European Mobility Week News November 2015
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EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK receives COP21 recognition

 






 

Thanks to its work to reduce carbon emissions, EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK has been given permission to display the COP21 Label, which recognises the quality of the project. COP21 kicks off today in Paris (France), where representatives of national governments, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, non-governmental organisations, and civil society are gathering to take action for the global climate.

The aim of COP21 is to come to an international agreement to keep global warming below two degrees higher than pre-industrial levels. This will be achieved through a transition to a low-carbon global economy and cutting global emissions. Mobility and transport play an important role in this context.

For more information about COP21, visit cop21.gouv.fr (in English and French).

Image: Eiffel Tower from across the Seine (photo on Flickr) by "Jiuguang Wang", licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Best Practice Guide 2015 gathers inspiring examples


The 2015 edition of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Best Practice Guide is available to download, detailing the activities of the ten finalists and shortlisted cities for the 2014 EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award.

The guide looks at the sustainable mobility activities of each of the cities in detail, putting them in a thematic context such as walking, cycling, and electric mobility. As well as 2014 award winner Östersund, the guide showcases activities in Getxo, Léon, Murcia and Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Vienna (Austria), Budapest (Hungary), Larnaka (Cyprus), Skopje (FYR Macedonia) and Zagreb (Croatia).

Inspiring mobility activities from other cities and organisations are also profiled. This includes the 'Living Streets' movement in Ghent (Belgium), where streets in the city are converted into recreational spaces during the summer, and a competition for artists to redesign parking spaces in the Polish city of Gdynia.

For more information, download the 2015 Best Practice Guide [PDF 5.17mb]

Image: Do the Right Mix! (photo on Flickr) by "Verkéiersverbond", licensed under CC BY 2.0

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European Transport Scoreboard 2015 tracks EU transport progress


Violeta Bulc



 

The European Transport Scoreboard, which compares the performance of EU Member States in a range of transport areas, has been updated with new data. Topics are categorised in four broad areas: Internal Market, Investments and infrastructure, Energy Union and innovation, and People.

The objective of the Scoreboard is to help Member States identify areas requiring priority investments and actions. The top five Member States on transport are the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the United Kingdom, and Denmark.

EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: “The 2015 scoreboard shows how dynamic the European transport sector is. I am pleased to see that good progress has been made compared to last year, for example for infrastructure quality and the opening of rail freight markets. The Scoreboard also shows what still needs to be done, in order to create jobs in the transport sector or to improve its sustainability.”

For more information and to consult the Scoreboard, visit europa.eu

Image: European Union, 2015

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ACTION in the Spotlight: #ciclopega in Aveiro, Portugal

 

Cycling organisation Ciclaveiro took the opportunity presented by EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK to kick off a MOBILITYACTION encouraging local cyclists to take photos of illegally parked cars on a local cycle path on Rua da Pêga, as the cars make travelling on the route difficult and dangerous. The photos were shared on Facebook with the hashtag #ciclopega and the Facebook accounts of the municipality and the local police force were also tagged. The action aimed to raise awareness among car drivers and the municipality of the danger and inconvenience that this causes for cyclists.

The danger that carelessly parked cars on cycle lanes present to cyclists is very real - according to the latest Cycling Barometer report published by the European Cyclists’ Federation, Portugal had the highest rate of cyclists killed in traffic in the EU, which is particularly concerning as the country has a comparatively low rate of daily trips taken by bicycle.

Since the MOBILITYACTION, Aveiro’s mayor has announced that the city aims to resolve the problem through infrastructural works, for which the city has applied for funding.

The campaign will last until the beginning of 2016 and can be followed through Ciclaveiro’s Facebook page and blog (in Portuguese).

Image: Ciclaveiro

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Feedback? Questions? Let us know! Contact us at: mobilityweek@iclei.org.
EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is an annual campaign on sustainable urban mobility, organised with the political and financial support of the Directorate-General for Transport of the European Commission. Learn more about the campaign: www.mobilityweek.eu


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