This monograph presents the conceptual reflections on possible alternatives within the Civitas Elan project, its successful concrete solutions, as well as obstacles to the introduction of changes. The project is a consortium of five cities (Brno, Ghent, Ljubljana, Porto, and Zagreb) that includes 39 partners from seven European countries.
A part of our reflections and solutions is presented in this monograph. The first part of the book includes texts dealing with the social circumstances of changing urban mobility and consequently with changing urban traffic systems and traffic policies. The second part presents some of the most successful methodological solutions that were used to analyze the changing and ever new forms of mobility. In the more extensive third part the articles present new techniques, technologies, solutions, approaches and products, which contribute to more efficient and environmentally friendlier city traffic. The monograph concludes with the reflections of the project’s scientific coordinator about the cooperation in the RTD part of the project. It contains proposals which we hope will contribute to a better understanding of the project’s achievements and stimulate further discussions on the objectives of the Civitas Initiative.