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Happy World Bicycle Day!

3 June 2019

Today, 3 June, is the United Nations’ (UN) World Bicycle Day. It is a day to encourage UN Member States to include bicycle transit in their mobility policies, plans and projects.

Cycling is low emissions, affordable, and can improve riders’ health. Bicycles have even been associated with other benefits, including as a means of accessing education and healthcare, and as fostering social engagement and creativity. A 2018 study even found that European cities could avoid up to 10,000 premature deaths by expanding cycling networks.

In addition, cities that promote walking and cycling over private vehicles have also been found to be more attractive, with less congestion and a higher quality of life.

This EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK puts the spotlight on safe walking and cycling and the ways active mobility can benefit our health, environment, and bank balances. So this September why not #WalkWithUs and experience the benefits for yourself!

For more information about this year's theme, 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

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

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 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 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

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.

Jerome Simpson reflects on his role in the EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK campaign

26 March 2019

In this interview Jerome Simpson, who has been closely involved in running EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK since 2011, discusses highlights and successes over the last eight years, the appeal EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK has for cities, and his vision for the future of sustainable urban transport in Europe.

1. You started working on the campaign in 2011. Can you tell us about your role and what working on the campaign has meant to you? 

My organization, REC, was invited to be part of the team following several successful years serving as part of the CIVITAS Secretariat. The aim was to strengthen the ties between DG MOVE’s CIVITAS Initiative for ‘Cleaner and Better Transport in Cities,’ and EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, which was then overseen by DG Environment. More specifically, we took over responsibility for its national coordinators’ network. Checking my notes from my first year, we had about 19 active coordinators. Today, it is double that number.

Without doubt, that network and the convivial, family spirit that endures means the team has achieved great things in the last few years. And that’s not least thanks to the fact we could bring it together regularly to exchange ideas and experience. The national coordinators could see they are not alone in what they do.

2. What is it about EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK that makes it so appealing to cities in your opinion?

It’s not heavy on the academic or theoretical side. Conversely, it’s a celebration which means city coordinators with a communications background can feel at home in setting up dialogues with local residents on mobility matters, campaigning for healthier, car-free lifestyles, while mobility measures like bike infrastructure bring tangible, visible improvement which is media-friendly. At the same time, people are becoming more aware of the need to change their travel habits thanks to everything from shared bikes and scooters on the streets to mobile apps and journey planners in their pockets. On the other hand, the campaign is an opportunity to demonstrate solidarity across the European Union because the week’s dates are the same in every country.

3. What are your favourite memories from working on the campaign? 

Building up and maintaining a thriving coordinators’ network has been my main task and so that is one. Germany was a real tough nut to crack but perseverance paid off when finally, in 2014, Umweltbundesamt (the German environment agency) agreed to take on the campaign. I’ll never forget sitting in its Berlin office with a pile of CVs in front of us knowing that a coordinator’s appointment was a few weeks off. Now we see participation levels back up to where they were in 2010. I also fondly recall holidaying in Iceland that year, and at the tail end of the trip, dropping in to visit our national coordinator at the environment ministry. A personal touch makes a difference and Bergthora Gudmundsdottir has been a regular at our meetings since then. It’s also been rewarding to see the campaign supported by UNDP in four countries, and to see it take on a more visible position at the CIVITAS Initiative’s annual forum conference. We hosted two great EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK sessions in recent years – a trend I hope will long continue. And of course, I can’t help but mention three consecutive record years in terms of participation.

4. What do you see as the future of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK? What do you see as the future of sustainable urban transport in Europe?

The campaign can look forward to a bright future because there’s still so much to be done. Just look at the kids skipping class world-wide as they campaign for more to be done to cut greenhouse gas emissions. On the other hand, I’ve always felt that we’re barely scratching the surface when it comes to engaging Europe’s towns and smaller municipalities. Austria shows us how it can be done and I was excited to hear Turkey, whose coordinator was appointed last year, commit themselves to better the Austrians!

As for the future of sustainable transport, innovation continues to drive development. Last year we had an Icelandic grocery store chain register as a MOBILITYACTION its use of Israeli-designed drones to deliver orders. Vehicle automation offers the promise of cars that actually respect speed limits. The sharing economy now means city dwellers really don’t need to own a car, while the advent of mobility service providers and transportation network companies means there are an increasing variety of first- and last-mile solutions available at the touch of a button. E-Bikes are taking the sweat out of long-distance or freight-based rides. And there’s much more still to be made of telecommuting.

