EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2021: safe and healthy with sustainable mobility

EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2021: safe and healthy with sustainable mobility 16 September 2021 EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, the European Commission’s awareness-raising campaign promoting clean and sustainable urban transport, comes to towns and cities across Europe and beyond starting today until 22 September. Around…

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EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2021: safe and healthy with sustainable mobility
16 September 2021

EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, the European Commission’s awareness-raising campaign promoting clean and sustainable urban transport, comes to towns and cities across Europe and beyond starting today until 22 September.

Around 3000 towns and cities from approximately 50 countries will participate by hosting events on the theme “Safe and healthy with sustainable mobility” and giving people the opportunity to explore the role of mobility in their daily lives by experimenting with clean transport modes. Importantly, the campaign supports the use of public transport as a safe, efficient, affordable, and low-emission mobility solution for everyone.

EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK culminates in the popular car-free day, which sees streets closed to motorised traffic and open to people.

This year marks a special occasion for the campaign as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. In recognition of this milestone, EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is launching a virtual museum, which will showcase the history of the campaign, the impact it has achieved, and its links to the European Commission’s broader sustainability priorities, such as the EU Green Deal. The museum will also highlight personal stories of behavioural change, illustrating how EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK has inspired residents from across Europe to adapt their mobility habits in favour of active mobility, public transport, and other clean, intelligent transport solutions.

EU Transport Commissioner Adina Vălean said: “A clean, smart and resilient transport system is at the core of our economies and central to people’s lives. This is why, on the 20th anniversary of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, I am proud of the 3000 cities across Europe and beyond for showcasing how safe and sustainable transport options help our communities to stay connected during these challenging times.”

Initiatives across Europe

EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK provides an opportunity for local governments across Europe (and beyond) to invite residents to try out active mobility options and discover the benefit of sustainable forms of transport.

This year, The Hague (Netherlands) will collect and repair old and abandoned bicycles found in the city, and donate them to people who cannot afford to buy their own.
Trelleborg (Sweden) will celebrate EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK by organising an exhibition on electric and hydrogen cars, and electric bicycles.
In Bremen (Germany), the city will transform several car parking spaces into parklets – areas where local residents can meet to socialise, play sports, or discuss urban mobility. The city will also organise a film night ride, where a cinema screen is transported around the city by cargo bicycle, stopping in different locations to screen films highlighting this year’s theme: “Safe and healthy with sustainable mobility.”
Râmnicu Vâlcea (Romania) will organise climate change workshops with students aged 16-17 and organise campaigns for school children aged 6-10, to encourage them to travel to school more sustainably.
Alicante (Spain) will set up bicycle repair stations across the city, and organise a number of activities to promote safe cycling.
To discover what your town or city is doing to celebrate EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, click here.

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