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Lisbon and Lindau celebrated in new EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK videos

3 July 2019

Two new videos have been launched showcasing the sustainable mobility activities of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK award winners for 2018. The videos were filmed on location in Lisbon (Portugal) and Lindau (Germany) and feature interviews with key mobility experts within the municipalities.

The videos outline how the award-winning cities are working to make sustainable mobility the number one choice for citizens in their cities.

Miguel Gaspar, Deputy Mayor for Mobility and Safety in Lisbon, highlights how mobility in the Portuguese capital has changed over the last 10 years and underscores the importance of cities working together to share ideas and support one another in tackling global challenges.

Head of Mobility with the City of Lindau, Kai Kattau, outlines how Lindau’s sustainable mobility work is guided by four objectives: to enhance and improve accessibility between different districts in the city, to reduce environmental pollution, to strengthen environmental conservation, and to improve traffic management.

Through these videos, viewers are granted a look at the innovative activities and measures that led these cities to success at the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards ceremony.

To view the video on Lisbon, click here.

To view the video on Lindau, click here.

EU mobility community invited to give feedback on draft of revised SUMP Guidelines

19 June 2019

European mobility stakeholders – the draft second edition of the European SUMP Guidelines is now available to read and download!

The document was launched during the opening plenary of the 6th EU Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan Conference in Groningen (The Netherlands), alongside a wide array of SUMP-related topic guides. 

Some of the topics covered include shared mobility, cycling, walking and health and the guides explore how these topics and many more can be supported and integrated into SUMP plans.

This comprehensive revision of one of the EU’s most important mobility planning documents marks a milestone in EU mobility policy.

The update aims to reflect the dynamic developments that have occurred in many areas of urban mobility, and integrate the rich experiences from SUMP implementation that have been acquired since the publication of the first Guidelines in 2013.

Europe’s sustainable mobility community is now invited to provide their feedback on the main Guidelines via the online form here by 9 July 2019.

In addition, feedback can be provided to individual Topic Guide and Practitioner Briefing authors by clicking through the tabulated table on the main Guidelines page. The deadline to give comments on these documents is also 9 July 2019.

For more information, click here.

Call for applications for 8th SUMP Award opens

17 June 2019

The eighth edition of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) Award was launched today at the 6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, which is taking place in Groningen (The Netherlands).

This year's award will focus on the inclusion of safe, active mobility in sustainable urban mobility planning (SUMP). This covers the development and promotion of walking and cycling as urban transport modes and the improvement of safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

The topical focus is based on this year's EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK theme, which puts the spotlight on safe walking and cycling and the benefits it can have for our health, our environment, and our bank balance.

Recognising that Europe’s cities can no longer afford to rely on private vehicles for mobility needs, the 8th SUMP Award encourages planning authorities to promote and plan for active modes. In addition to flexibility, walking and cycling have many other benefits, such as social and economic accessibility, reliability, a low environmental footprint, and a positive impact on health.

The SUMP Award is presented together with the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK awards, and honours local authorities that have developed a SUMP that satisfies the diverse transport needs of people and businesses, whilst improving quality of life.

Applications will be accepted from European local and regional public authorities that have legal competence in developing and implementing a SUMP on their territory.

For more information about this year's edition of the award, the entrance criteria, and how to apply before the 31 October deadline, click here.

Less than four weeks until 6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans

22 May 2019

The 6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans will take place from 17 – 18 June 2019 in Groningen (The Netherlands), gathering policy makers, local authorities, urban transport planners, academics, NGOs and other mobility professionals to exchange ideas on sustainable urban mobility planning. All those involved in putting the SUMP concept into practice are invited to attend.

The conference is co-funded by the European Commission in cooperation with the Municipality of Groningen and is free of charge. Registration can be completed online.

The conference programme features speakers from cities across Europe as well as experts working in the field, and covers each aspect of sustainable urban mobility planning.

Juan Caballero of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Secretariat will present the campaign during the "Citizen Participation and Communications" session (A2 of the parallel sessions) on Monday 17 June.

A series of site visits will also be held, highlighting the sustainable mobility work of host city Groningen. Participants can join tours showcasing the city’s smart cycling routes, automated shuttle buses, transit-oriented development, and more. For a full list of site visits, click here.

For more information, visit Eltis. To join the conversation on Twitter, use the hashtag #SUMP2019. For inquiries, contact sump2019@eltis.org.

