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EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2019 sees increase in participation in the Western Balkans

2 December 2019

The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK campaign enjoyed continued success this year, with participation rates in regions including the Western Balkans increasing. In 2018, a total of 58 towns and cities from the region participated in the campaign; this year that number increased to 75.

In addition, in 2018, 14 MOBILITYACTIONs from the Western Balkans were registered during the campaign. This year the figure more than doubled, with 33 actions registered.

A recent article produced by Balkan Green Energy News profiles this success and outlines some of the activities that took place as part of the week. For example, in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), the Minister of Transport of the Canton Sarajevo, Adnan Šteta, presented a road safety project in schools. In Priština (Kosovo) a walking campaign was organised, while in Skopje (Republic of North Macedonia), a cycling parade, a velo picnic, and several workshops on the use of electric vehicles were organised. And, Tirana (Albania) hosted a bike show, and launched a new public transport map, which details bicycle lanes, as well as street codes and rules in the city.

One of the activities held during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK was an online conference for Mayors from the region, which allowed them to share their urban mobility experiences and challenges.

Among the Mayors participating in the event was Milan Trivić, Deputy Mayor of Sarajevo, who said: “The City of Sarajevo wants to use EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK as an incentive to speed up achieving the goals that will, as soon as possible, define our city as a Smart City. The city is grateful to the individuals, enthusiasts and organisations who were the first to join in and initiate this campaign.”

To learn more about all the towns and cities who participated in EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK and the activities they organised, click here.

Upcoming webinar to provide tips on how to draft a good MOBILITY ACTION

27 November 2019

On Thursday 5 December, 11:00-12:00 CET, the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK secretariat will hold a webinar for businesses, NGOs, schools and other actors, including cities, on how to draft a good MOBILITYACTION.

A MOBILITYACTION is any action that promotes the idea of sustainable urban mobility. It can be limited to a specific day or last for several weeks/months and can take place at any moment of the year, not just during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK.

MOBILITYACTION’s promote a behavioural shift towards a more sustainable urban mobility culture and are of a promotional rather than a technical nature (i.e. technical innovations themselves will not be recognised), with examples including cycling to work with your neighbours, or if you’re an employer, taking concrete action to encourage your employees to use public transport.

During the webinar, participants will gain the chance to explore some best practice examples of MOBILITYACTION’s carried out across Europe, and will gain tips on how to draft their own perfect MOBILITYACTION.

To register for the webinar, click here.

Less than one month left to apply for the EU Urban Road Safety Award

18 November 2019

There is less than one month left for towns and cities to apply to the first EU Urban Road Safety Award.

The award, which is open for submissions until 16 December, rewards outstanding and innovative achievements by local authorities in the area of road safety and encourages the exchange of good practice across Europe.

In light of the fact that 38 percent of road fatalities and more than 50 percent of serious road injuries occur on urban roads, the award rewards local authorities for adopting holistic measures to improve road safety, within the spirit of the internationally recognised “Safe System” concept.

The EU Urban Road Safety Award will be presented in spring 2020 together with the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK and SUMP awards, and honours local authorities that have implemented innovative long-term safety improvements.

Applications will be accepted from European local authorities that have legal competence in developing and implementing road safety measures on their territory.

For more information about the award, the entrance criteria, and how to apply before the 16 December deadline, click here.

Increased participation leads to new EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK record

14 October 2019

EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK has hit a new participation record, with over 3,100 towns and cities from 50 countries taking part in 2019. This impressive figure marks the fourth record-breaking year in a row for the campaign. A full list of participants can be viewed here.

Car-free day, in which towns and cities close one or more streets to traffic, was carried out by 1,375 participants and in total, 15,610 permanent measures were implemented by the 2019 participating towns and cities.

Car-free day often leads to a marked increase in air quality in the area in which it is implemented and is the perfect opportunity for local authorities to measure the impact of motorised vehicles on the air we breathe.

