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The CIVITAS Initiative at TRB 2013


For the second consecutive year CIVITAS presented some of its achievements at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), which took place in Washington D.C. from 13 to 17 January 2013. On top of various high level meetings with a host of TRB Committees geared towards enhanced cross-Atlantic cooperation, CIVITAS co-organised two headline events:

  • A session on the unveiling of two cycling books: City Cycling, a MIT Press publication, and Enabling Cycling Cities , a CIVITAS MIMOSA publication. The event was organised in partnership with MIT Press and the League of American Bicyclists (Sponsoring Committee: Bicycle Transportation). The programme highlighted the authors of new U.S. and EU publications on city cycling, in view of an exchange of ideas between academics, practitioners and advocates attending the TRB Annual Meeting. The exchange of ideas was reported back to the TRB Committee on Bicycle Transportation, highlighting potential areas of collaboration between the EU and U.S. research communities.
  • A session on ’Transforming Urban Mobility Takes Innovation of All Kinds‘ (Sponsoring Committee: Planning and Environment Group), organised in partnership with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. This was a lively session featuring stories about innovations in sustainable urban mobility. Multiple speakers from around the world selected shared stories that encompass a range of issues in urban mobility from a call for proposals. Presenters showcased an urban innovation by identifying the problem they innovated for, how problems were overcome, and the outcomes of their project. The presentations were conducted in pecha kucha style to best focus on the key inflection points in the story and to ensure that they conveyed the main ideas and retain audience attention. CIVITAS presented stories on the EC urban mobility vision, on how CIVITAS succeeds in transferring knowledge, on the mobility innovations adopted by the city of Perugia, on the CIVITAS MIMOSA book Enabling Cycling Cities: ingredients for success and on innovative car sharing in the city of Bremen.