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Periodic Reporting for period 2 - DESTINATIONS (CIVITAS DESTINATIONS)

Reporting period: 2018-03-01 to 2019-08-31

DESTINATIONS aims to change the mind-sets of all stakeholders involved in providing effective mobility and transport solutions in an integrated way. The requirement to integrate conventional Public Transport with flexible and tailored services is particularly evident in the smaller tourist destinations that cannot afford to provide urban transport services all around the year, and lack resources to provide sufficient public transport services during the peak season. In such destinations mobility is highly car dependent, and congestion and other harmful mobility impacts are rampant, especially when and where they are less desired. This generates exceptional demands and trade-offs that are often poorly handled by local administrations, with different offices and competences for coping with tourist and residents’ mobility needs. The lack of well-established private-public collaboration schemes and business models prevent the provision of a seamless offer in many tourist destinations at the present. To show how to address this challenge, DESTINATIONS is implementing integrated innovative mobility solutions in: Madeira; Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; Limassol; Valletta; Elba; and Rethymno; targeting the resident and tourist mobility demand with a holistic and integrated planning approach, delivering sustainable mobility strategies.
In WP1 a control process was defined to review the documentation and an ethics board was constituted to overlook the data management processes and confirm their adherence to national and European standards. Financial and technical progress was monitored, and contingency plans were prepared. An online repository has been set-up.
In WP2, SUMPs preparation in the different sites was coordinated to have a minimum comparable standard (Las Palmas GC and Rethymno improved their existing SUMP, Madeira approved its first). Stakeholders’ identification and involvement enabled synergies with WP8. This WP has a close relationship with WP5.
In WP3, Elba finalised the design activities related to the new increased safety road crossings. Limassol installed 5 parking sites. Las Palmas GC conducted traffic simulation scenarios, supporting an Action Plan for sustainable mobility. Rethymno installed 24 traffic lights with countdown indicators. Madeira installed a new prototype of CCTV camera capturing images inside the bus and counting passengers that step in/out of the buses and implemented traffic calming actions. Madeira, Rethymno and Limassol started cooperating actively with schools.
In WP4, Elba designed the Shared Urban Mobility Agency structure. Rethymno improved its bike-sharing system. Limassol installed 4 bike parking facilities. In Las Palmas GC the new bike sharing system Sítycleta was implemented. The sites installed respectively 3, 7 and 6 new EV-charging stations. Malta studied the average cost of owning a car and used this information for communication campaigns to promote shared mobility services. In Madeira incentive schemes for the acquisition of EV by residents and companies were implemented with dissemination activities; 6 e-vehicles and charging stations were funded by a national fund.
In WP5, 3 sites’ SULPs have been approved by the municipal body and 3 are under discussion. Networks to collect Used Cooking Oil were created in Limassol and Rethymno. 1 app has been developed for freight distribution optimization in Las Palmas GC.
In WP6, Madeira launched the “Public Transport Friend” discounts for users in some shops. Limassol organised campaigns to promote measure activities, was successful with the Green Label Award and Mobility Card, and the Bicycle Challenge. Malta finalised the draft Green Mobility Hotel Award Criteria and launched an app “My Malta Plan”, informing tourists about sustainable mobility options. The “Elba Card” was created to sell PT tickets in the hotels. Rethymno created the Sustainable Mobility Agency.
In WP7, Las Palmas GC produced a film to improve the acceptance of major network changes, installed 20 new panels powered by solar energy that read PT smartcards, and acquired 3 hybrid buses. Rethymno was the first city in Greece to have an e-bus in their PT fleet connecting the city centre to the beach, and the first e-car in their municipal fleet. Elba signed agreements with the PT operator to include more services, better conditions and SMS-based tickets. Limassol installed 20 bike racks on buses (using Madeira experience). Madeira installed an eco-driving system; tire pressure management equipment, system to manage bus/driver/service, assignment predictive analysis of bus potential faults, and photovoltaic system in 2 buses are being tested.
In WP8 a best practice review on EU projects was conducted and used by the sites to perform their own stakeholder mapping. Webinars took place, the most promising measures were selected to apply business modelling based on CANVAS method. WP8 also conducted research about Intelligent Transport Systems solutions that were useful for setting up and implementing the measures.
In WP9, the WP leader, with CIVITAS SATELLITE, and local evaluation managers, selected the indicators that best match the objectives of the project and start collecting data to define the baseline scenario. Process evaluation data was collected with work carried out under WP1, taking stock of the barriers, drivers and lessons learnt for each single measure.
In WP10, as outcome of the project political body, a Political Declaration was signed and delivered to Commissioner Bulc in May 2019. The platform of multipliers ( was continuously enriched, with 128 registrations benefiting from direct access to 77 project-related documents. Knowledge exchange and capacity building activities have been carried out under different format, including interaction with the sister projects, CIVITAS Community and China.
WP11 produced communication plans for Europe and all 6 sites. The project webpage on the CIVITAS website is continuously updated, two leaflets and a project poster were produced, and news-items were published in the CIVITAS MOVE, CPMR and other newsletters. The project has Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin accounts, promoting its activities, and participated in European events, such as the CIVITAS Forum and the ECOMM conference. Cooperation with CIVITAS IA projects were jointly carried out in Elba, with PORTIS in Antwerp, with ECCENTRIC in Stockholm and during the EUSEW 2019 in Brussels. Local activities were carried out to promote the measures being implemented.
In terms of expected results, the agreement with the methodological framework for evaluation and impact assessment provided by SATELLITE represents a milestone, as it sets the rule of the game for the assessment of the project impacts. Significant impacts on the environmental, social, energy, economic and health assessment are expected from the measures’ implementation. The fulfilment of these expectations depends on the correct understanding of the methodology for impact assessment and on the set up of back-up options in case of problems, data unavailability and uncertainties in the assessment. The comparison with the knowledge base of the SATELLITE evaluation methodologies represents another important progress towards this direction. It is expected that DESTINATIONS can enrich the knowledge base in the field of impact assessment, with a particular focus on sustainable tourism.