European Mobility Week 2015: Why not Penang?

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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.

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Eu EMW 2014 logoThere 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, 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  –

For more information on this year’s theme, contact

For general questions: Juan Caballero at: and  

For Unit C1 of Commission:  Clean transport and sustainable urban mobility. Tel. +32-2 2963120

Handbook for EMW 2015 –

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From World Streets:

World Streets on Car Free Days, Mobility Weeks, EcoMobility Festivals, etc. —

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About the editor:

Eric Britton
13, rue Pasteur. Courbevoie 92400 France

Bio: Founding editor of World Streets (1988), Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher, occasional consultant, and sustainability activist who has observed, learned, taught and worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. In the autumn of 2019, he committed his remaining life work to the challenges of aggressively countering climate change and specifically greenhouse gas emissions emanating from the mobility sector. He is not worried about running out of work. Further background and updates: @ericbritton | | #fekbritton | | and | Contact: | +336 508 80787 (Also WhatApp) | Skype: newmobility.)

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