The Project

The project „Cycling as an element of urban climate mitigation policy (Cyclurban)” will advance cycling as a measure for sustainable urban mobility and climate mitigation in six cities of six European countries.

The project will look at the current situation and develop measures to strengthen cycling mobility in the areas of infrastructure, policy and planning, services and promotion. Also. new technical developments such as e-bikes and cargo bikes are considered.  

Why do we need Cyclurban?

The mobility sector plays a key role in tackling greenhouse gas emissions. All over the world urbanisation is increasing. More and more people move to- or live in cities. Thus, the necessity to find smart solutions for mobility and transport in metropolitan areas is rapidly growing. A successful fight against climate change implies that traffic emissions in cities must be kept at low levels. (life quality, time efficiency and health should meanwhile increase). As a result, the transformation of urban traffic systems is inevitable.

How can the future of urban mobility look like?

There are multiple reasons why cars cannot be the backbone of transportation in future cities. Problems caused by air pollution, noise and the huge demand of space are strong arguments for an overdue change in urban mobility concepts. The reduction of private car traffic can offer enormous chances by restructuring neighbourhoods with pedestrian zones, public greenery, playgrounds and additional spaces for local businesses such as cafes and restaurants.

Urban mobility is becoming more dynamic and flexible with digital devices allowing access spontaneously. In cities, innovative transport solutions such as car-, ride- or bike-sharing are being implemented. Thereby, spatial structure, mobility behaviour and innovations interact. In sustainable climate-resilient cities, public transport and active mobility must form the backbone of urban transport – complemented by sharing services. Thus, developing strategies to support active mobility is crucial for adapting urban infrastructure to future needs.  

What will we do?

Cyclurban wants to initiate a policy change addressing administrations in the six target countries. We will demonstrate how to integrate cycling into municipal strategies in one city per country: Tartu (Estonia), Riga (Latvia), Warsaw (Poland), Velika Gorica (Croatia), Drama (Greece) and Bratislava (Slovakia).

Six countries, six cities, six strategies

In each country, the partner municipality will develop a specific strategy together with experts from our project. In a second step the lessons-learned and recommendations will be addressed to the country’s regional or national level of policy making, to implement a more climate-friendly transport policy also in other regions of the six participating countries. In workshops and with the help of lessons learned publications, we will multiply our experiences to more municipalities and decision-makers.

Multiply best practice

We will initiate workshops and seminars, bring policy makers and experts together and transfer best practice examples to the national level and to other countries. A summarizing report will add up the experiences made by the different cities and other project partners to make the knowledge accessible for other municipalities and policy makers interested.        

The “Lessons-learned report” of the First Cyclurban Project Period is available for download!

Learn more about cycling policy and sustainable transport strategies for Riga (Latvia), Warsaw (Poland), Bratislava (Slovakia), Tartu (Estonia), Velika Gorica (Croatia) and Drama (Greece).

Project poster (ENG) available here

Project flyer (ENG) available here

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