This year’s EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2020 theme emphasizes the importance of accessibility to zero-emission transport and promotes an inclusive framework which involves everyone.
Watch out for car-free streets, interactive workshops and walking tours in towns and cities from over 40 countries from 16 to 22 September. This is the 19th year of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK and its well-known car-free day. Streets will close for motorised traffic, and allow pedestrians, cyclists, e-scooter riders, hoverboarders and more to roam freely in the city.
This event provides a unique opportunity for local governments in Europe to enable its residents to test out different active mobility models and discover the many benefits of other forms of sustainable transportation.
In addition, in cooperation with the event, the European network of road traffic police forces (ROADPOL) is organizing a campaign for road safety – the ROADPOL Safety Days. During the campaign, police forces will record the number of road fatalities on 17 September, their aim is zero deaths. Public events will emphasize the role of every road-user to reduce and avoid fatalities, as well as the traffic police’s importance in enforcing rules and working towards the EU’s ‘Vision Zero’ which is zero road deaths or serious injuries in Europe by 2050.
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 like.” Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, towns and cities have maximum flexibility when participating. Local authorities can register their events and infrastructure initiatives, but can also provide online alternatives, and measure to help people moving around safely.
Besides towns and cities, participation by others is early encouraged, such as NGOs, schools and higher education institutions and businesses. All are welcome to register their MOBILITYACTION all year round.
Local authorities can apply for several awards in context with EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK:
- EU Urban Road Safety Award, rewarding for innovative measures to improve road safety. The registrations are open from 29 September to 31 October 2020.
- EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards, for local authorities, who make efforts to promote sustainable urban mobility during the campaign. The call for applications is open from 29 September to 31 October 2020.
- SUMP Award is presented to local and regional authorities that accomplished great achievements in sustainable urban mobility planning (SUMP). The deadline for registrations is 31 October 2020.
If you are a city, register for EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2020 here.
If you are an NGO, Business, or School, you can register to the MOBILITYACTION here.
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Source: EC DG Mobility and Transport