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Increased participation leads to new EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK record

14 October 2019

EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK has hit a new participation record, with over 3,100 towns and cities from 50 countries taking part in 2019. This impressive figure marks the fourth record-breaking year in a row for the campaign. A full list of participants can be viewed here.

Car-free day, in which towns and cities close one or more streets to traffic, was carried out by 1,375 participants and in total, 15,610 permanent measures were implemented by the 2019 participating towns and cities.

Car-free day often leads to a marked increase in air quality in the area in which it is implemented and is the perfect opportunity for local authorities to measure the impact of motorised vehicles on the air we breathe.

A recent study on Brussels’ car-free day found an 80 percent decrease in nitrogen dioxide and diesel soot, the main pollutants linked to car traffic, during the period in which cars were off the roads in the Belgian capital.

Towns and cities who carried out all three of the participation criteria (carry out a week of activities celebrating clean forms of mobility, implement at least one permanent measure that encourages sustainable transport, and hold a car-free day) and signed the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Charter, are eligible to apply for the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards

The Awards, which recognise local authorities judged to have done the most to raise awareness of sustainable mobility during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, are given out in two categories: one for municipalities larger than 50,000 inhabitants, and one for smaller municipalities under this threshold. The deadline for applying is 25 October 2019.

For more information about the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards and how to apply, click here.

Second edition of EU SUMP guidelines launched at CIVITAS Forum 2019

5 October 2019

An all-important update to the first edition from 2013, the document was launched at the CIVITAS Forum 2019 in Graz (Austria).

A milestone release for Europe’s transport community, the guidelines make it easier for city planners and policy makers to integrate mobility into their visions for dynamic, modern, and liveable cities.

Much has changed in the six years since the first guidelines came into the world, including new business models, the onset of driverless technologies, and the further rise of digitalisation and automation.

Mobility habits and awareness are also different – with a shift from owning to sharing, increased active mobility, and a greater understanding of the relationship between public health and transport.

The new SUMP Guidelines reflect these diverse developments and provide the perfect reference and basis for cities to take their ambitions and planning a step further.

With over 300 contributors and case studies from 60 cities, the document reflects the immense European knowledge in the field.

A special Editorial Board steered the bottom-up, co-creative authorial process that included leading mobility academics, the European Commission’s DG MOVE, DG REGIO and INEA, CIVITAS SUMP projects and Eltis. SUMPs-Up coordinated the vast undertaking.

The members of the CIVITAS Political Advisory Committee (PAC) and CIVITAS Forum network also welcomed the release of the Guidelines with an endorsement of the document. This was signed by numerous local politicians from across the EU.

For more information and to download the full Guidelines, click here.