With the contribution of the LIFE programme of the European Union - LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611

CIVITAS Awards 2017 winners revealed

The CIVITAS Awards 2017 were given out in front of a large audience during the second day of the CIVITAS Forum 2017, which took place from 27-29 September in Torres Vedras, Portugal.

CIVITAS Award  "Bold Measure Award": Bologna, Italy

This award is given to a city that adopts a daring and innovative approach that has not been widely implemented yet, and positions the city as a pioneer in certain thematic categories.

"Bella Mossa” program rewards the positive behaviours of citizens by giving discounts and prizes every time they complete a sustainable trip, namely using environmentally friendly transport modes or even walking, acquiring healthy habits. Sustainable trips are tracked through the BetterPoints platform, which includes a tracking GPS-based app. The scheme is a a public-private partnership, with 50 shops (small to very large) giving discounts/prizes.

CIVITAS ‘Transformations’ Award: Murcia, Spain

 This is given for significant transformation and progress towards a liveable and smarter city through an integrated set of mobility measures. Murcia’s winning entry focused on implementing a whole range of creative measures as part of its ‘Action Plan for the bicycle 2017-2019’; 20km of cycle lanes across the city under the “Murcia Cycle lane project”, the launch of a public bike sharing system called MUyBICI with 60 stations providing 600 bikes, the launch of the “Moon bike” initiative where cycling tours are organised on full moon evenings  and the launch of “Cycling workshops in parks” to improve citizens’ cycling skills.

At the same time. a maximum speed of 30Kkm/h in 100km of streets in the centre of Murcia has been implemented, electric vehicle charging stations have been installed. and 50 car park places have been created and reserved for electric vehicles only. These measures have been met positively by citizens with 8,500 users of the MUyBICIand and 82,200 moves per month.

The aim of the Awards is to showcase efforts by cities that turn policy into reality.

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Start Date: 15 September 2015 – Duration: 35 months