Back to Top

Safety and Security

Safe and secure infrastructures and services for passengers and  goods

Safety and security are a core components in creating sustainable urban mobility, and are primary areas of action within CIVITAS, particularly in making roads safer and more secure for 'vulnerable' road users.

Improving the safety and security of modes can be an extremely important step in encouraging users to change (or even try) alternative modes, especially when they are perceived as 'unsafe' (e.g. cycling in cities with little dedicated infrastructure, or taking public transport at night).

Within this thematic group, safety and security measures cover infrastructure, education, technological and promotional measures.

More information

For more information on safe and secure travel, contact Vilja Anttila, and to join the group, click on the banner on the right-hand side on this page. Take a look at the cities, which are already members of this thematic group, and view resources relevant to members below.

Sebastián PERNET's picture
Submitted by Sebastián PERNET on 22/12/2016

Youth For Public Transport (Y4PT) Foundation, with the support of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and its members, and following the long-standing tradition of Y4PT Youth Lab series, is promoting the organization of local transport hackathons around the world, by combining the best of boundless human creativity and the benefits of current information and communications technologies (ICTs) in collaborative environments, with the aim of advancing transport sector towards sustainability.

Winners from each local transport hackathon will join other Canada-based hackers at the 1st Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon Montreal 2017 ( http://www.y4pt.org/projects/hackathon ) in the framework of the 62nd UITP Global Public Transport Summit Montreal 2017 – the world’s oldest and leading sustainable transport event – to contest in a final round for unveiling the world’s best ground-breaking transport solutions.

More than 20 major cities around the world are hosting the first local transport hackathons. Other cities are also welcome to join.

Different local stakeholders such as universities, youth groups, ICT companies, transport operators, authorities, start-up mentors and hackers are called to collaborate with Y4PT and to be part of the world’s first ever global transport hackathon.

Everyone is invited to get on board. This is an one-off opportunity to show to your audience and users how important is for you to support this kind of events where innovation and creativity is putting forward new ICT-related solutions to boost both the private sector business performance and the public sector policy efficacy, and thus to unlock new opportunities to expand, diversify and renew your organization’s portfolio of products and services.

Further information on the 1st Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon Montreal 2017 at http://www.y4pt.org/projects/hackathon , or or please contact: Mr. Sebastián PERNET, Co-Founder and Treasurer of Y4PT Foundation, sebastian.pernet@y4pt.org .

Follow up the Y4PT Transport Hackathon series on social networking/media websites ( http://www.y4pt.org/social-networks ) such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube by using the hashtag #Y4PThackathon .

Submitted by Eileen O'Connell on 03/08/2016

The EVIDENCE Project has researched and published the economic evidence for sustainable mobility measures. For those involved in training and educating the next generation of transport professionals, the project has made available course material on 7 sustainable mobility themes. These can be downloaded from the project website to be incorporated into your course framework. 

http://www.evidence-project.eu/index.php/resources/training-materials

 
Fred DOTTER's picture
Submitted by Fred DOTTER on 04/07/2016

Urban road safety is a persistent challenge for Europe. Europe’s vision to half the number of road fatalities by 2020 is on its way of being implemented, and other targets – such as the decrease of seriously injured - come into view. At the same time European cities are developing SUMPs. This CIVITAS Insight explains how SUMPs can help to reach road safety targets. The Insight is complementary to the CIVITAS Insight ‘Safer road infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians’.

With this CIVITAS Insight, the CIVITAS CAPITAL project wants to provide information on Road Safety and its importance for a sustainable urban mobility and a SUMP.

As we are interested to get your views and ideas by 11 July 2016, all members of this Thematic Group have the possibility to contribute to the content of this CIVITAS Insight. If you are interested to contribute, please leave a message here!

Jerome Simpson's picture
Submitted by Jerome Simpson on 17/03/2016

Does anyone within the Safety and Security group know of readily accessible studies (i.e. URLs) or infographics that stress the level of road safety achieved thanks to painted bike paths (not necessarily separated by armadillos). A cost-benefit analysis/ratio would be a plus. Thanks in lieu.

Submitted by Bruno Duarte on 11/01/2016

Lunch event, Renaissance Brussels Hotel, 12 January 2016, 11:00
Inés Ayala Sender MEP and the European Transport Safety Council have the pleasure of inviting you to a lunch debate on improving the night time visibility of lorries.

In 2011 around 4200 people died on EU roads in collisions involving Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) and 75% of these road deaths were occupants of other vehicles. Road collisions involving HGVs tend to be more serious than other collisions because of the great size and mass of these vehicles. Part of these collisions are due to lateral and rear-end collisions at dusk or in the dark.