Lindau to host upcoming EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK Coordination meeting

20 May 2019

Representatives from countries across Europe will meet in the German city of Lindau this June for the 53rd EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Coordination meeting. Each representative will present an overview of Mobility Week planning in their country, sharing ideas and inspiration with their European colleagues.

The European Secretariat of the campaign will additionally give an update, outlining improvements to the registration process and requesting ideas on potential campaign focal themes for years to come. Representatives from the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission will join the meeting, providing an update on EU policy in the field of sustainable mobility and engaging in the discussion.

As the winner of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2018 for smaller municipalities, Lindau offered to host the event, allowing participants to see first-hand the measures that helped the city to take home the award.

Attendees will take part in a cycling tour of the city, as well as learning more about the city’s plans for water taxis. Lindau will also present its future developments regarding walking policies in the urban area.

Registration for EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2019 now open

17 April 2019

Towns and cities across Europe and further afield can now register their participation in EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2019.

The annual campaign, which takes place from 16-22 September each year, is organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport and seeks to improve quality of life through promoting clean mobility and sustainable urban transport.

This year’s campaign puts the spotlight on safe walking and cycling and the benefits it can have for our health, environment, and bank balance. The 2019 theme is represented by the slogan Walk with us!

Towns and cities can register their participation online, selecting which of the three options – holding a week of activities focused on sustainable mobility, implementing one or more permanent transport measures, or holding a ‘Car-Free-Day’ – they will be carrying out to celebrate the week.

Last year’s EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK saw 2,792 towns and cities from 54 countries take part in the campaign.

Businesses, NGOs, schools and other actors, including cities, who want to get involved in the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK campaign are also invited to register their MOBILITYACTION online.

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.

For more information and to register for EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2019, click here.

An interview with Transport for Greater Manchester, winner of the 7th SUMP Award

15 April 2019

Nicola Kane, Head of Strategic Planning and Research with Transport for Greater Manchester, spoke to us about winning the sustainable urban mobility planning (SUMP) Award, Manchester's 'bold vision' for sustainable transport, and the importance of working with diverse stakeholders.


What does winning the SUMP Award mean to the city?

Winning the SUMP award is a real honour and endorsement of the hard work that Transport for Greater Manchester and our district colleagues have put in to developing our new Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040. It demonstrates to our citizens and stakeholders that Greater Manchester is planning effectively for the future and that we are serious about improving transport in support of a greener, cleaner and more prosperous city-region. 


Can you tell us a little bit about the process of designing your SUMP? What was it, do you think, that appealed to the Jury?

The central theme of our SUMP is “integration”. Our strategy focuses on how we can deliver a truly seamless and sustainable transport system that works for all journeys.

Our strategy has not been developed around individual modes of transport, but more to support the wide range and types of journeys that people and goods need to make in the city region. This includes planning for very short neighbourhood trips to schools, shops and local activities; as well as travel to our towns and city centres, and to other towns and cities across the UK and beyond. I think it is this spatial, rather than modal, approach to planning that attracted the judges. 

We have also set out a bold vision for 50 percent of all trips to be made by sustainable modes by 2040 (from 40 percent today), which will be challenging in a city region that is experiencing rapid growth and is still very car-dominated in many parts of the urban area. This will mean providing for a million more sustainable journeys every day.

We are also embracing innovation, where it supports our wider economic, social and environmental goals. For example, exploring opportunities for shared connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) services and testing how Mobility as a Service (MaaS) can improve the customer experience.


What advice would you give to cities that are looking to follow in your footsteps and win the SUMP Award?

Demonstrate how you are working with stakeholders and communities to develop a strategy that really meets the needs of the end users, based on a clear and compelling vision of the future. 

Set ambitious goals for your SUMP and demonstrate how they can be achieved through a range of transport and non-transport interventions.

Learn from elsewhere – look at what other cities are doing around the world and “borrow” those elements which are working well, whilst thinking how they should be adapted to meet your local requirements and context. 

We are really delighted to have won this year’s SUMP Award, and it was well worth the time taken to make the awards submission. 

An interview with Lindau, winner of the EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK Award 2018 for smaller municipalities

9 April 2019

Jaime Valdés Valverde, Mobility Planner with the City of Lindau, discusses the German city's recent EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award for smaller municipalities victory.


