EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK News February 2016
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February 2016
 
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Annual workshops and awards ceremony to take place in April


On 20 and 21 April EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK National Coordinators will gather in Brussels (Belgium) to learn more about the 2016 edition of the campaign. The Interactive Workshops will provide inspiration for the National Coordinators as they begin their preparations for this year, showcase best practices and ideas for the national campaigns, and hear from visiting EU projects on sustainable urban mobility.

The Workshops will be followed by an award ceremony for the winners of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2015 and 4th SUMP Award (nominees to be announced in the coming weeks).

Follow EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK on Facebook and Twitter to find out more about the award finalists and forthcoming news from this year’s campaign.

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EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2016 theme links economics and mobility




The theme for the 2016 edition of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK will be 'Smart and sustainable mobility - an investment for Europe', referring to the close ties between transport and economics. Under the call to action “Smart Mobility. Strong Economy”, this year’s theme points out that smart planning and use of transport will save cities and residents money and support local economic growth.

A greater shift to alternative mobility modes will help to relieve the negative impacts of personal vehicles, and therefore reduce the costs of these problems. Public funds can be spent on improving transport rather than solving problems caused by it, and the benefits of cleaner and safer mobility can support and grow jobs in cities and neighbourhoods.

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European conferences highlight sustainable transport and energy


The European Commission supports numerous events aimed at accelerating the transition to a more sustainable Europe. Two such events are the 3rd European conference on SUMPs, taking place from 12-13 April in Bremen (Germany) and the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), which is based in Brussels (Belgium) in June.

The SUMP conference is the principal annual event for those aiming to turn the SUMP concept into practice. This year’s conference in Bremen, the winner of the 3rd SUMP Award, will be opened by European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, and will focus on the exchange of best practice on a range of sustainable mobility topics. EUSEW is an annual month-long event that takes place in June, dedicated to raising awareness of the need for a transition to sustainable energy. The EU Sustainable Energy Award, which recognises those promoting energy efficiency or renewable energy, is also open for applications. Those interested can apply online

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Reducing traffic and protecting bats in Vareš, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 



Bosnia and Herzegovina's Centre for Karst and Speleology worked with NGOs and the city of Vareš to help conserve threatened species of bats by encouraging safe driving. The Ponikva cave, located in Vareš, contains a tunnel that cars drive through. The cave and tunnel are also home to several types of bats, including the vulnerable species Barbastella barbastellus.

On Car Free Day 2015, the organisers set up signs warning of the presence of bats in the tunnel, asking drivers passing through to reduce their speed to the minimum. The signs encouraged drivers to slow down, increasing traffic safety and reducing levels of pollution and the likelihood of collisions with bats.

Drivers were invited to leave their cars and join guided tours of the cave: the tours attracted around 150 participants including drivers and pedestrians.

For more information, visit the MOBILITYACTION entry.

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EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is the European campaign on sustainable urban mobility, organised with the political and financial support of the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission. Learn more about the campaign: www.mobilityweek.eu




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