This is Handshake


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 mentoring programmes between cities that will themselves help shape best practice.


Handshake supports ten highly-motivated EU cycling cities in learning from three pioneering, successful, and world-class cycling cities - Copenhagen (Denmark), Amsterdam (the Netherlands), and Munich (Germany) - in the uptake of proven cycling solutions. 

Handshake involves many coastal cities as well as inland cities located throughout northern and southern Europe. The cities represent a range both in terms of population size as well as their degree of cycling achievement. 


Experts and local authorities join forces in Handshake to design, develop and implement over 60 solutions across 13 cities. These solutions may be multi-faceted or interconnected, but each solution fits into one of four categories of activity that help drive the performance of successful cycling cities.


Handshake has two types of partner - cities and technical partners. Cities are shown above and a summary of the following technical partners can be found on the Partners page. You can contact the project coordinator via the Contact Us page.

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This project has received funding from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement no 769177.

The sole responsibility for the content of this website lies with the CIVITAS Handshake project and in no way reflects the views of the European Commission.