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Workshop finds young people need to be meaningfully engaged in sustainable urban mobility initiatives

6 August 2021

On July 29, young people (aged 16 to 24) and policy-makers met online to discuss the importance and need to collaborate in mobility policy-making processes.

The online workshop, which was organised as part of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, and moderated by ICLEI Europe, kicked off with a presentation by Rut Einarsdóttir of the Icelandic National Youth Council. She highlighted that while many cities may invite young people to share their opinions, this does not necessarily mean policy-makers actually listen. Cities must move away from involving younger representatives of the community as tokens and photo accessories, and adopt instead a meaningful youth engagement policy where young people’s voices are both heard and listened to. Young people are a big and growing proportion of our societies, and studies have shown that involving them in the decision-making process benefits, in fact, everyone.

Recognising the need for cities and policies to reflect the needs of all residents, Sara Borei spoke about Young Friends of the Earth Europe’s mission to collect the mobility visions of young people across Europe by way of the SystemReset project. These visions form the basis of a proposal for the European Green Deal. The project involved over 3,000 young representatives, at least 500 of whom were underrepresented. The collected visions called for fewer cars, especially in city centres, more space for cycling and pedestrians, and the prioritisation of more sustainable modes of transport over more polluting ones - alongside further mobility education.

Young people have less disposable income, have lower access to a car, and are more reliant on public transport – yet our transport system is set up around the car. Dr. Sarah Collings of University of the West of England reaffirmed the link between transport and young people’s ability to thrive, specifically pointing out the toll that inadequate transport can play when it comes to physical and mental health, personal, and professional development. Including the voices of youth and young people in urban mobility planning decisions will help address widening health inequalities, while allowing young people to thrive. Moreover, some of the same solutions that improve inclusion are in line with wider environmental policy priorities.

The workshop discussions were enriched by the contributions of a diverse array of participants. A representative of a regional authority in Ireland brought to light the steps the organisation was taking to ensure that young people were considered in planning, including an event in which only they were invited as speakers. When posed with the question as to how to engage young people, audience members were quick to respond with suggestions: adjust traditional engagement methods to include online and gamification approaches, ensure accessibility by including multiple language options, and show them results that prove to them that their voices matter. These are important aspects for local authorities to keep in mind when organising sustainable urban mobility campaigns, including EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK.

For more information, to read the recommendations and to view the workshop recording, click here.

European Commission aims to reduce transport-related greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2050

19 July 2021

Last week, the European Commission proposed more ambitious targets that, if acheived, will put the EU's climate, energy, transport and taxation policies on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

Achieving these emission reductions in the next decade is crucial to Europe becoming the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and making the European Green Deal a reality.

Recognising that transport emissions represent 25% of the EU's total greenhouse gas emissions, the Commission has set the goal of reaching a 90% reduction in transport-related greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Such a goal will require significant changes across the transport sector.

Focusing specifically on vans and cars, the Commission has proposed the following:

  • 55% reduction of emissions from cars by 2030
  • 50% reduction of emissions from vans by 2030
  • 0 emissions from new cars by 2035

The growth of the market for zero- and low- emissions vehicles is also promoted. In particular, the Commission seeks to ensure that citizens have the infrastructure they need to charge these vehicles.

In addition, from 2026, road transport will be covered by emissions trading, putting a price on pollution, stimulating cleaner fuel use, and re-investing in clean technologies.

For more information, click here.

Youth on the Move: Engaging young people in mobility planning and campaigns

12 July 2021

Join us 29 July, 11:00-12:30 (CEST) for our “Youth on the Move: Engaging young people in mobility planning and campaigns” workshop, where we will explore how youth and young adults have been involved in urban sustainable mobility planning to date, and how they can be more and better involved in the future.

The workshop will bring together youth and young adults, aged 16-24, and city staff, providing them with an opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge regarding the needs of young people and opportunities for their involvement in urban sustainable mobility planning.

