lution are serious problems in Europe’s cities, therefore transport and mobility are of highest priority for local authorities. In 2000 the Europe­an Commission recognised the need for action and launched the CIVITAS Initiative, designed as a programme of “cities for cities”. In order to achieve their objectives, the CIVI­TAS cities test a coherent set of measures that are specifically selected to match local circum­stances. The measures address both the de­mand and the supply side of transport. The activities in the demonstration cities aim to provide a better quality of life for all citizens. The number of participating cities is constantly in­creasing and more than 100 cities over Europe are part of the CIVITAS community.


1. Increasing the use of alternative fuels and clean and energy efficient vehicles, and enhancing their integration into the urban transport system

2. Stimulating high quality and innovative energy-efficient collective passenger trans- port services, including intermodal integration with other transport modes

3. Implementing demand management strate­gies based upon economic (dis)incentives, regulatory measures (including zoning and spatial planning) and tele-services

4. Influencing travel behaviour and modal choice through mobility management plans, marketing, communication, education and information campaigns