Since 2002 European Mobility Week has sought to influence mobility and urban transport issues, as well as improve the health and quality of life of citizens. The campaign gives citizens the chance to explore what the role of city streets really is, and to explore concrete solutions to tackle urban challenges, such as air pollution. Local authorities are strongly encouraged to use the Week to test new transport measures and get feedback from citizens. It is also an excellent opportunity for local stakeholders to get together and discuss the different aspects of mobility and air quality, find innovative solutions to reduce car-use and thus emissions, and test new technologies or planning measures.
Below you have the list of the 822 cities thus far signed in to support the 2015 week event, as of 27 August 2015. To discover more about how participating cities have used the campaign to enhance their sustainable transport policies, visit the best practice guides.
There is considerable variation in the number of participating each year,, but no clear overall trend. Back in 2002, the first year, there were already 1742 cities from three dozen countries signed in to the program. In 2013 a total of 1931 cities signed in, with top participation by Austria (534), (Spain (406) and Hungary (129). Last year there were 682 cities signed up at this time. (See https://goo.gl/0lQjgc), with top participation by Spain (297), Austria (124), and Hungary (93).
It is worth noting that the two countries with the strongest cycling culture – The Netherlands and Denmark – have only one participating city each. Might it be that they consider every day to be a car free day?
For further background and details on the 2015 program – http://www.mobilityweek.eu.
For more information on this year’s theme, contact email@example.com.
For general questions: Juan Caballero at: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
For Unit C1 of Commission: Clean transport and sustainable urban mobility. Tel. +32-2 2963120
Handbook for EMW 2015 – http://www.mobilityweek.eu/fileadmin/files/Material_2015/EMW_Leaflet_2015.pdf
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From World Streets:
World Streets on Car Free Days, Mobility Weeks, EcoMobility Festivals, etc. — https://worldstreets.wordpress.com/tag/car-free-days/
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Bio: Trained as a development economist, Eric Britton is a public entrepreneur specializing in the field of sustainability and social justice. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets, his latest work focuses on the subject of equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions and in the process, find practical solutions to urgent climate, mobility, life quality and job creation issues. Currently working on an open collaborative project, “BETTER CHOICES: Bringing Sustainable Transportation to Smaller Asian Cities” . More at: http://wp.me/PsKUY-2p7 * This article is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 licence.