DYNamic Citizens @ctive for sustainable Mobility

The CIVITAS DYN@MO Project is proposed by four dynamically developing cities: Aachen (DE) and Gdynia (PL), as leading cities, Palma de Mallorca (ES) and Koprivnica (HR), as learning cities. They share the key characteristics:

  • medium sized regional centres with a young and growing population, with university campuses,

  • experience in participatory mobility planning, and

  • clear commitment to innovation and advanced technology implementation

The strategic aims of CIVITAS DYN@MO are:

  • to develop "Mobility 2.0" systems and services by applying "web 2.0" technologies for connecting travellers, delivering information and services, as well as creating exciting new tools for direct interaction with citizens and customers,
  • to implement city and citizen-friendly, electric mobility solutions, using new electric and hybrid vehicles (pedelecs, buses, vans and cars) in innovative service concepts
  • to engage in a dynamic citizen dialogue for mobility planning and service improvement.

Situation before CIVITAS

In May 2009, the RWTH Aachen University and the City of Aachen formally established the Campus GmbH, a company which exclusively markets the new research campus sites located in the Melaten and Westbahnhof areas. The 800,000 m² expansion of the RWTH campus is to host about 19 research clusters as well as 150 to 200 high tech companies. It is expected to generate up to 10.000 new jobs in this area. The actual planning and development of the new University Campus areas (Melaten and West) offer the integration of mobility management in the site development. The city of Aachen, the “Bau- and Liegenschaftsbetrieb” of North Rhine-Westphalia and the RWTH Aachen University fixed these points in the legally binding land development.

First steps for sustainable mobility have been achieved with the Clean Air Plan for the city of Aachen. The Clean Air Plan envisages the introduction of mobility management measures as a key factor to improve air quality. Based on this plan a Mobility Master Plan was designed by the RWTH Aachen University in 2009 and 2010. The first measure, a discount public transport (mobility) ticket for employees of the University, was agreed upon in March 2011 combined with measures of parking management (monthly fee for parking) and started in July 2011. Other measures should follow in the context of the DYN@MO project.

In the context of EU environmental legislation to protect the public against diseases caused by dust and noise pollution, the city of Aachen has decided to implement the intelligent management of mobility and transport to fulfill the legal requirements. Many other cities attempt to fulfill these legal requirements by so-called “environmental zones” with a prohibition to use rich emission vehicle. The FH Aachen has agreed together with the RWTH Aachen University and other stakeholders to actively participate in improving the environmental situation.


CIVITAS-DYN@MO measures in Aachen

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The specific objectives of CIVITAS-DYN@MO:

  • on the strategic level CIVITAS-DYN@MO will create a culture for interactive mobility planning in which citizens and other stakeholders can actively participate in planning through innovative dynamic processes,
  • on the technical level CIVITAS-DYN@MO will use clean, energy efficient, especially electric vehicles, and advanced ICT and ITS Systems as the basis of innovative transport services,
  • on the service level, the citizens and travellers in the CIVITAS-DYN@MO cities will experience innovation hotspots with exciting new mobility services,
  • on the European level, the politicians and technical decision makers from CIVITAS-DYN@MO cities will actively contribute to European exchange and learning through summer schools and trainings and will develop competence centres for Sustainable Urban Transport Planning and for electromobility.

The Institute for Urban and Transport Planning will be responsible for various research and demonstration activities for the City of Aachen in DYN@MO. The main focus of work will be concepts (and implementation) for sustainable mobility in the city of Aachen, especially for the University Campus. Further activities are the involvement of stakeholders and users for the workpackages A1.2 “Electromobile living” and A1.1 “Dynamic Sustainable Regional Mobility Plan”.

Objectives of the Measures

A1.1 Dynamic Regional Sustainable Mobility Plan

Aachen has a long tradition of sustainable urban transport and mobility plans. In order to respond to new challenges in the city within the region Aachen plans to develop a dynamic mobility planning approach at city and regional level based on geo-referenced traffic models. The measure will extend and strengthen local partnerships and use innovative methods, such as web2.0 applications for improved public consensus processes. The result will be a dynamic regional sustainable mobility plan.In addition, the Institute for Urban and Transport Planning is developing a simulation game with the name “Mobility 2050” which illustrates the influential parameters on mobility and transport demand as well as possible developments of these parameters. The goal of the simulation game is to introduce the different participants from various fields of a SUMP-project to the complexity of traffic forecasts and the development of underlying scenarios.


Simulation Game

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Simulation Game



  • Definition of sustainable mobility visions for the StädteRegion (external and demographic influences) in 2020 and 2050
  • Moderating of stakeholder/ expert meetings
  • Modelling CIVITAS measures

A1.2 Electromobile living

The City of Aachen – in cooperation with the public housing company – has identified residential sites for demonstrating alternative ways of connecting building management with sustainable mobility planning. The measure will overcome legal barriers of compulsory parking space provision and offer new mobility options to residents based on electric and hybrid vehicles for personal mobility and goods transport and delivery. With the help of information technologies residents of all ages and social backgrounds will actively participate in the deployment of car-sharing and car-pooling schemes, bike-sharing, special types of public transport tickets and other mobility services. The result will be the establishment of sustainable mobility services in three residential areas (6 hybrid vehicles, 15 pedelecs, mobility terminal, etc.).


