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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.

New Topic Guide on planning for more resilient and robust urban mobility

1 March 2021

As cities and regions respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with new and innovative transport solutions, what are the lessons for long-term sustainable mobility planning?

Sustainable urban mobility planning (SUMP) is a strategic and integrated approach to dealing with the complexity of urban transport.

Across Europe, local authorities and their private operating partners are striving to create sustainable solutions for passenger transport and freight that foster accessible, safe and affordable mobility, while aligning with European Green Deal emissions reduction objectives.

As part of the CIVITAS SATELLITE Coordination and Support Action, and supported by projects from the CIVITAS Initiative, the Topic Guide, “Planning for More Resilient and Robust Urban Mobility” has been compiled.

Drawing on lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, it exhibits possible avenues for accelerating the transition towards more resilient and sustainable urban mobility systems and increasing preparedness for any future crises that arise.

Urban transport systems must be able to endure and respond to crisis situations, from pandemics to climate change. An immediate crisis can cause further long-term changes and increase the impact of other major trends, such as climate change. Managing such fundamental change processes is a key challenge for urban mobility practitioners to integrate into their plans.

Transitioning toward more sustainable and resilient solutions requires comprehensive changes in transport systems, expanding active travel, public and shared transport and electromobility infrastructure.

Cities’ and regions’ responses to COVID-19 exhibit that change is possible. From pop-up cycle lanes to parklets, transport options have been transformed and extended to build resilient and robust mobility services which are embedded in SUMP agendas.

The Topic Guide introduces the concept of resilience in urban mobility and presents the importance of integrating it into the SUMP process.

To read the Topic Guide, click here.

EU Cancer Plan to promote investment in active mobility infrastructure

17 February 2021

Earlier this month, the European Commission released its Europe's Beating Cancer Plan, setting out a new EU approach to cancer prevention, treatment and care.

The plan will be supported by actions spanning across policy areas from employment, education, social policy and equality, to transport, cohesion policy, and taxation.

The plan aims to tackle the entire disease pathway and is structured around four key action areas where the EU can add the most value: prevention; early detection; diagnosis and treatment; and quality of life of cancer patients and survivors. Urban mobility plays an important role in addressing the key action area of “prevention”.

Under the plan, the European Commission will seek to promote investment in active mobility infrastructures, as well as initiatives such as EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, which this year focuses on health issues under the theme Safe and Healthy with Sustainable Urban Mobility.

The plan also calls for the revision of the Urban Mobility Package in 2021, to support sustainable and healthy transport and mobility.

For more information about the plan, click here.

Call opens to host CIVITAS Forum 2021

18 January 2021

Applications are now being accepted from cities across Europe for the opportunity to host the CIVITAS Forum Conference 2021.

The CIVITAS Forum Conference serves as the main event of the CIVITAS Initiative, and is one of the leading conferences on sustainable mobility in Europe. The conference provides an opportunity for exchange among key stakeholders in the field of urban mobility. Past hosts have included Graz (Austria), Umeå (Sweden), Torres Vedras (Portugal), and Ljuljana (Slovenia).

This year will be the 18th edition in the conference series, which began in 2003. The proposed time windows for the conference this year are either the week of 27 September – 1 October, or the week of 18 October – 22 October 2021.

Hosting the CIVITAS Forum Conference 2021 offers an excellent opportunity to a city hoping to demonstrate and share its successes in the field of sustainable urban mobility with the wider world. Past hosts have used the conference to exhibit local sites, showcase their clean urban transportation initiatives and innovations, and share cultural and historic heritage.

As the current COVID-19 pandemic brings some uncertainty to the planning of an event of this size, a degree of adaptability is required of the selected host city. Currently, a hybrid event is planned, which would see a physical event with a restricted number of attendees (200-250), combined with an online event.

In order to apply, cities should submit a completed application form by 15 February 2021.

Download the form here. This should be sent to the CIVITAS Secretariat by email – secretariat@civitas.eu – in a compressed file (.zip) alongside any supporting documentation. Any additional documents that applicants feel will add to the quality of their application are welcome. Find these in a guidance document.

Applications are particularly encouraged from cities situated in eastern and southern Europe that have not hosted the Forum before.

Click here to read more about previous CIVITAS Forum events.