1. What activities did Lindau undertake to help it win the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award?

Lindau City Council unanimously approved the climate-friendly Lindauer Mobility Concept (KLiMo) in 2017, which follows the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) structure. KLiMo aims to facilitate and promote sustainable mobility, making urban traffic more environmentally friendly to achieve the highest possible quality of life. In this context, participation in EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK serves as an awareness-raising measure, one that brings the local population’s attention to the issue of sustainable mobility.

Lindau implemented several mobility measures in 2018, the majority of which promoted multimodality, the theme of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2018. These measures were the key for our application to this award.

At the start of 2018, the City of Lindau and all Public Transport providers entered into the BODO (Bodensee-Oberschwaben-Verkehrsverbund) integrated Public Transport ticketing System. The BODO is a transport ticketing association of bus companies within rural districts of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria that aims to increase the attractiveness of public transport. Through the system, passengers benefit from lower prices. It also has the positive effect of promoting multimodality.

A total of 10 Bike and Ride stations – so-called KLiMo stations – were established, which are intended to link cycling and public transport. The aim of the "Bike and Ride" is to increase the attractiveness of both modes of transport by expanding the catchment areas of stations and bus stops.

The free App "Mobility Choices" shows alternative connections as well as multimodal paths. It analyses each journey according to the criteria of environment, health, costs and time and automatically recognises the means of transport used. Recording and releasing the anonymous travel data helps us to analyse real traffic flows and improve transport infrastructure in Lindau.


2. What does winning the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award for smaller municipalities mean to the city?

The mobility department has been working to improve mobility in Lindau since 2015. Since 2017, we have been working on the implementation of our SUMP measures.

In 2018, Lindau participated in EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK for the second time and was selected by the European Commission for the second year in a row as one of three finalists in the category for municipalities with less than 50,000 inhabitants.

Lindau is a small municipality with a lot of mobility projects going on; as a result of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK we noticed an increase in awareness of these projects and sustainable mobility more broadly among our citizens. Winning this award will hopefully give us the support to implement all of our ambitious measures and a renewed drive to achieve our climate goals. As a small municipality we are really proud of this achievement. It is not without a reason that Lindau is the first German municipality to win a EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award.


3. What are the benefits of taking part in
EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK for smaller cities?

The most important benefit of participating in EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is raising awareness for sustainable mobility. The week provides us with a great platform to test pilot projects and at the same time works as an awareness-raising measure for sustainable urban mobility in Lindau.

For me as a planner, it is also the perfect opportunity to test some of the measures that are being planned in order to get a better perception of the level of acceptance from citizens.

We have many ambitious measures, such as the implementation of Water-Taxis and the revitalisation of historical plazas. Putting in place these pilot measures during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is really helpful for us to achieve our goals.


4. What advice would you give to smaller cities that are looking to follow in your footsteps and take home the
EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award?

Measures to promote sustainable urban mobility must be well communicated so that they are also accepted by citizens; the promotion of sustainable mobility doesn’t only depend on new infrastructural measures. Communication is the key factor between all stakeholders: politicians, the city administration and the citizens. Sustainable mobility can be achieved through educational, motivational and behavioural communications.

If a city wants to be successful at EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK they first have to concentrate the campaign on the theme of the year. Secondly, they have to involve as many stakeholders as possible. A good communication strategy and marketing campaign for the whole week is also something that the jury pays attentions to.

The main goal for the cities should not be solely wining this award, but rather motivating their citizens to practice sustainable mobility!

An interview with Lisbon, winner of the EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK Award 2018 for larger municipalities

8 April 2019

To view this interview in Portuguese, click here.

Lisbon (Portugal) was revealed as the winner of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2018 for larger municipalities at a ceremony in Brussels (Belgium) on 21 March 2019. We spoke with Miguel Gaspar, Deputy Mayor for Mobility and Safety, about what the win meant to the Portuguese capital.


1. What activities did Lisbon undertake to help it win the
EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award?

EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2018 in Lisbon benefitted from a strong, diverse agenda, focusing, of course, on multimodality and sustainable mobility activities.

Scheduled initiatives included seminars and conferences on sustainable urban mobility, awareness-raising actions related to cycling to school and work, bicycle and scooter rides and a vintage tram parade.

One of the highlights of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK was the Wise Mobility Conference, a debate on Lisbon’s ambition to see its mobility system evolve rapidly towards sustainability, efficiency, accessibility and security. A diverse panel of speakers gave their opinion in front of an audience of 200 participants. Tickets for the event sold out within days.

