Handshake helps cities of all types become more liveable places, improving conditions for cycling as an everyday mode of transport.
Handshake will achieve this by improving the quality of both cycling infrastructure and communications through identifying innovation in areas such as intelligent transport systems, bike sharing, modelling, bike parking, socio-economic assessment and governance and decision-making.
In all corners of Europe, cities face alarming levels of congestion and air pollution and a scarcity of public space, whilst urban environments remain dangerous for vulnerable road users.
Cycling is a powerful way to address these challenges and steer cities towards being more sustainable, equitable and economically prosperous places for citizens.
CIVITAS Handshake, a Horizon 2020-funded project under the CIVITAS Initiative, aims to support cities to make the transition to two wheels.
The project is running from September 2018 to August 2022.
Only a few cities - such as the Handshake Cycling Capitals - have already developed an holistic approach to cycling. Many cities have partial knowledge in some areas of cycling, but innovation has not always reached the cities who would stand to gain the most from it. Under Handshake, cycling knowledge and expertise is being shared through transfer processes and programmes between cities that will themselves help shape best practice.