In addition, youth and young adults in attendance will have an opportunity to share their views and perspectives on how EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is planned and organised in their respective cities.

In order to guarantee a lively discussion, the workshop will be limited to 30 participants.

Apply now for your chance to join us.

New Urban Mobility Initiative – Open Public Consultation

6 July 2021

To help the EU build on its 2013 Urban Mobility Package and meet its 2050 climate target, the new Urban Mobility Initiative will propose measures to encourage EU countries to develop urban transport systems that are safe, accessible, inclusive, affordable, smart, resilient, and emission-free.

The initiative will also address transport pollution and congestion, and draw lessons from COVID-19’s effect on public transport to help with the transition to a climate-neutral economy and emission-free transport at local level.

The European Commission is inviting the general public and stakeholders to express their opinion on this new initiative. The Open Public Consultation launched yesterday and closes 23 September 2021.

For more information and to share your views, click here.

An interview with Bilbao, winner of the first EU Urban Road Safety Award

25 June 2021

Alfonso Gil, Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Mobility and Sustainability, City of Bilbao, discusses what winning the EU Urban Road Safety Award means to the city.

What does winning the EU Urban Road Safety Award mean to the city of Bilbao?
Winning the award means a lot to us. It represents the collective effort of all of the residents of Bilbao who saw that change was needed. These were people who recognise that a cleaner city is one that is better to inhabit, so made efforts to improve pollution and noise locally. Now they see that their efforts have been rewarded by the European Commission. We are not alone in Bilbao in recognising that change is needed. Indeed, both Europe and the towns and cities that comprise it also have an appetite for change.

What has the reaction been among citizens and stakeholders to winning the award?
Everyone in Bilbao is very proud of this accolade. It is true to say that the citizens of Bilbao feel the prize as theirs, because individually and collectively they have made an effort to change. It is very important that the local community understand that these awards contribute greatly to their quality of life and above all to the improvement of their health. When commuters are not exposed to car fumes and noise, they live longer. A citizen who walks lives longer, a citizen who cycles lives longer. Therefore, let’s use sustainable and healthy modes of mobility to help reduce the strain on health services.

The city of Bilbao is a frontrunner when it comes to lowering speed limits in urban areas to 30km/h. What benefits have you seen from this policy? And what advice would you give to cities that are interested in doing the same?
Several studies illustrate that noise pollution caused by traffic has a negative impact on the health and well-being of city dwellers, leading to increases in the likelihood of developing heart disease, and illnesses such as Alzheimer’s. The negative health implications associated with air pollution caused by road traffic have also been well documented. Therefore, reducing speed limits in urban areas not only leads to fewer road traffic victims, but also results in a host of different health benefits.

If I were to offer advice to cities interested in reducing speed limits in their urban areas, I would say – be brave! Your reward will be local residents that live longer and healthier lives.

What advice would you give to cities that are looking to follow in your footsteps and win the EU Urban Road Safety Award?
If cities work hard to improve urban road safety then they will be able to compete for awards such as this. A city with zero road traffic victims is a city with less noise, and fumes, and one where its inhabitants live longer, and healthier lives.


If you are interested in applying for this year's edition of the EU Urban Road Safety Award, click here.

An interview with Lilienthal, winner of the EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK Award 2020 for smaller municipalities

25 June 2021

Dr. Mara Jekosch, and Ingo Wendelken, Initiative Mobilität, Lilienthal (Germany), discuss the city's recent EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award for smaller municipalities victory.


What is Lilienthal's sustainable mobility vision for the coming years? And how does participating in EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK support it?

According to Kristian Tangermann, Mayor of Lilienthal "future mobility projects will focus on infrastructure for pedestrians and cycling. We need to improve road allocation to increase road safety."

Local residents are calling for mobility issues to be resolved. The further implementation of mobility measures will reduce traffic congestion, noise and environment pollution, and in turn will increase quality of life. However, the most effective way of reducing road traffic accidents and increasing road safety is through raising awareness among all stakeholders. Driving respectfully and considering others will remain key.

