The CIVITAS Destinations project – which includes the CPMR as the Communication & Dissemination partner –  has taken part in a major European forum aimed at driving forward the shift across Europe towards sustainable transport and mobility.

This year’s CIVITAS Forum, held under the banner of ‘Small Communities, Big Ideas’, took place from 27 – 29 September in Torres Vedras, Portugal.

It brought together hundreds of mobility experts, actors and stakeholders to share ideas and learning from the most exciting sustainable urban transport solutions from around Europe.

Maja Bakran, the Deputy Director-General for Mobility and Transport at the European Commission, and João Pedro Matos Fernandes, the Minister of Environment, Portugal, both spoke at the high-profile event.

The CIVITAS Destinations project – which is part of the overall Civitas Initiative – is a four-year sustainable mobility project co-financed by H2020.

It involves cities in six European touristic islands from CPMR member regions and aims to develop innovative new initiatives promoting sustainable transport solutions for citizens and tourists alike without damaging the environment.

During the forum, represenatives from CIVITIAS Destinations took part in a range of events and activities aimed at supporting the project’s goals and objectives, offering innovative solutions to their work, and giving the project’s representatives the chance to meet colleagues and share experiences.

 A Deployment Day offered the opportunity to connect developers of new tools and methods with potential users. This involved live demonstrations and tailored training workshops to support sustainable mobility.

There were also five different site visits organized, giving participants the chance to experience the city’s mobility innovations and local area, including a cycling tour, a demonstration of the city’s innovative integrated parking management system, and a visit to a local winery.

And the CIVITAS Awards showcased Europe’s most forward-thinking sustainable urban mobility policy and measures.