2013 European Mobility Week Award
The European Mobility Week Award scheme aims to reward the local authority that is deemed to have done the most in raising public awareness of sustainable mobility issues and implementing measures to achieve a shift towards sustainable urban transport.
The winning city is chosen by an independent panel of transport experts who assess all eligible applications and shortlist 10 local authorities which they consider have performed outstandingly well.
Ljubljana wins the 2013 EMW Award!
The Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, was awarded the prestigious European Mobility Week Award for 2013 at a ceremony in Brussels (Belgium) on 24 March 2014. Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik presented the award to Jelka Žekar, the city’s Vice Mayor. Taking the stand to address the audience in a short acceptance speech, Ms Žekar commented that Ljubljana “believes that by including the public [in sustainable mobility] we contribute to a better future for all.”
Mr Potočnik celebrated all the finalists, including Budapest (Hungary) and Östersund (Sweden), saying that they were “some of the best examples of change” and that they should be used as examples and inspiration for cities across Europe. Turning to this year’s EMW theme of urban quality of life, Mr Potočnik said that “we need to make sure that the environments where Europeans live are places where life can be lived to the fullest. This year’s EMW will focus on turning our cities into liveable spaces.”
In EMW 2013 Ljubljana confirmed its commitment to sustainable mobility by engaging 29 primary schools and 16 nurseries in more than 250 events to increase awareness about air quality and safe transport. One of the main boulevards of the city will also be redeveloped as a pedestrian zone after it was used as the main setting for ‘In Town Without My Car!’ in Ljubljana.
Fellow finalists Budapest and Östersund also developed engaging and innovative measures to celebrate EMW, such as making public transportation available for meeting new people, having breakfast and finding a new book to read, improving information for travellers, and making a commitment to procure low-emissions buses.
A promotional video outlining the finalists' mobility achievements was produced.
The three finalists for the European Mobility Week Award 2013 were:
- Budapest (Hungary)
- Ljubljana (Slovenia)
- Östersund (Sweden)
The other cities shortlisted for the award were:
- Bologna (Italy)
- Gdynia (Poland)
- Hundiksvall (Sweden)
- Labin (Croatia)
- Larnaka (Cyprus)
- Sofia (Bulgaria)
- Turku (Finland)
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