New EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK Communication Toolkit now available
23 March 2016
The updated Communication Toolkit and Visual Guidelines for EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2016 are now available online. The Toolkit provides the components to create materials to promote EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK activities, while the Visual Guidelines lay out the rules for doing so.
Materials available include templates for official EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK posters, social media banners, and powerpoint presentations. Relevant fonts, logos, and illustrations are also included. Groups of files for specific products can be downloaded individually, or the whole toolkit can be downloaded at once.
Many of the graphical elements, such as those featuring Edgar – the campaign’s mascot – using different forms of transport, can be used to illustrate the campaign and this year's theme. This year EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is promoting the idea that stable and growing economies can be supported through a transition to sustainable transport and active modes such as walking and cycling.
Finalists for European sustainable urban mobility awards announced
15 March 2016
The European Commission has announced the names of the finalists for the 2015 EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK and SUMP Awards. The awards will be presented to the winners at a ceremony on 20 April 2016 in Brussels (Belgium) with Commissioner Violeta Bulc, responsible for Transport, and Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for the Environment, in attendance.
The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award honours the local authorities who promote sustainable urban mobility exceptionally well and successfully focus on a shift towards more sustainable means of transport. The finalist cities were recognised as having performed exceptionally well in promoting multimodality, in line with last year’s theme ‘Choose. Change. Combine.' Long-term measures undertaken in the cities were also taken into account. This year’s edition received 53 applications from 19 countries. A shortlist of ten cities was made, with the final three finalists being Lisbon (Portugal), Murcia (Spain), and Palma de Mallorca (Spain).
The award for sustainable urban mobility planning aims to promote the adoption of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) across Europe, and to distinguish the mobility planning champions in line with the annual award theme. This year's edition focuses on multimodality and intermodality in sustainable urban mobility planning, which refers to the combination of various transport modes within one trip or separate trips. The three finalists are Malmö (Sweden), Utrecht (The Netherlands), and Vienna (Austria).
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Bremen to host sustainable urban mobility events in April
10 March 2016
The northern German city of Bremen is the host for this year’s edition of the European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans. The conference will focus on planning for efficiency, with parallel sessions organised according to four different themes: the overall picture for sustainable urban mobility planning, anticipating future challenges, integrating mobility with other policy areas, and new planning methods and tools.
As the winner of the 2014 SUMP Award, Bremen is making great strides in sustainable mobility. A range of study tours are on offer, showcasing Bremen’s transport improvements such as its car-sharing system and how more sustainable mobility is supporting urban redevelopment. There are also a number of smaller events taking place around the conference, including a CIVITAS training on shared and inclusive mobility, and the launch of the European Urban Transport Roadmaps tool to support better urban mobility planning.
The final event for the EU-funded SWITCH project will also be held in Bremen, taking place the day after the SUMP conference ends. The project worked on promoting travel by active modes such as walking and cycling, and encouraged city residents to do so through personalised travel advice and information technology. Results from the project’s partner cities will also be presented. Among the partner cities are Antwerp (Belgium), Donostia-San Sebastián (Spain), Gdansk (Poland), London (United Kingdom), and Vienna (Austria).
For more information about all the events, visit eltis.org
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EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2016 theme links economics and mobility
7 March 2016
The theme for the 2016 edition of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK will be 'Smart and sustainable mobility - an investment for Europe', referring to the close ties between transport and economics. Under the call to action “Smart Mobility. Strong Economy”, this year’s theme points out that smart planning and use of transport will save cities and residents money and support local economic growth.
A greater shift to alternative mobility modes will help to relieve the negative impacts of personal vehicles, and therefore reduce the costs of these problems. Public funds can be spent on improving transport rather than solving problems caused by it, and the benefits of cleaner and safer mobility can support and grow jobs in cities and neighbourhoods.
It is not only public authorities that benefit - private companies whose employees commute by active modes take less sick days due to improved health, and are often more productive at work. Recent research has also shown that trading in local shops increases as it becomes safer and more attractive for shoppers to walk and cycle. Moreover, sustainable mobility also has an impact on personal finances - such as money saved that would otherwise be spent on fuel.