Project Details

Title: European cities for integrating cycling within sustainable mobility management schemes
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Energy and sustainable transport

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2012 - 31st Dec 2014
Website: The project website address is as follows: The website is updated frequently and a lot of information regarding project activities is posted.


Total budget: €1,599,859.48
ERDF contribution: €1,304,743.90

Lead partner

21, Evagelistrias & Evripidou Str.
185 32, PIRAEUS

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    • Contact Person: Ms Maria Poulou
      Phone: 302104199843
      Fax: 302104199845

Project summary


Challenges and benefits from the systematic integration of cycling into urban mobility management schemes include: Reduced congestion (30% of car trips in Europe are under 3km, and 50% are under 5km – a 15 minute bike ride); Improved productivity (less work hours wasted in traffic congestion); Reduction of costs for infrastructure (road construction and maintenance) and equipment; Lower-carbon footprint (urban transport accounts for 40% of CO2 emissions and 70% of other air pollution); Reduced land consumption; Public health benefits; Fostering of investment and neighbourhood revitalisation. As a result sustainable regional development can be significantly enhanced for European cities.



CYCLECITIES aims to carry out transfers of experience and exchanges of good practice among European cities, as well as to build up a knowledge capital regarding the integration of cycling into urban mobility management schemes. The project, aims in particular to:

1) Exchange experiences and make available transferable good practices on mobility management and cycling.

2) Explore & build consensus on policies contributing to sustainable European mobility management schemes.

3) Develop knowledge outcomes supporting the transfer of experiences and establish a European, multilingual, freely-accessible knowledge and experience base.

4) Disseminate the field experiences and good practices project results, enhancing awareness on the integration of cycling in cities’ mobility management schemes.



1) Good practice guides (4) on land use planning, on cities’ mobility management strategies, on citizens’ participation practices and on cycling architectural infrastructure;

2) 10 dissemination events (3 conferences and 7 fora);

3) 9 interregional study visits and workshops, exchanging experiences & good practices;

4) Data on existing cycling infrastructures and bike-sharing systems;

5) 7 regional implementation plans developed;

6) Studies, reports and policy tools.



- Over 1500 participants in the dissemination events;

- 410 participants in the interregional events;

- Increased capacity of 40 staff members from the consortium and 240 staff from other organisations on the issue tackled by the operation;

- The expression of interest of 21 policy-makers to use the management game and of 21 European cities’ to integrate the methodologies and policy instruments in their policy-making processes;

- At least 3 regional policies on cycling and mobility management aimed to be improved.



Several big and medium sized European cities are represented in the consortium (Lisbon, Piraeus – lead partner, London Borough of Merton, Gdansk, Leipzig, Genoa and Ljubljana), which is supported by the National Technical University of Athens, who specialises in mobility management analysis.

Project achievements

CycleCities project aim was to carry the transfer of experience and and exchange the good practices among European cities as well as to build up a knowledge capital regarding the integration of cycling into mobility management schemes, It was concluded in December 2014, following a 24 month implementation period since it started on January 2012. Throughout its course, 8 partners meetings took place in 7 different partner cities/countries, the last two during the current and final reporting period. More specifically, following the kick off meeting which was held in Piraeus in June 2012, meetings were organised in Merton, in December 2012, in Leipzig in May 2013, in Lisbon in April 2014, Ljubljana in May 2014, Gdansk in September 2014 and the final one, in Piraeus in November 2014. The successful organisation and partners active involvement and productive discussions, greatly contributed to effective project implementation and resulted to high quality outputs and results.

Partners commitment to the successful completion of the project as far as the projects outputs and results as well as to their dissemination via all available means contributed to its high value added as well as ensured its high future capitalisation by all possible stakeholders.Since the 1st of July 2014 until the 30th of December 2014, 2 meetings were held in Gdansk and Piraeus, 2 Forums and 2 workshops in September and November 2014, attended in total, by over 150 participants. The project's Final Conference on Cycling Planning in Cities and the CycleCiies contribution was held in Piraeus on the 12th of November 2014 with the participation of over 100 people representing various European private and public institutions from all sectors. The 4 Good Practice Guides were presented as well as the Synthesis Report on Cycling Public and Private Investment through the most advanced presentation mode, Pecha Cucha. Finally, all regional implementation plans were presented by each partner

city. The project's website is operational on the link containing extensive information on the project's outputs, events as well as reports, studies and plans available for use to all interested stakeholders. The project has been widely promoted as partners have been particularly active in all social media available such as Facebook, twitter, linked in etc through comments, articles, photos and other relevant material. Te projects animation videos are also available on youtube and have received very positive feedback by experts on cycling issues. Within the project's framework two games were especially designed, namely " The City Planners" and the "Management Policy" Board Game to facilitate policy changes positively towards cycling.The core activity of the project, referring to the Collection of Good Practices with respect to Land Use, Mobility Management Strategies, Regional Authorities restructuring mobility management schemes and Cycling Infrastructure was

completed and a total of 77 Good practices were collected, the most significant of which will form part of EU data base.The online observatory for cycling policy management is operational and already forms an important project toolbox for cycling stakeholders.The model for private public cycling infrastructures is also fully developed available to partners and stakeholders following its extensive testing and consultation among partners during the last workshop held in Piraeus on 13/11/14.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
London Borough of Merton, Morden UNITED KINGDOM Outer London 020 8545 3452
Municipality of Genoa, Genoa ITALY Liguria 390105574821
Lisbon Municipality, Lisboa PORTUGAL Lisboa (00351) 213 236 200
The City of Gdańsk, Gdansk POLAND Pomorskie 48595268089
Regional Development Agency of Gorenjska, BSC Business Support Centre, Kranj, Kranj SLOVENIA Zahodna Slovenija +386 4 28 17 230
Regional Development Agency for the Region of Leipzig, Leipzig GERMANY Leipzig 493411407790
National Technical University of Athens, Athens GREECE Attiki 302107722049
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