European Commission presents plan for green, smart and affordable mobility

14 December 2020

On 9 December, the European Commission launched its Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy together with an Action Plan of 82 initiatives that will guide its work on mobility over the next four years.

The strategy shows how the EU transport system can become green, digital and more resilient to future crises. As outlined in the European Green Deal, the result will be a 90% cut in emissions by 2050, delivered by a smart, competitive, safe, accessible and affordable transport system.

Speaking about the strategy, Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean said: “As the backbone that connects European citizens and business, transport matters to us all. Digital technologies have the potential to revolutionise the way we move, making our mobility smarter, more efficient, and also greener. We need to provide businesses a stable framework for the green investments they will need to make over the coming decades. Through the implementation of this strategy, we will create a more efficient and resilient transport system, which is on a firm pathway to reduce emissions in line with our European Green Deal goals.

Some of the milestones and actions identified in the strategy include: helping 100 European cities reach climate neutrality by 2030; engaging with cities to ensure that all large and medium-sized cities that are urban nodes on the TEN-T network put in place their own sustainable urban mobility plans (SUMPs) by 2030; and improving and expanding bicycle infrastructure.

The above – and more – will be further developed within a revised EU Urban Mobility Strategy, planned for summer 2021. It will be based on the results of the evaluation of the 2013 Urban Mobility Package, which is due to be published in early 2021.

To read the Strategy in full, click here.

An interview with Erdem Güney and Şeyma Kara, National Coordinators for Turkey

14 December 2020

What role do you both play in the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK campaign?

As national coordinators, we are responsible for promoting EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK in Turkey, informing municipalities about the campaign, and supporting them with registration.

To meet this aim, we organised a EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK introductory meeting for local municipalities on 19 June. During the meeting, we provided participants with information about EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK and answered their questions on registration.

Throughout the year, we were available 24/7 to address questions or problems from local municipalities, including information via e-mail, phone and face-to-face meetings.

In addition, we published a EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK booklet containing national and international good practice examples and contact information. We also prepared a registration guide in Turkish to help municipalities register for EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK.

Turkey had a record-breaking year in 2020, with 551 towns and cities participating in EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK. In addition, Turkey registered the highest participation numbers overall, and the highest number of Car-Free Days. What caused this huge increase in participation compared with 2019?

This year, we prepared very well for EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK. In order to encourage our municipalities to register and participate in the campaign, we offered a free bicycle to municipalities that registered and signed up. In addition, we launched a website – hareketlilik.tbb.gov.tr – to share information with municipalities on registration and participation in EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK.

We also organised a competition for ideas and projects in the area of bicycle transportation, to provide good solutions for municipalities. Within the scope of this competition, monetary support was provided to municipalities that put forward sustainable and permanent projects across two stages – idea and implementation.

In order to promote EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK among the general public, we made videos with ministers, mayors, and high-level representatives of public institutions, and shared these on social media.

Alongside the EU Delegation to Turkey, we organised many events promoting EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK to different municipalities. These included bicycle tours and live broadcasts, with the participation of metropolitan mayors, NGOs, and other relevant parties.

We also organised national EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards to identify and promote participating municipalities and share best practice examples.

One of the reasons a higher number of municipalities registered for Car-Free Day is because of the COVID-19 restrictions. As Car-Free Day celebrations are held on a single day, many municipalities were able to organise events with strict physical distancing that complied with COVID-19 restrictions.

What do you think Turkish cities and towns gain from taking part in EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK?

Turkish municipalities have become increasingly aware of sustainable transport thanks to EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK. People in many municipalities were encouraged to use public transport, to cycle, walk, or try out different transport options such as scooters, especially during Car-Free Day and during the focal week of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK.

As a result of awareness-raising campaigns undertaken by municipalities and organisations in Turkey, such as the Turkish Union of Municipalities, and the EU Delegation to Turkey, people are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of zero emission mobility. In turn, more Turkish municipalities are working to implement zero-emission public transport.

Did COVID-19 pose a challenge in getting towns and cities interested and engaged in EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK in Turkey?

Unfortunately, some of our events were cancelled due to the pandemic, because some governorships had introduced curfews. As a result, many municipalities organised awareness-raising campaigns through social media. In addition, many activities, such as bicycle tours, were adapted to physical distancing requirements, with a smaller number of people allowed to participate.

