EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award

The application period for the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2017 has closed.

What is the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award?

 

The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award is presented to the local authority that is judged to have done the most to raise awareness of sustainable mobility during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK (16-22 September). To apply, local authorities must have implemented the three criteria and signed the Charter.

Winners of the award, chosen by an independent panel of transport experts, receive a three-minute video in both English and their native language highlighting their achievements. In addition, the winning city and finalists are promoted via the campaign's channels.

Previous winners

2016: Malmö, Sweden

Malmö's efforts to promote cycling as a sustainable means of transport led to the Swedish city taking home the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2016. Malmö beat stiff competition from fellow finalists Lisbon (Portugal) and Skopje (former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia). Read more in the official press release.

 

Finalists:

Skopje (former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

To view the video made for Skopje, click here.

Lisbon (Portugal)

To view the video made for Lisbon, click here.

2015: Murcia, Spain

The Spanish city of Murcia won the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2015 for its superb efforts in promoting sustainable urban mobility, and contributing to improved air quality, its proactive approach to enable  a safer co-existence between car drivers, pedestrians and cyclists and for its impressive intermodal solutions, such as promoting bike racks on buses, opening bus lanes for cyclists, and placing a strong focus on electromobility.

 

Finalists:

Lisbon (Portugal)

To view the video made for Lisbon, click here.

Palma de Mallorca (Spain)

To view the video made for Palma de Mallorca, click here.

2014: Östersund, Sweden

The city of Östersund (Sweden) was presented with the 2014 EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award. The city's application was judged by a panel of distinguished sustainable mobility experts to have employed the most innovative and creative measures when celebrating 2014's theme, 'Our streets, our choice'. Östersund's fellow finalists were Murcia (Spain) and Vienna (Austria), who were selected from a shortlist of ten cities. For the 2014 edition of the award, 38 applications from 16 countries were received.

 

Finalists:

Murcia (Spain)

To view the video made for Murcia, click here.

Vienna (Austria)

To view the video made for Vienna, click here.

2013: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia took home the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award in 2013, showing a firm 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 EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, 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.

 

Finalists:

Budapest (Hungary)

Östersund (Sweden)

To view a short video about the finalists, click here.

2012: Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb (Croatia) was the winner of the 2012 EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award. The Croatian capital was praised for its innovative approach to citizen engagement, which transformed EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK into a week-long celebration. The city was chosen ahead of Swedish finalists Gävle and Östersund for the award.

During the week, citizens in Zagreb took part in activities such as urban fitness and educational sessions, rode vintage trams and helped redesign public parking lots for bicycles, amongst others. Speaking at the event, Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik acknowledged the work of cities and citizens, saying: “if we all take small steps, together we take a giant leap forward."

 

Finalists:

Gävle (Sweden)

Östersund (Sweden)

To view a short video about the finalists, click here.

2011: Bologna, Italy

The Italian city of Bologna was judged by an independent panel of mobility experts to have done the best job in promoting clean alternatives to using cars and involving citizens in activities to support sustainable urban mobility during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2011. The runners-up were Larnaka in Cyprus and the Croatian capital Zagreb. The award was handed to the winning city by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik and Vice-President Siim Kallas European Commissioner for Transport at a ceremony in the Brussels Musical Instrument Museum on 5 March 2012.

 

Finalists:

Larnaka (Cyprus)

To view the video made for Larnaka, click here.

Zagreb (Croatia)

To view the video made for Zagreb, click here.

2010: Almada, Portugal

The Portuguese city of Almada was judged by an independent panel of mobility experts to have done the most to promote alternatives to the car, and to highlight the positive impact of other means of transport on public health and the environment during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2010. Almada promoted sustainable mobility through dozens of permanent measures. To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Week, the municipality – together with the local Energy Agency – organised an impressive week of activities dedicated to sustainable transport and health. 

This culminated in a major event on 18 September – Mobility Festival Day – offering street markets, demonstrations of electrical vehicles, bicycle fairs, concerts, sport activities, dance and street performances, bike sprints, workshops, films, exhibitions and street art demonstrations. Almada also improved the road infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists and created several bicycle parking places and charging stations for bikes and electric vehicles. For Car Free Day, Almada converted the historic and commercial centre of Cacilhas into a pedestrian zone.

 

Finalists:

Murcia (Spain)

To view the video made for Murcia, click here.

Riga (Latvia)

To view the video made for Riga, click here.

2009: Gävle, Sweden

The city of Gävle was awarded the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2009 by the European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik for its outstanding achievements during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2009. The city took an ambitious approach to promoting sustainable urban mobility, complementing more traditional activities with communication via social media. Its activities included workplace seminars promoting sustainable travel; free chocolate for commuters at the central station and the ‘Gästrikeloppet Cycle Race 2009’ on Car Free Day in which nearly 150 people participated, including the famous Swedish adventurer Fredrik Sträng. 