  • Selection and location analysis of the three sites for this measure
  • Continuous involvement of stakeholders and residents in the development, design and operation of new mobility services which will include local delivery services
  • Survey on the acceptance of the mobility services by the tenants
  • Evaluation of user behaviour with regard tot he awareness of local „green“ power generation and cosumption by electric vehicles
  • Monitoring of „green“ electricity production and consumption

A1.3 Sustainable university traffic

The implementation of a sustainable mobility plan for the newly developed campus areas of the Technical University of Aachen is at the core of the regional mobility plan. The measure aims at reducing motorised trips and restricting parking at the new campus. Innovative consultation mechanisms will ensure active participation of students and teaching personnel in developing integrated and innovative mobility concepts. The results will be a comprehensive mobility plan for the new campus, a pedelec rental system and a business trip and internal logistics management.


  • Design and utilisation of a mobility management handbook for site developers, which provides measures to support public transport, bicycling and car-sharing/-pooling
  • Creation of an innovative business trip and internal logistics management
  • Sustainable Mobility Plan for the newly developed campus areas to reduce parking space

A2.1 Implementation of environmental-friendly and silent vehicles

Aachen demonstrates strong commitment towards researching, testing and implementing electric vehicles, ranging from pedelecs, scooters, cars, freight vehicles, high quality public transport vehicles and energy efficient trams. Within CIVITAS-DYN@MO focus is put on substituting the use of conventional cars through pedelecs deployed at new bike sharing stations at the Campus and selected housing estates. The StädteRegion will deploy two mobility stations with pedelecs and hybrid cars in two cities in the region. Two conventional vans will be replaced by electric vans. The municipal fleet will receive a hybrid car as the official car of the Mayor to set a strong political signal to the public.

A2.2 Integration of hybrid buses – towards a clean fleet in Public Transport

Aachen’s mobility service provider increasingly converts the bus fleet with environmentally friendly buses to curb noise and pollutant emissions. Electric-hybrid buses are highly innovative and have high potential in fuel savings and reduced noise levels. Two hybrid buses will be tested according to a defined test programme and methodologies. Based on successful results, four hybrid buses will be procured for day-to-day operations. In addition, a tender for the procurement of Euro 6 buses will be prepared.

A3.1 Mobility Alliance

With the establishment of the Mobility Alliance Aachen all local mobility providers will strengthen their cooperation and address the main challenges of urban mobility. The measure will develop a cross-border information platform for all actors of the mobility market in a regional mobility meshwork to offer multiple mobility options for customers built on interactive Mobility 2.0 applications. This will include cross-border integrated ticketing (with NL and BE), a reservation medium for car-sharing and commuter rides and function as an identification medium for online uses for dynamic individualised on-trip information. Thus citizens can arrange their individual mobility needs in a quick and comfortable way.


  • Acceptance and before studies with focus groups in the area under investigation
  • Recording and measuring of indicators in a before/after comparison

A3.2 Travel Assistance – individualised notification system

Within the measure a travel assistant will be developed which suggests alternative transport modes and schedules based on real-time information taking into account the actual situation about incidents, congestion, events, etc. According to preliminary profiling, customers will receive (on push or on request) individualised pre-trip and on-trip travel information (incidents on specific routes, alternative travel suggestions). Due to enhanced Mobility 2.0 applications, the travel assistant will encourage and enable the customer to upload/forward user-generated information such as incident notifications.

Project duration

12/2012 – 12/2016

Project Coordinator

City of Aachen

Sponsor of the project

The CIVITAS initiative is co-financed by the European Commission.

Project partner

The project consortium consists of 28 partners in the four participating cities Aachen, Gdynia, Koprivnica and Palma, supported by the UBC Commission on Environment, Rupprecht Consult and Lund University. UBC EnvCom leads the work package on Dissemination & Learning.

Aachener Straßenbahn und Energieversorgungs AG, Aachen, Germany

Aachener Verkehrsverbund GmbH, Aachen, Germany

Cazmatrans, Koprivnica, Croatia

City of Aachen, Aachen, Germany

City of Gdynia, Poland

City of Koprivnica, Koprivnica, Croatia

City of Palma, Palma, Spain

City of Turku, Turku, Finland

DAN, Varazdin, Croatia

EUROLOCAL, Palma De Mallorca, Spain

Fachhochshule Aachen, Aachen, Germany

HŽ Infrastruktura Development and Investment, Zagreb, Croatia

Kampus Doo, Koprivnica, Croatia

Komunalac, Koprivnica, Croatia

Miasto Gdynia, City of Gdynia, Gdynia, Poland

Politechnika Gdanska, Gdansk, Poland

Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Aachen, Germany

Rupprecht Consult GmbH, Cologne, Germany

RWTH Aachen Campus GmbH, Aachen, Germany

SMAP, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Stadtwerke Aachen Aktiengesellschaft, Aachen, Germany

Städteregion Aachen, Aachen, Germany

University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland

University of Lund, Lund, Sweden

University of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Przedsiebiorstwo Komunikacji Trolejbusowej SP ZOO, Gdynia, Poland

Cambio Carsharing Aachen GmbH, Aachen, Germany

Further Information

City of Aachen


Aachener Nachrichten (10.01.2013): Aachen ist nun Lead Partner im Verkehr

Aachener Zeitung (11.01.2013): Perspektive für die zukunftsfähige Mobilität wird jetzt konkreter


Michael Boßhammer, M.A.

Dr.-Ing. Conny Louen