What are your hopes for the 2021 campaign in Turkey?

First of all, we hope that Covid-19 will be under control by September 2021. Secondly, we started our work on EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK rather late in June 2020 due to pandemic restrictions. Therefore, we hope to start our work earlier in 2021.

Thanks to our successful work in 2020, more municipalities are aware of the importance of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK. We hope to build on this success in 2021.

In addition, we plan to highlight the fact that municipalities can invest in campaign activities not only during the focal week of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, but also throughout the year by improving their permanent infrastructure.

European climate pact puts the spotlight on green mobility

11 December 2020

Earlier this week, the European Commission launched the European Climate Pact, an EU-wide initiative inviting people, communities and organisations to participate in climate action and build a greener Europe. As part of the European Green Deal, the Climate Pact offers a space for everyone to share information, debate and act on the climate crisis, and to be part of an ever-growing European climate movement.

The Pact provides a space for regions, local communities, industry, schools and civil society to share information about climate change and environmental degradation, and how they tackle these existential threats. Through an online platform and citizen dialogues and exchanges, it will foster the link between the digital and green transitions.

In the initial phase, the Pact will focus on four areas offering immediate benefits for the climate and the environment, and also for people’s health and wellbeing: green areas, green mobility, efficient buildings, and green skills.

The Pact’s scope will evolve based on the ideas and contributions of the people and organisations that become part of it.

An annual Climate Pact event will also bring participants together to share their experiences and knowledge, and to shape the Pact’s direction.

The Climate Pact aims to help spread scientifically sound information about climate action and provide practical advice for everyday life choices. It will support local initiatives and encourage climate action pledges by individuals or collectives, thereby helping to mobilise support for those pledges and participation in related climate actions.

The European Commission has also launched an open call inviting people and organisations to become Climate Pact Ambassadors. Climate Pact Ambassadors will lead by example and engage their communities in climate action.

For more information and to read the Climate Pact in full, click here.

Help us choose the most impressive MOBILITY ACTION of 2020

9 December 2020

This year, we received 900 MOBILITYACTIONs from businesses, schools, NGOs and other organisations across Europe. Five of those have been nominated for the title of Best MOBILITYACTION 2020, and now we need your help to choose our winner!

As of today, 9 December, we have posted each nominee on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. The nominee with the most likes and shares by 12.00 CET (Brussels time) on 16 December will be declared the winner! The winner will be announced on 17 December 2020.

Now for the nominees…

Free your city! in Szeged (Hungary)
In order to encourage children to choose sustainable modes of transport, the City of Szeged has created an interactive game that highlights the problems associated with car traffic. Problems identified range from air and noise pollution, to space management. Through the game, children learn about the environmental impact of transport and how their choices can make a difference.

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Organiser: City of Szeged

Hive.mobility: innovation centre for smart and green mobility, Groningen (The Netherlands)
Hive.mobility is an innovation centre in northern Netherlands, which works with local stakeholders to develop smart and green mobility solutions for passenger and freight transport.

Facebook post | Twitter post | Instagram post
Organiser: hive.mobility

'Promote Park + Ride' in Antwerp (Belgium)
In an attempt to reduce the number of cars travelling into the city of Antwerp over the weekend, Q-Park offers commuters a 50% discount on their park and ride facility. The facility is located close to the Antwerp Berchem train station and Antwerp ringroad. From there, commuters can travel into the city using public transport.

Facebook post | Twitter post | Instagram post
Organiser: Q-Park Belgium

'Kidical Mass Köln – Kids on the bike!' in Cologne (Germany)
‘Kidical Mass Köln’ follows along the same lines as ‘critical mass’ – a form of direct action whereby people gather together on a certain date and time in order to travel through their neighbourhood or city by bicycle.
Through their action, ‘Kidical Mass Köln’ hopes to highlight and campaign for child-friendly transport policies in the city. The action is open to residents of all ages.

Facebook post | Twitter post | Instagram post
Organiser: Kidical Mass Köln

'Optimised mobility at night' in Padua (Italy)
In order to meet a growing need for night time public transportation in the City of Padua, Padam Mobility developed technology to allow the city, in collaboration with the University of Padua, to roll-out a Demand-Responsive Transport (DRT) solution.
Padam mobility developed the algorithm behind the system, alongside user and driver apps, and helped to implement it in the city.

