The four CARAVEL cities were already well known in their respective countries as pioneers of innovative urban mobility policies. The experiences gained and lessons learned from measures implemented in the 1990s clearly indicated that single and isolated activities had only a marginal impact and were therefore no longer appropriate in the face of existing urban problems. It was clear that only radical changes in urban transport would lead to effective solutions.
In this context, the main focus of CIVITAS CARAVEL was to embed the individual measures into overarching urban policies covering strategic objectives such as quality of life, economic competitiveness and the transfer of experiences. As the four project cities faced similar problems, there was a pronounced emphasis on the sharing of experiences among these cities and beyond.
CIVITAS CARAVEL comprised a package of integrated measures to meet the following key objectives:
- establish effective public-private partnerships;
- involve stakeholders in the planning and implementation process;
- implement extensive awareness-raising and marketing activities; and
- monitor and evaluate project activities through continuous research.