Civitas Forum 2018 in Umeå, Sweden
CIVITAS is a network of cities for cities dedicated to cleaner, better transport in Europe and beyond. Since it was launched by the European Commission in 2002, the CIVITAS Initiative has tested and implemented over 800 measures and urban transport solutions as part of demonstration projects in more than 80 Living Lab cities Europe-wide.
Umeå is a smart and sharing city with an inclination for innovation. Located in the northeast of Sweden, it is one of the country's leading examples of sustainable urban development and has impeccable green credentials. Site visits allow visitors to experience this first-hand. The city has rebuilt Vasaplan to a modern terminal with improved traffic safety and accessibility and increased capacity for buses, so that more people can travel in a more sustainable way by taking the bus. At the new Vasaplan citizens can also meet someone, hang out with friends or just sit in the sun for a while.
Over three days, hundreds of policymakers, city representatives, academics, and practitioners came together to debate pressing topics surrounding sustainable urban mobility and witness the pioneering solutions bringing cleaner and better transport to Europe.
CIVITAS 2018 has begun! Welcoming words from Hans Lindberg, Mayor of Umeå open the first plenary. He specifically mentioned that shared and inclusive mobility is crucial to us. How can Mobility for U and Me be achieved? This is the exchange and discussion over the upcoming three days on the conference.
Alexander Ståhle, Spaceescape CEO, cuts to the human core of mobility in his speech:
„If we only need one indicator for the success of mobility systems in our cities, it should be that our kids are playing on our streets like 100 years ago. Freely and safely.“
Stina Nilimaa Wickström, Vice President Product Design Volvo Group CIVITAS 2018 to have seen the potential in “technology to build a humanistic future space that fulfils all our needs”, but reminds us that “in order to design a better future, co-creation is the only way.”
DG MOVE - the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission - presented possible support for SMEs in the field of intelligent and sustainable mobility in the future. The European Commission's goal is a smarter, greener, carbon-free Europe through innovation and investment in renewable energy. A Europe that is more deeply connected through strategic transport and digital networks. A more social Europe that promotes high-quality jobs, education, social inclusion and equality in health care. A Europe - closer to the citizen through sustainable urban planning.