Sustainable Urban Transport for the Europe of Tomorrow

SMILE is part of the group of CIVITAS integrated projects dealing with transport measures to improve the urban environment. It is one of four projects in CIVITAS II (2005-2009). With CIVITAS ("CIty-VITAlity-Sustainability), the European Commission aims to generate a decisive breakthrough by supporting and evaluating the implementation of ambitious integrated sustainable urban transport strategies that should make a real difference for the welfare of the European citizen. The objectives of Civitas SMILE are improved urban air quality, creation of a sustainable, safe and flexible traffic system that improves the quality of life in two leading cities, Malmö (Sweden) and Norwich (UK), and in three follower sites, Tallinn (Estonia), Suceava (Romania) and Potenza (Italy). It will cut the current trend of increased use and ownership of cars, promote sustainable alternatives and stimulate efficient and clean city distribution of goods. Civitas SMILE cities typify the urban policy issues facing the many historic medium sized cities in the European Union and in Accession Countries, giving a level of transferability. SMILE contains 20 demonstration measures, which will directly lower the hazardous emissions from city traffic. In the long run it will create a modal shift towards public transport, cycling and car-sharing. The project develops and implements an advanced training model to exchange know-how between Malmö and Tallinn. The results will have wide transferability in Europe, with particular focus on the new member state cities. It will demonstrate how small and medium sized European cities reaches EU-objectives and the Kyoto treaty through an intelligent sustainable city traffic based on intermodality.

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    • Research Institutions undertaking the sub-projects: AS MRP Linna Liinid, Tallinn Bus Company, Tallinn Linnavalitsus, Tallinn Tram and Trolleybus Company, Tallinna Tehnikaülikool, Agenzia Ricerca e Produzione Avanzata, CTP, Provincia di Potenza, Regione dell'Umbria, Suceava Municipality, City of Malmö, SunFleet Car-sharing, 215 215 Transporter AB, EON, Lund University, Malmö Lastbilcentral AB, Malmö University, School of Technology and Society, Skånetrafiken, Skånemejerier, UMAS, Anglian Coaches Limited, First Eastern Counties Buses Ltd, Mobility Energy Environment and new Technologies, Norfolk County Council; Norwich City Council, Smart Moves, Transport & Travel Ltd, University of East Anglia, and the University of the West of England - Bristol.


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  • Status: Active
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Sustainable Surface Transport

    6th RTD Framework Programme
    European Union
    Brussels,   Belgium 
  • Project Managers:

    Humphrey, Chris

  • Start Date: 20050201
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090131
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25417

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  • Accession Number: 01461638
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Knowledge Centre
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:49PM