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Project Duration: 2016-2020
Source Of Funding: CIVITAS H2020

CIVITAS PORTIS will test innovative and sustainable urban mobility solutions in five European port cities including Klaipeda, Trieste, Aberdeen, Antwerp and Constanta.The project aims to show that sustainable mobility can increase functional and social cohesion between city centres and ports, while pushing the economy forward and boosting the allure of modern urban environments.

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Use Cases


Optimizing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) in Antwerp

The city of Antwerp is facing major road works and need to be kept accessible and liveable. Within the scope of PORTIS, an adapted Optimizing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans for city and port area is implemented.



Demand Management - Transport

There are three Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) of which the city centre is of most concern due to a higher number of pollution exceedances. A Strategic Car Parking Review was undertaken during 2017 and 2018 which essentially formed a baseline of car parking in the city centre.


Wayfinding Implementation

Enhanced wayfinding provision would assist in delivering economic benefits, such as those sought within the Regional Economic Strategy, by encouraging those on foot to explore, linger and engage with the city centre beyond the demands of their immediate schedule.


Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan - Aberdeen

Aberdeen is undergoing a series of major transformative projects. Work is therefore underway to identify the measures required to ‘lock in’ the benefits of the new bypass and transform the urban core into a much more pleasant place to visit and spend time in.




Implementing Storage and Counters for Bikes

Klaipėda wants to promote cycling as a safe and affordable means of transportation for its citizens. Therefore, bike storage systems have been made available in different areas of the city, protecting the bikes from thieves and harsh weather conditions.


Coordinating Freight Movements in Antwerp

Antwerp has the second largest port in Europe. It also has a strategic and central location in Europe. This leads to a lot of freight/logistic traffic in, towards and out of the port. Hence, efforts are made to encourage a modal, location, time, technology and mental shift in the logistic sector.


Connecting Transport Systems

Antwerp wants to provide locations – such as P&R’s in the city outskirts – where commuters can easily switch from one transportation mode to a more sustainable other when traveling to and from their work in the city or port area.



Developing Smart Mobility Solutions in Antwerp

In order to further encourage and facilitate the use of electric vehicles, both private and shared, a policy note was made on electric charging for citizens and employees as an answer to the increasing demand of electirc mobility and charging infrastructure.



Developing Dynamic Traffic Management

Antwerp is a lively and vibrant city with many different traffic flows: citizens, visitors, commuters, students, freight and logistics. This also leads to many different transport modes sharing space. Measures are taken to manage this in an efficient way, to keep the city accessible and liveable.


Event and Commuter Travel Plans

With ca. 80,000 companies and over 247,000 employees, commuter traffic, therefore, forms a big part of the movements in and around the city of Antwerp. Event and commuter plans are implemented to help companies outline sustainable mobility policies.


Awareness Raising Measure in Antwerp

Antwerp (PORTIS) partners are promoting sustainable mobility solutions in the city and port area. To change people's behaviour towards sustainable mobility, they have to be convinced of the benefits. This is done by informing, but also persuading and inspiring.


Integrating The Collective Transport Network in Antwerp

In order to link the city of Antwerp with its port area, efforts are made to expand and promote the public transport network in and around the city.



Encouraging Cycling in Antwerp

The port area is currently not easily accessible by bike. Therefore, sustainable solutions for cycling commuters will be developed to overcome land and water barriers, improve cycling conditions and encourage commuters to travel to work via bike.


Fostering Institutional Dialogue

Antwerp wants to strengthen current cooperation platforms and initiate new cooperation platforms on a regional level. Knowledge on how to improve sustainable mobility is being increased by means of visits to other partner cities in the CIVITAS PORTIS project.


Freight Routeing & Mapping

Aberdeen city is unusual in the sense that it's port is in the very heart of the city centre. NESTRANS undertook an analysis of freight data, and consulted with freight companies, to better understand the routes being used in the city region.

Related projects


CIVITAS PORTIS offers products and services for these Smart City Solutions

Vehicle Sharing System

Vehicle sharing systems allow customers to use various vehicles without the need to own each vehicle. There are different types of vehicle sharing systems on the market. Differences can include the type of vehicle shared, like car sharing, bike sharing, scooter sharing or electric vehicle sharing.

Electric Bus System

The Electric Bus System is a public transportation system that is operated by electric buses only. Electric buses are not only environmentally beneficial, as they do not have any local emission, but due to their longer lifespan and lower operational costs, they can also be financially beneficial.

Public Charging System for Electric Vehicles

The current EU regulation on emissions for cars is the strictest worldwide. Along with further restrictions the thresholds cannot be meet with conventional cars only anymore. One alternative technology, reducing the local emissions, are electric vehicles.

Bike Sharing System

A bike sharing system intends to provide a community with a shared fleet of bikes. Therefore, individual users do not have to own a bike, but rather everyone can use the fleet flexibly.

Smart Parking

A Smart Parking System makes use of sensors or other technologies to determine the availability of parking lots in cities. This information can be shared with drivers, reducing the time spent looking for parking, and thus reducing traffic congestion.

Mobility Hubs

Mobility Hubs are places of connectivity where different modes of transportation - from walking to rapid transit – come together seamlessly.


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