To exploit the growing popularity of social media platforms, Gävle had its very own blogger, 20-year old Ingrid Bergström Nilsson, who travelled around the county on public transport and blogged about her adventures. In addition, the city engaged high school media students to produce a Mobility Week video diary which was utilised as a promotional tool. Gävle also made a strong commitment to sustainable mobility by introducing dedicated parking spaces for electric cars (with charging facilities), an automated PT ticket machine and installed new bike racks at bus stops to encourage active travel.

 

Finalists:

León (Spain)

To view the video made for León, click here.

Ivanić-Grad (Croatia)

To view the video made for Ivanić-Grad, click here.

2008: Budapest, Hungary

The city of Budapest received the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award in 2009 for its outstanding achievements. The city and districts of Budapest – dedicated participants since 2001 – developed a whole range of events and activities to promote sustainable urban transport, with major contributions from local artists and organisations, including two consecutive car-free days, a ‘Clever Commuting Race’ for VIPs, an open-air exhibition of clean and energy-efficient vehicles, a conference on air quality and noise mapping and a ‘Pedestrianised Areas Day’. 

The Hungarian capital also introduced and promoted several transport permanent measures, such as expanding the downtown pedestrian area, increasing parking fees in the city centre, improving metro and tram infrastructure and services and opening new bicycle lanes and ’park and ride’ facilities.

 

Finalists:

Almada (Portugal)

To view the video made for Almada, click here.

Zagreb (Croatia)

To view the video made for Zagreb, click here.

2007: Koprivnica, Croatia

The city of Koprivnica has participated in EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK since 2002. It was awarded the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2008 in recognition of the major commitment it made towards achieving sustainable mobility during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2007. 

The city launched various diverse projects to support modal shift. For example, Koprivnica introduced a three year programme ‘Streets for People’ (2007-2009) that aimed to make the city 100 percent accessible for all, reallocated 1.5 km of roads in the city centre to non-motorised traffic, and promoted walking and public transport vehicles running on bio-diesel. The city also aimed to engage national and regional networks in more ambitious projects towards sustainable urban traffic.

 

Finalists:

Arad (Romania)

Frankfurt (Germany)

2006: León, Spain

León was judged as the city which made the best contribution to EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2006. The city particularly impressed the jury with its ability to cover a wide range of important topics dedicated to sustainable mobility and climate change during a single week. Each day of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK in León was dedicated to a different topic and many exhibitions and awareness-raising events took place, with children as one of the main target groups. León also introduced several permanent measures to facilitate sustainable mobility, including an information centre on renewable energy, a cycle route linking the university campus to other parts of the city, an online information service on urban transport and a new access ramp for disabled people.

 

Finalists:

Bologna (Italy)

Budapest (Hungary)

2005: Copenhagen, Denmark

The city of Copenhagen was rewarded with the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award for its participation in EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2005. Copenhagen capitalised on the increased visibility of urban mobility during the Week to test 15 traffic experiments in different city neighbourhoods, including the elaboration of a new traffic plan for the Mimergade area, with a view to making the district quieter and safer, and measures to increase safety around school zones. 

The majority of experiments were deemed successful and were well received by citizens. The results of these tests provided the basis for the city to take informed decisions on whether to make the measures permanent. During the Week, Copenhagen also promoted the benefits of car-sharing, made the city centre car-free for three days in a row, and organised activities such as guided cycling tours and courses, various public debates on sustainable traffic, as well as games for children and street theatre plays.

 

Finalists:

Budapest (Hungary)

Koprivnica (Croatia)

2004: Nantes, France

2003: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana's local authorities launched several permanent measures in line with EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2003 including installing ramps for wheelchair users in the passenger centre of the local public transport operator, increasing the number of parking places for people with disabilities and organising a round table, in close cooperation with the Slovenian National Council of Disabled People, about bus and bus stop accessibility and the attitude of drivers towards disabled users. Ljubljana Public Transport (LPP) also confirmed its commitment to continue its efforts in favour of disability-friendly local buses, taking into account the specific needs of disabled users (access for wheelchair users, information in alternative formats for visually impaired people and awareness training for the drivers).

 

Finalists:

Almdada (Portugal)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)

2002:

Ferrara (Italy): for the most comprehensive action plan regarding thematic events, individual activities and involvement of citizens.

Geneva (Switzerland): for the most innovative permanent measure implemented on the occasion of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK.

Lund (Sweden): for the best communication strategy to promote the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK towards the citizens.

Krakow (Poland): for their commitment and involvement in implementing the first EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK in their local authority, the jury of experts proposed for a special mention.