Great mobility results after 4 years of CIVITAS PORTIS

CIVITAS PORTIS was a 4-year mobility project between 5 European cities. Thanks to a multi-faceted approach, Antwerp was able to improve urban and port mobility, traffic flow, road safety and quality of life.

5 cities, 33 partners, 49 measures

In the CIVITAS PORTIS project, 33 partners from five major port cities worked together to improve the accessibility of their cities and ports. Aberdeen (Scotland), Antwerp (Belgium), Constanta (Romania), Klaipeda (Lithuania) and Trieste (Italy) jointly implemented 49 smart, innovative mobility solutions. This enabled them to take their urban and port mobility to the next level. In addition to these five European cities, the international port city of Ningbo on the East China Sea was also involved as an observing city.  The project ran from 2016 to 2020 and was co-ordinated by the city of Antwerp. Of course, all the work will continue after the project.

Find out what Antwerp worked on in the project in this digital publication.

A multi-faceted approach

Antwerp is a vibrant city and has the second-largest port in Europe. This leads to a complex mobility context. Major investments in all modes of transport improve traffic flow, road safety and quality of life. Clear communication, a strong brand and high-quality promotion will convince users to make sustainable journeys and ensure a permanent mind shift. 

Among Antwerp's focus points with CIVITAS PORTIS were:

  • Improving the collaboration between city, port and other stakeholders in order to arrive at joint and effective solutions.
  • Developing innovative multimodal mobility solutions and entering into partnerships with the private sector to support them. For example, Port of Antwerp introduced the Fietsbus and DeWaterbus. Sub-mobility and Mobility-as-a-Service have also seen significant growth in recent years.
  • Convincing users of the benefits of sustainable solutions in order to achieve structural behavioural change. Smart Ways to Antwerp, for example, focused on clear communication, strong campaigns and partnerships with companies. Port of Antwerp encouraged cycling to and within the port. The project also contributed to the further development of Antwerp as a bicycle and tram city.
  • Collecting and opening up data in order to improve solutions on that basis. An important part of this was the development of the Smart Ways to Antwerp multimodal route planner, which gives the user a practical tool for making smart journeys.
  • Optimising goods transport and making it more sustainable along with the sector, for example by focusing on night transport, inland shipping and urban logistics.
  • Knowledge exchange with other partners and cities, both inside and outside the project. That way, we were able to learn from each other's experiences and can inspire others in the future as well.
  • In-depth monitoring and evaluation from the start ensured that lessons could be learned for further optimisation. 

More information?

An overview of the most important results from CIVITAS PORTIS in Antwerp have been gathered together in a digital publication. More information about the project, all the documentation and the results from the other cities can be found on the CIVITAS PORTIS website. Or take a look at the final project video where the five cities show some highlights from the project.