Participating in EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, which was coordinated by Initiative Mobilität – a voluntary organisation in the city – had a great impact on sustainable mobility in the city. In particular, more attention was paid to the topic, which in turn led to local politicians approving investment for a walking and cycling project.

We are now no longer just building a network and cooperating with other cities and organisations around the week of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, but instead are doing this throughout the entire year. It is through working with other relevant partners that we are able to reach our common goal.


How did the COVID-19 pandemic impact upon your city's participation in EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK?

Of course, we had to rethink our initial plans, but then decided to focus on groups of individuals who were allowed to meet under COVID restrictions. Namely, school students, sports teams, dancing groups, etc.

The activity "streets belong to everyone" was a huge success, as it could be organised while reserving social distancing rules – families were encouraged to use their front gardens to eat, chat, paint the streets, while pedestrians could interact with them. Cars were encouraged to drive slowly through the streets during the event.

Encouraging students from schools in Bremen and Osterholz – a local district nearby – to participate in the car free school day was also possible under COVID restrictions.

COVID did however impact on some of our activities. For example, the annual Car Free Day needed to be postponed. But it did not stop us from participating in the campaign, and as you can see, Lilienthal is already registered to participate again in this year’s campaign.


What has the reaction been among citizens and stakeholders to the city winning the award?
We were congratulated by many citizens and stakeholders. Children reading the local news recognised the role they played in the campaign, as did sponsors who were proud to see what their support achieved. The announcement appeared in the local newspaper and was shared widely through social media.

Some were critical of our award win, saying things such as: "why does Lilienthal deserve a mobility prize?" – most likely because of the existing infrastructural issues we need to address.

Yes, it is true to say that we still face mobility issues, but that is the reason why Initiative Mobilität campaigns for the introduction of sustainable mobility measures, and coordinates Lilienthal’s participation in EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK. Through raising awareness of the fact that everyone has a role to play in achieving sustainable change, we are able to kick-start discussions, and encourage more and more people to get involved in the topic.

Our initiative is less than 2 years old, but even with little money, so much can be achieved once you work with committed people, associations, companies, etc. Our victory shows that we are on the right track and it is just the beginning.


What does winning the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award mean to the city?
Winning the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK award is a great success for Lilienthal, which brings European recognition of our engagement in sustainably mobility. Of course, we need to make further infrastructural improvements. Change is linked to people, and it is through engaging everyone that we can build a healthier future. With this award, politicians in Lilienthal might be convinced to include a permanent annual budget to fund mobility programmes.

We will treat the award as a "Travelling award". The award will move around the city, from one organisation to another, allowing all stakeholders the chance to display the award. We won this award thanks to the actions, ideas, and motivation of everyone in Lilienthal, and this award belongs to us all.


What advice would you give to cities that are looking to take home the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award?
Invest in a good camera and promote your work through posting short videos on social media.

Think broadly when approaching the topic of sustainable mobility. Some activities might not seem directly related at first, but through linking these to the topic, you are able to open up a discussion and exchange around it, which may result in surprising and fruitful conversations.

Invite everyone in the city to participate and suggest activities. Inspire them through successful examples, but give them enough room to be creative.

Work with non-profit organisations in the city to help communicate and disseminate your work.

As opposed to banning or discouraging particular mobility behaviour, focus the narrative and messaging on being inclusive. For example, by saying, "streets belong to everyone". When the focus is on restricting mobility behaviour, it can lead to fewer people wanting to engage in the topic. And this is the opposite of what we want, as based on our experience, including everyone is key to making change happen.

Participating in the campaign as a community, motivates everyone in the community to get involved. People want to be part of broader movement and want to engage in a meaningful and important cause.

Last but not least, have fun!

To learn more about Lilienthal's sustainable mobility work, take a look at their winning video.

