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An interview with the City of Vienna - EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK award winner

22 April 2018

Interview with the City of Vienna (Austria), winner of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2017 for larger municipalities.

Q. What activities did your city undertake to help it win the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award? Were there any activities that you are particularly proud of?

VIENNA: I suppose the jury is best placed to answer this first question! We are especially proud that we were able to motivate many partners in Vienna to join EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK. Together we provided a programme with more than 50 activities and events throughout the city.

A highlight during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK each year is the “Streetlife Festival”, Vienna’s car-free event. It combines fun and sustainable mobility-issues in a remarkable way – which is highly appreciated by the audience. More than 20,000 people visit every year.

Q. What has the reaction been among citizens and stakeholders to the city winning the award? What does winning the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award mean to the city?

VIENNA: The acknowledgment of Vienna’s work for sustainable mobility at the international level is a great honour for us. The City of Vienna has set itself the goal of increasing the share of journeys made by its residents on foot or by bike. This award encourages us to continue our efforts to achieve this goal. EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK shows, in a remarkable way, that European Cities are united to reach climate targets. We are proud to be among these cities.

Reactions among citizens and stakeholders were positive. The team working to realise EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK received many compliments.

Q. What are the benefits of taking part in EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK for your city?

VIENNA: The City of Vienna has set itself the goal of increasing the share of journeys made by its residents on foot or by bike. During EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK we take the chance to stress the efforts Vienna has put into place to achieve this goal: at events, through communications campaigns, and so on.

Q. What advice would you give to cities that are looking to take home the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award?

VIENNA: The path is the aim! It is important to motivate people to ride their bicycles, walk or take public transport, increase sustainable mobility and decrease pollution - winning the award is just the icing on the cake!