Promoting Bike-to-Public-Transport Intermodality

Promoting the intermodality of cycling with public transport in Italy, Hungary and Romania.


The COVID-19 pandemic has strongly incentivised cycling as a mode of personal transport. While this is a welcome development towards more sustainable mobility patterns, cycling is often not well interconnected with other sustainable public transport modes such as bus and train systems. These deficiencies need to be assessed in order to popularise the usage of environmentally friendly transport modes.


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The project partners support regional and municipal governments of Livorno (Italy), Szombathely (Hungary) and Brasov (Romania) in formulating strategic action plans (SAP). These plans provide the necessary frameworks to strengthen the integration between bike, bus, train and other modes of sustainable transport. Integration measures vary across regions, but are all centred around physical connection of cycling and public transit, such as expanding cycle path networks and connecting them to public transit.
Development of the SAPs rely on two elements: first, they gather learnings from similar, successfully implemented projects, analyse them and explore their potential for being replicated in the target countries. Second, project members consult with local transport users to ensure that the SAPs are tailored to local needs. The project team regularly conducts round tables for transport users, biking associations, environmental groups, research institutes and transport operators. These round tables ensure constant community involvement and allow participants to evaluate implementation of the SAPs, suggest changes to policy makers, and share ideas among each other.
The SAPs lay the foundation for truly sustainable transport patterns, thus advancing decarbonisation, reducing air pollution and preserving citizens’ health.


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Project information

Updated: February 2022

Countries: Hungary, Italy, Romania

Project duration: 10/21 - 09/23

Funding: 299,742 €

Target groups: Cities, towns and municipalities, Civil Society, Public sector

Implementing organisation: Livorno Province Strategic Development; Planning; Local Public Transport Dept.

Partners: Self-Government Office of Vas County

Contact Person:

Ms. Irene Nicotra


Livorno Province
Strategic Development, Planning, Local Public Transport Dept.


Piazza del Municipio 4
Livorno 57123, Italy



This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI call for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.


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