Directive 2007/35/EC required, from July 2008, that HGVs with a minimum weight of 7.5 tonnes and trailers from a maximum mass of 3.5 tonnes, must be fitted with retroflecting contour marking. This is a reflective sticky tape which marks the boundary of the rear and side of the goods transport vehicles. Thus, conspicuity is improved in conditions of poor visibility, at night or in adverse weather. These markings are mandatory for vehicles which have been registered after July 2011.

Building on recent research carried out by SWOV, this debate will discuss the social and safety benefits of retrofitting contour markings on older vehicles, gathering representatives of road safety organisations, academic experts, police forces, vehicle manufacturers and vehicle technology manufacturers.

For registration and additional information: http://etsc.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=30dc714251cd4cee96f2b85ca&...

Caterina Di Bartolo's picture
Submitted by Caterina Di Bartolo on 18/12/2015

Safety and security are core components of sustainable urban mobility and primary areas of action within the CIVITAS Initiative as they make sustainable transport options feasible and attractive. Emphasis is placed on making roads safer and giving vulnerable road users a greater sense of security. CIVITAS Plus cities took actions in this area looking into new ways to ensure the safety of urban travellers, especially cyclists, pedestrians and vulnerable groups such as children and elderly people. Measures implemented focused on safer roads, cycle paths and footpaths; speed reductions; improvements to road safety through cycling and walking; safety improvements in public transport and enhancing passenger security.

Find more @: 

http://www.civitas.eu/content/development-bicycle-safety

http://www.civitas.eu/content/school-road-safety-label

http://www.civitas.eu/content/safe-districts-and-limited-speed-zones

http://www.civitas.eu/content/road-safety-measures

http://www.civitas.eu/content/security-improvement-public-transport

http://www.civitas.eu/content/safety-and-security-seniors-and-public-transport-passengers

http://www.civitas.eu/content/gdansk

http://www.civitas.eu/content/security-enforcement-public-transport 

Submitted by Bruno Duarte on 10/12/2015

Reducing the dangers facing younger road users is the focus of a new ETSC project, known as YEARS, which was launched at an event in Brussels in October.

The project, in partnership with technical universities across Europe, will work with students to develop projects in their local area aimed at improving the safety of young road users. The project also aims to encourage policymakers to develop road safety policies that specifically target this group.

Read more: http://etsc.eu/new-project-targets-young-road-users/?utm_source=ETSC&utm...

Source: Transport safety news from ETSC - Safety Monitor 98 - November 2015

This year's award will focus on the inclusion of safe, active mobility in sustainable urban mobility planning (SUMP). This covers the development and promotion of walking and cycling as urban transport modes and the improvement of safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

The topical focus is...

Author: Richard Adams
17/10/2019 - 10:13

As part of the five phases under the CIVITAS Initiative, cities have implemented cutting-edge sustainable mobility measures. Whilst many cities have benefitted immensely from participating in CIVITAS projects, the impact in a few of these has been particularly pronounced.

This booklet tell...

Author: Richard Adams
02/10/2019 - 23:35

Innovators and influencers are joining city officials and mobility experts from across the continent for three days of intense discussion and exchange. They will hear first-hand how a combination of newer, low-emission transport technologies and more traditional cycling, pedestrian, and public tr...

Author: Richard Adams
02/10/2019 - 01:04

These are either in the form of a study visit or work placements. Host cities enjoy a wide variety of benefits, including the opportunity to:

Author: Richard Adams
18/09/2019 - 16:39

The award, which is open for submissions until 16 December, rewards outstanding and innovative achievements by local authorities in the area of road safety and encourages the exchange of good practice across Europe.

In light of the fact that 38 percent of road fatalities and more than 50...

