Sustainable Mobility Award Finalists

Vienna, Igoumenitsa and Turda take home European sustainable mobility awards

Brussels, Belgium, 21 March 2018 - The European Commission today announced the winners of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2017 and 6th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) at a ceremony in Brussels (Belgium). 

Vienna was named the winner of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2017 for larger municipalities, with Igoumenitsa revealed as the inaugural winner of the newly added category for smaller municipalities. The 6th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) was presented to Turda (Romania). 

Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said:

My congratulations to each of the award winners. Through their actions, these cities are not only creating a more sustainable Europe, but are helping their residents to move around in a cleaner, healthier and more enjoyable way. It is my hope that by selecting these cities, their actions will inspire others to embrace the core message of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK – sustainable mobility is the right choice for everyone.

The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award showcases local authorities that demonstrate significant efforts in promoting sustainable urban mobility, while the SUMP Award recognises outstanding sustainable urban mobility planning. This edition of the SUMP Award focused on shared mobility in the planning process.

Vienna, Igoumenitsa and Turda were selected by an independent panel of mobility and transport experts and will each receive a promotional video highlighting their achievements. 

The awards were presented to the cities by Commissioner Violeta Bulc, responsible for Transport, and Daniel Calleja, Director-General for Environment, at a ceremony in Brussels (Belgium).

Learn more about the winners:

  • Vienna, Austria – winner of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2017 for larger municipalities

The Austrian capital, home to around 1.8 million people, impressed the jury with its outstanding programme of activities during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, which reflected a firm understanding of the theme of the 2017 campaign - Clean, shared, and intelligent mobility. Among other activities, residents of Vienna were able to rent cargo bikes free of charge, take guided walks through different city neighbourhoods, and join an urban picnic on a street previously reserved for vehicles. One initiative saw crowds positioned at busy bicycle intersections, providing cyclists with a round of applause for choosing a sustainable transport method. The city also worked with kindergartens to educate children on sustainable modes of transport.

The other finalists were Granada (Spain) and Prague (Czech Republic).

  • Igoumenitsa, Greece – winner of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2017 for smaller municipalities

The city of Igoumenitsa took home the honour for its exemplary work in communicating the benefits of sustainable mobility to residents, including those who live in nearby small towns. Residents could avail of free transfer by bus at selected times, take part in cycling events held along the city's coastal front, and join a cultural hike through the forest. Seminars on sustainable mobility were held with primary school students, along with a painting exhibition for school children on the benefits of cycling and walking. The city also ran a photo competition on social media, awarding the photographer behind the best sustainable mobility picture with a bicycle.

Lindau (Germany) and Tivat (Montenegro) were also finalists in the new award category. 

  • Turda (Romania) - winner of the 6th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

The Romania city of Turda was presented with the 6th SUMP Award for its clear planning vision, robust financing strategy, and measurable targets. The jury noted the replicability of the strategy and its potential to inspire other similarly-sized cities (Turda has a population of around 50,000 inhabitants). The jury also found that the level of ambition within the plan was high given the relatively small size of the city, particularly in the field of shared mobility.

Greater Manchester (United Kingdom) and Milan (Italy) were fellow finalists for the 6th edition of the SUMP Award.

Background

The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK campaign runs from 16-22 September each year, providing towns and cities with an opportunity to test out sustainable transport alternatives. By encouraging individuals to choose sustainable transport modes such as walking and cycling, we can lower our carbon emissions, improve the quality of our air, and make our urban areas more pleasant places to live and work.

2017 was the most successful edition of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK to date, with over 2,500 towns and cities participating.

For more information on the campaign, visit www.mobilityweek.eu

For images of the award ceremony, contact media@mobilityweek.eu

Media enquiries:

Sean Carroll
Communications Officer
Email: media@mobilityweek.eu
 

EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is the European campaign on sustainable urban mobility, organised with the political and financial support of the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission. Learn more about the campaign: www.mobilityweek.eu