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Participation Report analyses EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2019

13 December 2019

The 2019 EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Participation Report has been released, providing a statistical overview of the year’s campaign. The report identifies participation rates in each country, allowing the reader to see participation trends over the past decade. The report concludes with an analysis of the statistics provided, contextualising the data and offering advice to ensure the campaign continues to succeed.

With 3,135 towns and cities participating from 50 countries, 2019 proved to be the most successful edition of the campaign yet. As in previous years, Austria, Spain and Hungary were among the top three countries in terms of participation. The top spot went to Spain this year, registering an additional 89 cities in comparison to last year. The second and third spots went to Austria and Hungary respectively.

Besides these three, there were some remarkable showings from elsewhere, with Russia doubling its participation figures from 132 in 2018 to 264 in 2019. There were also marked improvements in participation levels over last year in several countries, including Poland (+42), Turkey (+38), Germany (+27), Greece (+24), Portugal (+13), Belarus (+12), the United Kingdom (+9), and Sweden (+9).

Overall, 17 countries broke previous records, a figure that includes two newcomers to the campaign, and 22 countries improved upon or equalled last year’s participation figures.

In addition, this year’s campaign saw an increase in the number of towns and cities organising Car-Free day activities, with 1,374 events organised, and increases in the number of permanent mobility measures, with 15,613 permanent measures being implemented - a huge increase of 6,765 from last year and the highest since we began monitoring seven years ago.

Campaign highlights from across the world are displayed on pg.34 of the report, giving the reader a selection of good examples to draw on.

To view the report, click here.

Help us choose the most impressive MOBILITY ACTION

9 December 2019

This year, we received a record 1,028 MOBILITYACTIONs from businesses, schools, NGOs and other organisations across Europe. Five of those have been nominated for the title of Best MOBILITYACTION 2019, and now we need your help to choose our winner!

Every morning this week at 10.00AM CET, we will profile a nominee through our social media accounts – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

To win the competition, the nominee needs to get the highest number of points overall.

How to win points?
Each day we will promote one nominee through our social media accounts. The post will be online from 10.00 AM CET and voting stops the following day at 10.00 AM CET. Every like, retweet/share, and comment generated during this 24-hour period will count as one point. These points will account for 50 percent of the overall vote.

From 16 December-20 December, we will launch Facebook and Twitter polls, where followers will be invited to vote for their favourite entry. This will account for the remaining 50 percent of the vote. Polls will close on 20 December at 12.00 PM CET.

The points from the social media posts and the polls will be then added together and the nominee who secures the highest number of points overall will be declared the winner!

The winning MOBILITYACTION will be invited to join us in March 2019 for our sustainable mobility workshops.

Now for the nominees…

Literary Competition on the Theme "Walk to the end of the city" (Bulgaria)
The Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Water in Plovdiv organised a literary competition under the theme "Walk to the end of the city." Participants of all ages with an interest in literature and the environment were invited to participate, submitting a piece of literature that focused on the theme. Submissions focused on walking, highlighting the health, environmental, social and emotional benefits associated with it, were particularly sought out.

Organiser: Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Water - Plovdiv

Mobility café: Biciculture Friday (Portugal)
On 20 September 2019, the Parish Council of Olivais hosted the event “Biciculture Friday” at its Culture House. During the event, the Parish launched their "Cycling to work" guide and held a debate on EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK’s theme "Safe walking and cycling." At the end of the day, there was a night bike ride around the parish with the participants.

Organiser: Junta de Freguesia de Olivais

European Mobility Week: Going for Zero Traffic Victims (The Netherlands)
The mobility department of the Province of Zuid-Holland organised a road safety awareness week under the title of ‘Going for zero traffic victims’. During the week, a number of awareness raising events and activities were organised, including: courses on cycling safety and the safe use of e-bikes, a campaign encouraging children to walk to school, and several workshops on the importance of road safety.

Organiser: ROV-ZH


Parklet2go - Pedal-powered placemaking (Austria)

PARKLET 2 GO is an urbanistic tool for testing, evaluating and discussing the transformation of specific (parking) spaces in an effective and informal way. PARKLET 2 GO is used for the temporary installation in parking lots and public spaces in general. The aim of PARKLET 2 GO is to carry out various spatial experiments and activating interventions in public space.

Organiser: Smarter Than Car


A human chain to demand a optimal pedestrian crosswalk (Spain)

Volunteers from NGO Andando Burgos highlighted the need for a new, direct and shorter crosswalk at one of the main access points to the pedestrian zone in the city center, as a symbol of a new approach to the design of our crosswalks and streets. Thinking about pedestrians' needs, they did this by forming human chains on either side of the location of the new potential crosswalk.

Organiser: Andando Burgos

EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2019 sees increase in participation in the Western Balkans

2 December 2019

The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK campaign enjoyed continued success this year, with participation rates in regions including the Western Balkans increasing. In 2018, a total of 58 towns and cities from the region participated in the campaign; this year that number increased to 75.

In addition, in 2018, 14 MOBILITYACTIONs from the Western Balkans were registered during the campaign. This year the figure more than doubled, with 33 actions registered.

A recent article produced by Balkan Green Energy News profiles this success and outlines some of the activities that took place as part of the week. For example, in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), the Minister of Transport of the Canton Sarajevo, Adnan Šteta, presented a road safety project in schools. In Priština (Kosovo) a walking campaign was organised, while in Skopje (Republic of North Macedonia), a cycling parade, a velo picnic, and several workshops on the use of electric vehicles were organised. And, Tirana (Albania) hosted a bike show, and launched a new public transport map, which details bicycle lanes, as well as street codes and rules in the city.

One of the activities held during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK was an online conference for Mayors from the region, which allowed them to share their urban mobility experiences and challenges.

Among the Mayors participating in the event was Milan Trivić, Deputy Mayor of Sarajevo, who said: “The City of Sarajevo wants to use EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK as an incentive to speed up achieving the goals that will, as soon as possible, define our city as a Smart City. The city is grateful to the individuals, enthusiasts and organisations who were the first to join in and initiate this campaign.”

To learn more about all the towns and cities who participated in EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK and the activities they organised, click here.