A recent study on Brussels’ car-free day found an 80 percent decrease in nitrogen dioxide and diesel soot, the main pollutants linked to car traffic, during the period in which cars were off the roads in the Belgian capital.

Towns and cities who carried out all three of the participation criteria (carry out a week of activities celebrating clean forms of mobility, implement at least one permanent measure that encourages sustainable transport, and hold a car-free day) and signed the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Charter, are eligible to apply for the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards

The Awards, which recognise local authorities judged to have done the most to raise awareness of sustainable mobility during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, are given out in two categories: one for municipalities larger than 50,000 inhabitants, and one for smaller municipalities under this threshold. The deadline for applying is 25 October 2019.

For more information about the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards and how to apply, click here.

Second edition of EU SUMP guidelines launched at CIVITAS Forum 2019

5 October 2019

An all-important update to the first edition from 2013, the document was launched at the CIVITAS Forum 2019 in Graz (Austria).

A milestone release for Europe’s transport community, the guidelines make it easier for city planners and policy makers to integrate mobility into their visions for dynamic, modern, and liveable cities.

Much has changed in the six years since the first guidelines came into the world, including new business models, the onset of driverless technologies, and the further rise of digitalisation and automation.

Mobility habits and awareness are also different – with a shift from owning to sharing, increased active mobility, and a greater understanding of the relationship between public health and transport.

The new SUMP Guidelines reflect these diverse developments and provide the perfect reference and basis for cities to take their ambitions and planning a step further.

With over 300 contributors and case studies from 60 cities, the document reflects the immense European knowledge in the field.

A special Editorial Board steered the bottom-up, co-creative authorial process that included leading mobility academics, the European Commission’s DG MOVE, DG REGIO and INEA, CIVITAS SUMP projects and Eltis. SUMPs-Up coordinated the vast undertaking.

The members of the CIVITAS Political Advisory Committee (PAC) and CIVITAS Forum network also welcomed the release of the Guidelines with an endorsement of the document. This was signed by numerous local politicians from across the EU.

For more information and to download the full Guidelines, click here.

Local authorities invited to apply for EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK Awards

25 September 2019

Local authorities from across Europe, who participated in the 2019 edition of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, are now invited to apply for the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards.

The Awards, which are given out in two categories: one for municipalities larger than 50,000 inhabitants, and one for smaller municipalities under this threshold, recognise local authorities judged to have done the most to raise awareness of sustainable mobility during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, 16-22 September 2019.

To apply, local authorities need to have signed the Charter and implemented the three criteria – held a week of activities focused on sustainable mobility, implemented one or more permanent transport measure(s), and held a ‘Car-Free-Day’.

Winners of the Awards, chosen by an independent panel of transport experts, will be announced at a high-level award ceremony, which is set to take place in Spring 2020.

For more information and to submit an award before the 25 October deadline, click here.

European Commission launches EU urban road safety award

16 September 2019

Created to highlight the contribution made by local authorities towards improving the safety of European roads, the EU Urban Road Safety Award was launched today by the European Commission.

The award, which is open for submissions until 16 December, rewards outstanding and innovative achievements by local authorities in the area of road safety and encourages the exchange of good practice across Europe.

In light of the fact that 38 percent of road fatalities and more than 50 percent of serious road injuries occur on urban roads, the award rewards local authorities for adopting holistic measures to improve road safety, within the spirit of the internationally recognised “Safe System” concept.

The EU Urban Road Safety Award will be presented in spring 2020 together with the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK and SUMP awards, and honours local authorities that have implemented innovative long-term safety improvements.

Applications will be accepted from European local authorities that have legal competence in developing and implementing road safety measures on their territory.

For more information about the award, the entrance criteria, and how to apply before the 16 December deadline, click here.

 

 

EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2019: promoting walking and cycling for better towns and cities

16 September 2019

Today sees the start of the 18th edition of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, the European Commission’s flagship campaign promoting clean and sustainable urban transport. Running from 16-22 September, almost 3,000 towns and cities from about 50 countries will join with their activities promoting safe walking and cycling with the call to action “Walk with us!”. EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK culminates each year in the well-known Car-Free Day, when streets close for traffic and open for people!

