EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK AWARD

The finalists for the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2023 are:

Amadora (Portugal) for partnering with fellow local and regional authorities, including the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon, with brands like IKEA and Decathlon, and with Europe-wide campaigns, such as Kidical Mass, to promote walking, cycling and public transport. Activities and the launch of permanent measures (such as the creation of an inter-city cycle network) were broadcast on local television and radio stations, in addition to being widely shared on social media platforms.

Budapest (Hungary) for an ambitious car-free weekend (16 – 17 September), counting 10,000 participants and featuring activities for children and adults, and a Car-Free Day (22 September) during which the Mayor of Budapest revealed plans for the construction of a new, pedestrian-friendly car-free zone on the Danube embankment. Events on how to 'Save Energy' in the transport sector were also held, alongside close cooperation with the City of Vienna (Austria) to promote best practices in walking and cycling policies.

Innsbruck (Austria) for tackling the 2023 theme 'Save Energy' from all angles. The city promoted energy savings by allowing public transport subscription holders to travel with up to three friends, by hosting an event on the practical aspects of e-mobility, and by offering free rental of city bikes on World Car-Free Day. Innsbruck also focused on shifting space from cars to people by opening parking spaces for pedestrian use in a central square; the action was so popular that it was extended for several weeks.

The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK award recognises local authorities that have excelled in raising awareness about sustainable mobility from 16 - 22 September. Applicants are assessed on activities organised during the main event week, permanent transport measures implemented that year, and a ‘Car-Free Day.’

Previous Winners

Chernihiv, Kamianets-Podilskiy, Lviv, Poltava and Uzhhorod (Ukraine)
Special Mention, EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2022

Alongside the winner of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK award 2022, the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK award jury bestowed a special mention on the five Ukrainian cities that participated in the 2022 campaign. In spite of Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine, Chernihiv, Kamianets-Podilskiy, Lviv, Poltava and Uzhhorod organised sustainable mobility awareness raising activities during the week of 16 – 22 September. Activities included a cycling race to bring humanitarian aid to a local village, opening city streets to pedestrians for a ‘Car-Free Day’ and workshops on tactical urbanism.

Braga (Portugal)
Winner, EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2022

Braga impressed the jury with its commitment to raise awareness on sustainable mobility with many stakeholders, including universities, local businesses and residents. During the campaign’s main event week, from 16 - 22 September, the Portuguese city worked with over one hundred companies to open streets for pedestrian use and construct interactive green spaces. A “Mobility Safari” involving 30 companies was also held to illustrate the importance of decarbonisation and the impact of sustainable mobility in advancing this goal. Active mobility activities for all ages - such as gymnastics and cycling - were organised to spread awareness on the benefits of sustainable mobility. The city also launched the first phase of implementation for its bike-share service.

Finalists:

Sofia (Bulgaria)

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Zagreb (Croatia)

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Kassel (Germany)
Winner, EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2021 for larger municipalities

The German city of Kassel impressed the jury with its creative set of activities that united local and regional transport partners to encourage behavioural change in both children and adults. From a treasure hunt for the campaign’s mascot across the city to the organisation of accessible walking and cycling tours, Kassel put its best foot forward for sustainable urban mobility during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2021. The city also implemented an array of permanent measures, including road safety signs near schools and the renovation of two busy streets to promote cycling.

 

Finalists:

Amadora (Portugal)

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Lüleburgaz (Turkey)

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Valongo (Portugal)
Winner, EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2021 for smaller municipalities

During EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2021, Valongo prepared numerous innovative sustainable mobility actions and activities that focused on involving local people and organisations, especially schools. Their outstanding participation rate reflected the success of their plans, with people taking part in surveys, fitness classes, as well as a comic mobile theatrical performance of ‘Eco Cops’ performed from a pedal-powered eco-car in the city centre. Valongo also captured the jury’s attention with its permanent infrastructure for an extensive variety of transport modes - including initiatives centred on walking, cycling, public transport, road safety, accessibility and cleaner vehicles - that were designed using a holistic, long-term approach.

 

Finalists:

Alimos (Greece)

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Miajadas (Spain)

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Mönchengladbach (Germany)
Winner, EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2020 for larger municipalities

 

The German city of Mönchengladbach impressed the jury with its broad programme of activities and events for people of all ages and abilities. During EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2020, the city organised a number of information and awareness-raising initiatives on sustainable mobility, including public participation meetings where local residents could ask questions and voice their opinions. The city also took a creative approach to promoting sustainable mobility, through organising colouring competitions for children, poetry recitals on urban car parking, and by turning 50 car parking spaces into areas where people could read, play mini golf, or park their bicycles. The jury was also impressed by the strong citizen engagement and number of partnerships that underpinned the activities.


Finalists:

Granada (Spain)

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Sofia (Bulgaria)

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Lilienthal, Germany
Winner, EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2020 for smaller municipalities

 

During EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2020, Lilienthal organised a broad array of initiatives on the theme of ‘zero-emission mobility for all’. Activities included walking and bicycle trips, information sessions with senior citizens, a rubbish collection event and an exhibition on the history of city transport. In total more than 2,000 local residents participated in related activities. In addition, Lilienthal worked together with the City of Bremen (Germany) to organise a Car-Free School Day with the participation of 55 schools and over 60,000 students. The jury was particularly impressed with the strong support shown by the local government, with local politicians opting to leave their cars at home and travel to work by public transport.

Finalists:

Bruck an der Leitha (Austria)

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Nea Moudania (Greece)

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Kruševac (Serbia)
Winner, EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2019 for larger municipalities

 

 The Serbian city of Kruševac impressed the jury with its wide range of activities, underpinned by strong citizen participation and political support from the local government. Even the mayor was ‘walking the walk’, coming to work by foot to help spread this year’s mobility message. During EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2019, the city streets enjoyed a new burst of life without cars, not only in the centre – which was taken over by pedestrians – but also in the suburbs, where people organised a variety of activities. The face of the city was also transformed, with the installation of new cycle paths, walkways, public squares, urban parks, benches and even swings.


Finalists:

Rethymno (Greece)

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Wrocław (Poland)

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Karditsa, Greece
Winner, EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2019 for smaller municipalities

 

 Karditsa impressed the jury with its use of promotional materials and partnerships to support sustainable mobility. During EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2019, the city partnered with dozens of organisations including schools, music academies, government departments, police, fire brigade, civil society organisations and businesses, all of which were invited to participate in a festive week of mobility celebrations. Other initiatives included financial benefits for companies introducing sustainable mobility measures and days off work for employees who commuted by bicycle or on foot – to show that safe walking and cycling are appealing for reasons beyond health and wellbeing.

Finalists:

Alfândega da Fé (Portugal)

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Paide (Estonia)

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Lisbon, Portugal

Winner, EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2018 for larger municipalities

The Portuguese capital, home to over half a million people, impressed the jury with its strong vision for a more sustainable mobility culture. During EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2018, residents could take their bicycle on board a train for free, giving them a real incentive to try out multimodality. The city also organised museum bicycle trips, free bicycle repair workshops, and a special prize for people and organisations that promoted the use of bicycles. These activities complemented the inauguration of 31 new bicycle-sharing stations, new and expanded bicycle lanes, and 800 new bicycle parking areas. The city also carried out an effective communications campaign, managing to reach both residents and visitors.


Finalists:

Gdynia (Poland)

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Palma (Spain)

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