An interview with Mönchengladbach, winner of the EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK Award 2020 for larger municipalities

23 June 2021

Dr. Gregor Bonin, Head of Department of Planning, Building, Mobility, and Environment at the City of Mönchengladbach (Germany), discusses the city's recent EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award for larger municipalities victory.


What is Mönchengladbach's sustainable mobility vision for the coming years? And how does participating in
EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK support it?

Clearly, Mönchengladbach is not yet famous for sustainable mobility. However, we believe that a city can only provide its residents with a high quality of life when it provides a good mix of different mobility options. Therefore, sustainable mobility is vital.

At the moment, private transport is still dominating Mönchengladbach’s modal split, and an old car friendly infrastructure is still dominating the city. But we are making incremental changes to improve this:

  • We have built a great network and fostered great collaboration around sustainable mobility;
  • We are highly motivated;
  • We have developed concepts for sustainable mobility to achieve our goals, and political decisions were taken to support these aims; and
  • We are improving mobility infrastructure by implementing various measures.

Through a number of varied measures, we are seeking to improve our traffic system for everyone, including children, the elderly, and people with limited mobility:

  • We expanded our public transport network;
  • We offer smart sharing options (such as bike- and carsharing);
  • We extended our cycle paths and related infrastructure, such as cycle signposting; and
  • We have opened up more space to pedestrians, because a city should not be dominated by traffic, but instead should allow enough space for residents to walk, play, socialise, and enjoy life.

However, behavioural change does not only necessitate improving infrastructure, we also need to raise awareness and communicate our work. It is for this reason, we participate in the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK campaign.


How did the COVID-19 pandemic impact your city's participation in
EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK?

At first it seemed as though it would be impossible to organise the campaign. But we accepted the challenge, and organised a lot of decentralised events, such as Parking Week. During the week of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, we turned car parking spaces across the city into areas where people could read, play mini golf, or park their bicycles. Through our RAUMWUNDER (space miracle) platform, we used a cargo bicycle to travel around the city, moving from one car parking space to another each day. At each stop we would transform the parking space into a place where local residents could come to meet, relax, or socialise. Through the initiative we were able to highlight the alternative uses of these spaces.

At the end of each day, we published a short video highlighting the activities organised that day, and shared it through Facebook. We also had live broadcasts from two of our sites. In total, all of the videos produced have been viewed 8700 times collectively.

In order to carry out Car Free Day, we introduced additional health and safety measures. Wearing face masks and social distancing had already been normal practices of everyday life, and these were also followed on the day. Additionally, we implemented a one-way system. Despite the pandemic, all our events were well attended and the health and safety measures were followed.


What has the reaction been among citizens and stakeholders to the city winning the award?

Of course, we know that there is still much more work to do on our path toward more sustainable mobility in our city. However, we are proud that our engagement and commitment has been recognised, and we are proud to win this award. It illustrates that we, and all our supporters, have done a great job so far and that we have already improved a lot.

Winning the award is also a boost to our self-confidence and that of our great network. We are excited to take the next steps to make mobility in Mönchengladbach more sustainable and accessible for all, and we are looking forward to participating again in this year’s campaign.

Winning the award also illustrates our commitment to sustainable mobility, and helps win over some of those who are sceptical of this work.


What advice would you give to cities that are looking to take home the
EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award?

Hang in there! – In 2016, we participated in EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, organising only a small campaign, with just three or four actions, led by a network of three people. At the time, we were asked if participating in the campaign was not just a waste of time, but we stuck with it and are steadfast in our belief that the campaign is an awesome event with great, creative actions.

Since 2016, the network, and with that, publicity has grown. We have recruited a lot of partners, sponsors, and support from local residents.

Each year, we also try a new action or activity, like organising our first Car Free Day, implementing the Parking Day, and later developing it into the Parking Week. Examples of some of the activities we organised over the years include: airing radio announcements, organising social media events, live streaming our activities to reach more people, and working with different target groups. As a team we have always stayed positive and have motivated one another to keep on campaigning for sustainable mobility.