Speaking about EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2019, EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said: “This year we would like to remind EU citizens that walking is enjoyable, healthy and completely free of charge. Many times it’s also a connecting mode for a smooth multimodal journey. The EU has invested a lot of effort to make it safe as well. So put on your walking shoes and walk with us!”

Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, said: “When it comes to clean transport, walking is the most environmentally friendly way to move around our towns and cities. Local governments can do a lot to encourage walking in urban areas, pedestrianising streets, creating low-emission zones, and allocating more space to walkers. It’s great for your health, but walking also means doing your bit for your city’s air quality, one step at a time.”

Local authorities that make significant efforts to promote sustainable urban mobility during the campaign can apply for the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards from 23 September until 23 October 2019. In 2018, the award for larger cities was presented to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, while the German city of Lindau won in the category for towns and cities with less than 50,000 inhabitants.

Local authorities can also apply by 31 October 2019 for the SUMP Award, which is presented to local and regional authorities that have achieved excellence in sustainable urban mobility planning.

In addition, local authorities can also apply for the EU Urban Road Safety Award. The award, which was launched today, rewards local authorities for implementing innovative measures to improve road safety. The call for applications is open until 16 December 2019.

For more information, click here.

EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK Best Practice Guide 2019 released

11 September 2019

The 2019 edition of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Best Practice Guide features the outstanding achievements of the six local authorities that were selected as finalists for the 2018 EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards.

Lisbon (Portugal) the eventual winner of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award for larger municipalities organised a number of activities during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, including: museum bike trips, free bicycle repair workshops, and a special prize for people and organisations that promoted the use of bikes. These activities complemented the inauguration of 31 new bike-sharing stations, new and expanded bike lanes, and 800 new bike parking areas. The other finalists for the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award for larger municipalities were Gdynia (Poland) and Palma (Spain).

Lindau (Germany) the eventual winner of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award for smaller municipalities organised: on-street info points to communicate the benefits of ‘mixing and moving’, a free hybrid shuttle bus and water taxi during Car-Free Day, and rewarded commuters who travelled by bike, foot, bus or train during the week with a free breakfast. Lindau also installed almost 500 new bike racks at train stations and bus stops, making it easier to cycle to and from public transport, and launched a new multimodal mobility app that enables users to plan a route using different transport modes. Karditsa (Greece) and Oliveira do Bairro (Portugal) were the runners up for the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award for smaller municipalities.

The guide also includes a number of inspiring MOBILITYACTIONs organised by NGOs, universities and private organisations, alongside good examples of activities carried out by municipalities both in and outside of Europe, and best practice by the National Coordination teams in a number of countries.

To download and read the Best Practice Guide, visit the Campaign Materials page.

CIVITAS Forum 2019 to explore interplay between new technologies and classic mobility solutions

2 September 2019

In 2003, the first ever CIVITAS Forum – Europe's leading sustainable mobility conference and the flagship event of the CIVITAS Initiative – took place in Graz (Austria). Today, Austria’s second city is vastly different to how it was 16 years ago. But, how and why have things changed during this time? What role has CIVITAS played in this? What must be done to ensure a continued transition towards sustainable, safe and connected mobility?

Under the banner “back to the future”, the CIVITAS Forum will return to Graz to answer these questions and examine the interplay between new technology and classic mobility solutions in the present day.

From 2-4 October, the Forum will bring together close to 500 city representatives, practitioners, policymakers and academics to debate and analyse the most pressing mobility topics. Participants will have the chance to examine the pioneering solutions bringing cleaner, better transport to Europe.

During the Forum, the second edition of the EU sustainable urban mobility planning guidelines will be launched, marking a major milestone for Europe’s transport community.

Due to overwhelming demand, capacity for the Forum has been reached. However, you can follow #CIVITAS2019 on Twitter and keep up with all the action through Facebook and LinkedIn.

For more information about the CIVITAS Forum 2019, click here.