On the last day of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, part of the Liberdade Avenue (one of the main arteries of the city) was closed to road traffic, hosting a festivity of mobility with leisure activities for the whole family. The festival allowed attendees to try out different vehicles, including pedal vehicles and scooters, and saw activities such as virtual reality games, dance classes, street art and bicycle sprints. It was also possible to ride a suspended bike (Skybike), which could climb up to 14 metres high, providing an excellent view over the surrounding area. The event was attended by around 3,800 people.


2. What has the reaction been among citizens and stakeholders to the city winning the award?

There were countless positive reactions. It was acknowledged by partners, citizens and other stakeholders that the city has improved significantly in the past few years in relation to mobility.

This award provides recognition of the work that has been carried out in favor of better mobility in Lisbon. This international recognition reinforces our determination and our willpower to do more and better every single day.


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

EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is a moment of celebration. It is the highlight of work that has been developed throughout the year. It brings together actors contributing to better mobility in Lisbon and encourages citizens to rethink their mobility choices. It is about providing opportunities to explore the city in more sustainable ways, whether through public transportation, cycling or shared modes.  


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

First of all, the city must have a clear vision of what kind of mobility it wants to implement, and put in place permanent structural measures accordingly.

Mobility relies on people, those who live in the city and those who use it. Involving everyone, including mobility companies and associations, public transport operators and schools, is a key element of successfully shifting to a more sustainable, shared and linked mobility policy.  

Hence, a strong commitment to communication is really important, as well as a diverse agenda addressing various audiences.

EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK workshops see participants play detective

27 March 2019

The 2019 EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK workshops, which ran from 21-22 March, began with a dramatic announcement: the campaign mascot, Edgar, had been kidnapped and it was up to the participants to find his whereabouts.

Temporarily cast as detectives, the workshop attendees were given a number to call to hear a voicemail from the terrified mascot, who informed listeners about the time he was taken and the location he was last at. A series of mobility related clues were presented, with participants tasked with determining which suspect could have been at the scene of the crime at the time of the kidnapping based on their mode of transport.

Eventually the culprit was identified, a code to a locked room was found, and Edgar was retrieved. Bounding into the room, Edgar displayed a wide-smile despite his traumatic morning - perhaps from the relief of freedom.

With the mascot safe and sound – and the ice-breaker “escape room” activity completed – the workshops kicked-off in earnest, with an address from Maja Bakran Marcich, Deputy Director-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission. Professor Shane O'Mara, Professor of Experimental Brain Research at Trinity College Dublin, provided the keynote address, outlining compelling evidence that walking is not only good for physical health, but also important for cognitive performance and mental wellness.

Participants were then split into smaller groups to discuss ways to promote walking and cycling. A study tour was organised to the nearby Boulevard Anspach extension to Brussels’ 50-hectare pedestrian area, the second largest in Europe, leaving everyone impressed with the Belgian capital’s achievements in promoting a more sustainable mobility culture.

The City of Vienna's Petra Jens, one of Europe's few Walking Commissioners, led a networking session on ways to promote walking during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2019. Ms Jens provided invaluable advice and tips on improving the public perception of going by foot in urban areas.

Following the first day of the workshops, participants took part in the sustainable mobility awards ceremony, which saw Lisbon (EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2018 for larger municipalities), Lindau (EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2018 for smaller municipalities), and Greater Manchester (7th SUMP Award) announced as winners (for more information on the awards, click here).

Across the two days, participants were also treated to presentations on EU awards aimed at cities, EU initiatives such as Project EDWARD and the European Week of Sport, and the results of a pilot project that aimed to raise awareness of alternatives to the private car in a number of European cities. Stanley Black and Decker, the winner of the 2018 MOBILITYACTION award, also presented their activities to promote sustainable mobility among their employees.

The second day kicked-off with a quiz, testing the sustainable mobility knowledge of the assembled participants. The quiz provided a humorous way to start the morning, setting a positive tone for the day to come. Breakout sessions on the second day included a seminar on active communication for active mobility, and safety as it relates to walking and cycling. Whilst the workshop activities ran, a side-event was held on the validation of Guidance for EU Cycling Projects.

The workshops concluded with a meeting reserved for National Coordinators, during which plans for the 2019 edition of the campaign were discussed.