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Organiser: Padam Mobility

Upcoming webinar to highlights best MOBILITY ACTIONs of 2020

3 December 2020

On Thursday 8 December, 14:00-15:00 CET, the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK secretariat will hold a webinar for businesses, NGOs, schools and other actors, including cities, highlighting the best MOBILITYACTIONs of 2020.

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, not just during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK.

MOBILITYACTION’s promote a behavioural shift towards a more sustainable urban mobility culture and are of a promotional rather than a technical nature (i.e. technical innovations themselves will not be recognised), with examples including cycling to work with your neighbours, or if you’re an employer, taking concrete action to encourage your employees to use public transport.

During the webinar, participants will also gain tips on how to draft their own perfect MOBILITYACTION.

To register for the webinar, click here.

EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2020: promoting zero-emission mobility for all

16 September 2020

Watch out for car-free streets, walking tours, and interactive workshops as EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK (16-22 September) kicks off today in towns and cities across Europe.

The clean and sustainable transport campaign will see over 2,700 towns and cities from close to 50 countries host their own events, shining a spotlight on the importance of zero-emission mobility for all. This is the 19th year of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK and its well-known car-free day, when streets close for motorised traffic and open for pedestrians, cyclists, hoverboarders, e-scooter riders and more!

EU Transport Commissioner Adina Vălean said: “This year is a big challenge for our towns and cities. But the pandemic also showed us that people appreciate and expect our cities to become safer, cleaner and accessible to all. During this week and beyond, our partner cities from all around Europe will show how greener and more digital European towns and cities could look.

In parallel, and in cooperation with EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, the European network of road traffic police forces (ROADPOL) is organising a new campaign for road safety – the ROADPOL Safety Days (previously ‘Project EDWARD’). As part of the campaign, national police forces will record the number of road deaths on 17 September, aiming for zero deaths on that day. Public events will highlight the role that every road-user can play in avoiding fatalities, as well as the importance of traffic police in enforcing the rules and working towards the EU’s ‘Vision Zero’ – zero road deaths and serious injuries on European roads by 2050.   

Initiatives across Europe

EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK provides an opportunity for local governments across Europe (and beyond) to enable residents to test out active mobility modes and discover the benefits of sustainable forms of transport.

This year, Essen (Germany) will launch the city’s first sidewalk extension (or parklet), and will organise workshops on road safety and sustainable mobility, examining for example how local businesses can become bicycle-friendly employers. In addition, the city will launch a new e-charging station, and will install smart lamp posts.

Lahti (Finland) will celebrate the week with guided walking tours, workshops and seminars on the importance of sustainable mobility. A clean-up day will be organised, where residents are encouraged to get together clear litter from public areas around the city.

Cesena (Italy) will use the week as an opportunity to seek feedback from local residents on their new sustainable urban mobility plan. In addition, the city will invite children to submit photographs and drawings, illustrating their experience of commuting in the city.

Girona (Spain) will hand out a free breakfast to reward those who cycle to work. In addition, the city will organise guided walking tours, workshops on bicycle safety and maintenance, an exhibition on electric and hybrid vehicles, and a film screening on sustainable mobility.

Gdańsk (Poland) is arranging bicycle trips to local monuments and attractions. During car-free day, residents owning a car will be able to access public transport for free.

Participation

This year, in light of the pandemic, towns and cities have maximum flexibility when participating. Local authorities can register their events and permanent infrastructure initiatives as usual, but also their online alternatives and their short-term measures to help people move around safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Measures may include the temporary reallocation of road space to create pop-up bike lanes, or the introduction of speed restrictions.

Besides towns and cities, participation is warmly encouraged by others, including businesses, institutions, NGOs, schools and higher education institutions. All may register their MOBILITYACTION all year round.

Local authorities can apply for several awards in the context of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK:

  • EU Urban Road Safety Award, rewarding local authorities for innovative measures to improve road safety. The call for applications is open from 29 September to 31 October 2020.

  • EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards for local authorities that make significant efforts to promote sustainable urban mobility during the campaign. The application period is from 29 September to 31 October 2020.

  • SUMP Award presented to local and regional authorities that have achieved excellence in sustainable urban mobility planning (SUMP). The deadline for applications is 31 October 2020.