To learn more about Mönchengladbach's sustainable mobility work, take a look at their winning video.

10th SUMP Award now accepting applications

15 June 2021

Each year, the European Commission presents the European Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP Award) to a planning authority that demonstrates excellence in the field. The award encourages the adoption of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) by local authorities across Europe, and rewards outstanding planning achievements under each year’s thematic priority area. 

Applications for this year's edition of the award are now open, with this year marking a special year for the award, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary.

The theme of this year’s edition is “Safe and Healthy with Sustainable Mobility”. The topical focus is based on this year's EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK theme, which pays tribute to the hardships felt by Europe – and the world – throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It also reflects on the opportunities for change resulting from this unprecedented health crisis in Europe. To learn more about the theme, read the Thematic Guidelines.

The SUMP Award is presented together with the EU Urban Road Safety, and EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK awards, and honours local authorities that have developed a SUMP that satisfies the diverse transport needs of people and businesses, whilst improving quality of life.

Applications will be accepted from European local and regional public authorities that have legal competence in developing and implementing a SUMP on their territory.

For more information about this year's edition of the award, the entrance criteria, and how to apply before the 31 October deadline, click here.

Bilbao, Grenoble, Lilienthal, and Mönchengladbach win European sustainable mobility awards

19 April 2021

The European Commission today announced the winners of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards 2020, the 9th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP Award) and the EU Urban Road Safety Award.

Mönchengladbach (Germany) was revealed as the winner of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2020 for larger municipalities, while Lilienthal (Germany) took home the title for smaller municipalities. The 9th SUMP Award was won by Greater Grenoble Area Mobility Authority (SMMAG) for Grenoble-Alpes SUMP (France), and the EU Urban Road Safety Award went to Bilbao (Spain). The awards were presented during an online ceremony hosted by European Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean, and Deputy Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Transport and Mobility, Matthew Baldwin.

Speaking about the finalists, Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean said: “I would like to extend my congratulations to all finalists and winners. Your inspiring achievements really show how cities and towns across Europe can improve people’s wellbeing by shifting towards cleaner, greener and more sustainable travel options for all. I invite others to follow this path and to join forces in building a mobility system for future generations that is smart, resilient, and does its share to achieve our ambitious emission reduction goals. I look forward to celebrating with you the 20th Year of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK under our call to action Move Sustainably. Stay Healthy.

Mönchengladbach, Germany – winner of the 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.

The other finalists are Granada (Spain) and Sofia (Bulgaria).

Lilienthal, Germany – winner of the 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.

The other finalists are Bruck an der Leitha (Austria) and Nea Moudania (Greece).

Greater Grenoble Area Mobility Authority (SMMAG) for Grenoble-Alpes SUMP (France) – winner of the 9th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP)
SMMAG’s Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) sets clear and ambitious goals for Grenoble-Alpes, which seek to make sustainable mobility accessible to all, prioritise active and shared travel options, and render city travel more interconnected. The jury was particularly impressed by SMMAG’s integrated and structured approach, which aims to meet the mobility needs of all public transport users, including socially vulnerable groups.

The other finalists are Belgrade (Serbia) and Bilbao (Spain).

Bilbao, Spain – winner of the EU Urban Road Safety Award
Bilbao has sought to improve road safety in the city by reducing the speed limit to 30km/h. Speed limits were first reduced in June 2018 on 87% of all roads in the city. In September 2020, Bilbao extended the 30km/h speed limit to cover the entire city. The jury was also impressed by Bilbao’s communication and awareness-raising activities to promote road safety, and its steps to include residents in discussions and decision-making.

The other finalists are Heraklion (Greece) and Quart de Poblet (Spain).

European Commission announces sustainable mobility award nominees

22 March 2021

The finalists of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards, the Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP Award) and the EU Urban Road Safety Award were revealed today.