So while there’s plenty of work ahead, there are myriad solutions on the table. Therefore, I am happy, after REC’s positive contribution to EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, to have the chance to continue in the sector and walk through doorways that the campaign helps to push open.

In March 2019, Jerome Simpson joined MaaS service provider nextbike, a tech-savvy market leader and restless pioneer in shared bicycle mobility, whether dock-based, free-floating or hybrid in nature. Boasting a lifestyle choice in 27 countries in 200 cities worldwide, together with the international business development team, Jerome is responsible for leveraging new European business to government projects. He can be reached via email at:

Lisbon, Lindau and Greater Manchester win European sustainable mobility awards

22 March 2019

The European Commission announced the winners of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards 2018 and the 7th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) at a ceremony in Brussels (Belgium) last night.

Lisbon (Portugal) was revealed as the winner of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2018 for larger municipalities, with Lindau (Germany) taking home the award for smaller municipalities. The 7th SUMP Award was won by Greater Manchester (United Kingdom). The awards were presented to the cities by Commissioner Violeta Bulc, responsible for Transport, and Jürgen Müller, Head of Cabinet for Karmenu Vella, the Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: “I would like to sincerely congratulate the winning cities, all of whom carried out inspiring activities to promote sustainable urban mobility. They are true examples of how local leaders across Europe are combining different modes of transport as a means to make our cities cleaner, safer and more sustainable. This year I am looking forward to seeing more such impressive actions from towns and cities joining the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK campaign as they celebrate under the theme of ‘Walk with us’.”

Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella said: “Europe’s cities face numerous challenges, from poor air quality to climate change. Today’s winners show that the way we move about our city matters, and that bold decisions encouraging sustainable transport can help us tackle major issues like air pollution and climate change. I commend these winners, as I do all cities that are embracing sustainable mobility.”

The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards recognise local authorities judged to have organised the most impressive set of activities between 16-22 September. The awards are given out in two categories: one for municipalities with over 50 000 inhabitants, and one for smaller municipalities below this threshold.

The SUMP Award celebrates local and regional authorities for excellence in sustainable urban mobility planning. The 7th SUMP Award focused on multimodality, which is defined as the use of different modes of passenger or freight transport during the same journey, or for different trips. The winning cities were selected by an independent panel of mobility and transport experts and will now each have a promotional video made, highlighting their achievements. The Spanish city of Palencia was additionally named the winner of the 2018 Social Biking Challenge, a European Commission initiative that aims to encourage cycling as a sustainable and healthy mobility choice.

Learn more about the winners:

Lisbon, Portugal – winner of the 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 bike on board a train for free, giving them a real incentive to try out multimodality. The city also organised museum bike trips, free bicycle repair workshops, and a special prize for people and organisations that promoted the use of bikes. These activities complemented the inauguration of 31 new bike-sharing stations, new and expanded bike lanes, and 800 new bike parking areas. The city also carried out an effective communications campaign, managing to reach both residents and visitors.

The other finalists were Gdynia (Poland) and Palma (Spain).

Lindau, Germany – winner of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2018 for smaller municipalities

The German city of Lindau placed significant emphasis on multimodality, the theme of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2018. To communicate the benefits of ‘mixing and moving’, on-street info points were set up where people could learn about making smarter mobility choices. On Car-Free Day, a free hybrid shuttle bus and water taxi were provided, in addition to residents gaining free access to the newly expanded car-sharing service. Commuters were also pleasantly surprised with a breakfast courtesy of the city when they travelled by bike, foot, bus or train. Lindau recently installed almost 500 new bike racks at train stations and bus stops, making it easier to cycle to and from public transport. The city has also launched a new multimodal mobility app that enables users to plan a route using different transport modes.

Karditsa (Greece) and Oliveira do Bairro (Portugal) were the runners up.

Greater Manchester, United Kingdom - winner of the 7th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

Greater Manchester has set ambitious multimodality goals, which it intends to reach using a wide-range of integrated and combined mobility options. The jury was particularly impressed by Greater Manchester’s use of smart, new technologies to increase the share of journeys made using sustainable modes of transport. As part of its mobility planning approach, Manchester considers each part of the city individually, according to its size, location and function. Measures are then adapted to the needs of the area.

Basel (Switzerland) and Dresden (Germany) were fellow finalists for the 7th edition of the SUMP Award.