Author: Robert Morrow
16/09/2019 - 12:41
18/02/2020
Increasing safety for unprotected road users: examples from strategy, policy and collaboration in Stockholm and CIVITAS Eccentric Policymakers and experts are invited to a workshop focusing on how to increase safety for unprotected road users using simple and low-cost methods.
Show More
05/06/2019
Mobility practitioners in Spain are invited to join a workshop being organised in Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain) on Wednesday 5 June 2019. The workshop facilitates discussion and exchange of experiences on different challenges and solutions within the field of sustainable urban mobility planning. Wh...
22/05/2019 to 24/05/2019
Cities are key to the sustainable future of our planet and great changes are necessary to address climate change and social inequalities. The URBAN FUTURE Global Conference gathers CityChangers from all over the world, bringing together individuals who are involved in driving change towards more su...
09/05/2019 to 10/05/2019
X Forum Asociación Red CiViNET España y Portugal Personas que se mueven, ciudades que cambian. Accesibilidad, movilidad y transporte en los entornos urbanos Ávila, 9 y 10 de mayo 2019   PROGRAMA 9 DE MAYO 15.30-16.00 h: Recepción de asistentes
12/03/2019
The first thematic webinar from CIVITAS ECCENTRIC is coming! Taking place on Tuesday 12 March 2019, 14:00-15:30 CET, it will examine vulnerable groups and gender issues in sustainable urban mobility planning. Vulnerable groups such as children, older people, or people with disabilities depend on p...
22/11/2018 to 23/11/2018
The 2018 Annual Polis Conference 'Innovation in transport for sustainable cities and regions' will take place on 22 and 23 November in Manchester United Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, United Kingdom.  It is the network's annual flagship event. It provides a unique platform to engage with represe...

Wiki-Quotes-2016-03_3

CIVITAS QUOTES: CIVITAS & Economy: 30 km/h zone

Wiki-Quotes-2016-03_2

CIVITAS QUOTES: CIVITAS & Transport - Raised pedestrian/bicycle crossing

Wiki-Quotes-2016-01_3

CIVITAS QUOTES: CIVITAS & Society - Traffic calming measures

Wiki-Quotes-2015-11_3

CIVITAS QUOTES: CIVITAS & Economy - LED (Light Emitting Diode)

Wiki_Quotes-2015-05_4

CIVITAS QUOTES: Give way to safety

Wiki_Quotes-2015-05_3

CIVITAS QUOTES: A first-class cycle highway

Wiki_Quotes-2015-05_2

CIVITAS QUOTES: Surveillance of passenger security

Wiki-Quotes-2015-05_4

CIVITAS QUOTES: Give way to safety

Wiki-Quotes-2015-05_3

CIVITAS QUOTES: A first-class cycle highway

Wiki-Quotes-2015-05_2

CIVITAS QUOTES: Surveillance of passenger security

Wiki-Quotes-2015-05_1

CIVITAS QUOTES: Safer routes to school implementation

Policy Recommendations For EU Sustainable Mobility Concepts based on CIVITAS Experience

The Policy Recommendations present the main findings arising from the evaluation of the CIVITAS Plus Collaborative Projects (CPs), which ran from 2008-2012.

This publication was written under the auspices of the CIVITAS POINTER project, which supported five collaborative projects (CP s) implemented within the framework of the third edition of the CIVITAS programme. Evaluation and monitoring were the key stones of CIVITAS POINTER. Drawing from first-hand, corroborated statistical evidence gathered from participating cities, this publication presents the results of the CIVITAS Plus cross-site evaluation and policy assessment. These findings support the development of clear European-level policy recommendations that have the potential for being embraced by all European cities — not just those which make up the CIVITAS community.

The document seeks to identify factors that can boost the effectiveness and consistency of future strategies, thereby securing greater sustainability in urban mobility patterns. Policy makers are provided with contemporary facts for debating purposes, and a number of conclusions and recommendations based on lessons learnt from CIVITAS Plus are put forward.

STRENGTHENING ROAD SAFETY LEGISLATION: A practice and resource manual for countries

Do you develop road safety legislation for your country? WHO’s guide on strengthening road safety legislation is now available in English, French, Russian and Spanish. The guide describes how to enact new laws or amend existing ones on key risk factors.

Giving back the public space to the people - Mobility measures in Vitoria-Gasteiz

In the context of the next CIVITAS study tour hosted by the city of  Vitoria-Gasteiz on the 196&20 June 2014, an interested document presenting the mobility measures implmented by the city has been created:  

The main measures presented:

  • Superblocks project;
  • Traffic calming measures;
  • Freight distribution areas and limitations;
  • New Public transport network;
  • Local Bicycle Mobility Plan.

Should you have any question, please contac:

Environmental Studies Centre of Vitoria-Gasteiz

Asier Sarasua Garmendia asarasua@vitoria-gasteiz.org

 

 

CIVITAS reaching out to younger generations

CIVITAS Reaching out to younger generations - Sustainable mobility: Cycling in Porto

 

On the 26th of February 2014 CIVITAS organized a thematic workshop with students of the "Agrupamento de Escolas Alexandre Herculano" in the city of Porto (PT) to promote city cycling among the young generations.

First CIVITAS MIMOSA Policy Statement 2009 on Safety & Security