All awards recognise remarkable activities conducted in 2020. The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards showcase smaller and larger municipalities promoting sustainable urban mobility during the week of 16-22 September; the SUMP Award rewards excellence in sustainable urban mobility planning; and the Road Safety Award celebrates outstanding road safety measures. The annual theme for all awards was ‘Zero-emission mobility for all’.

The shortlisted cities were selected by an independent panel of mobility and transport experts, and the four winners will be announced during an online award ceremony, taking place on 19 April 2021. For more information and to attend the ceremony, visit: mobilityweek.eu/award-ceremony-2021 

 

EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards 2020

The finalists for the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2020 for larger municipalities (more than 100,000 inhabitants) are:

  • Granada (Spain)
  • Mönchengladbach (Germany)
  • Sofia (Bulgaria)

The jury praised in particular:

  • Granada’s communication activities, including social media, and online conferences to engage local residents in discussions on sustainable mobility. The jury was also impressed by the wide range of permanent sustainable mobility measures implemented during the week;
  • Mönchengladbach’s broad and comprehensive programme of activities and events addressing people of all ages and abilities. They were also impressed by the strong citizen engagement which underpinned activities, with people being able to suggest activities for Car-Free Day 2021;

  • Sofia’s focus on road safety and active mobility, with many interesting events throughout the week highlighting these themes. The diverse activities included a national walking contest, and broad ranging permanent measures such as extending the city’s metro line, all of which impressed the jury. 

The finalists for the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2020 for smaller municipalities (less than 100,000 inhabitants) are:

  • Bruck an der Leitha (Austria)
  • Lilienthal (Germany)
  • Nea Moudania (Greece)

The jury was impressed by:

  • The strong political support from local government, which underpinned Bruck an der Leitha’s activities. The Mayor and the city councillors led by example, giving up their cars during the week, instead opting to travel by public transport;

  • Lilienthal’s rich programme of events and activities. In particular, its Car-Free School Day, which was organised together with the City of Bremen (Germany) and saw 55 schools and more than 60,000 students participate;

  • The vast array of permanent sustainable mobility measures unveiled in Nea Moudania during the week. In particular, the introduction of new bicycle paths, stands, and stations, and the improvement of footpaths and pedestrian crossings.

 

9th SUMP Award

The finalists for the Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning are:

  • Belgrade (Serbia)
  • Bilbao (Spain)
  • Greater Grenoble Area Mobility Authority (SMMAG) for Grenoble-Alpes SUMP (France)

The jury was impressed by:

  • Belgrade’s approach to sustainable mobility planning, which provides the city with a clear strategy for achieving shared, integrated, and inclusive mobility, alongside detailed and ambitious targets to reach along the way;

  • Bilbao’s well thought out and detailed approach to sustainable mobility planning, which addresses gender equality issues through a dedicated gender mobility action plan;

  • SMMAG’s integrated and structured approach to sustainable mobility planning, which aims to ensure the mobility needs of all public transport users are met, including socially vulnerable groups.

 

EU Urban Road Safety Award

The finalists of the second edition of the EU Urban Road Safety Award are: 

  • Bilbao (Spain)
  • Heraklion (Greece)
  • Quart de Poblet (Spain)

The jury praised in particular:

  • Bilbao’s efforts to reduce the number of road traffic victims, in line with their urban safety mobility plan. Its steps to reduce speed limits to 30km/h across the city, to reorganise streets, and to include the participation of residents in road safety discussions were also commended;

  • Heraklion’s monitoring and evaluation work around the implementation of speed reduction programmes near schools, which led to other organisations, such as health care centres, asking for the introduction of similar measures;

  • The speed reduction programme introduced near schools in Quart de Poblet. In addition, the jury praised its prioritisation of pedestrians, making traffic lights unnecessary and kick-starting an interesting debate on their effectiveness in protecting pedestrians’ lives.