EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK News June 2016
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June 2016
 
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EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK website nominated for European Award

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The new and improved EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK website has been nominated for the ‘Better World’ category of the .eu Web Awards. To be in with a chance of winning, EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK needs to gain as many nominations from the general public as possible. Visitors are kindly invited to nominate EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK by visiting the awards website and entering www.mobilityweek.eu for the ‘Better World’ category. This is a great way to help make sustainable urban mobility more visible.

Individuals over the age of 18 living in an EU member state or Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway can get involved and provide nominations.

For more information and to nominate EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, visit eurid.eu

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Germany, Belarus, Luxembourg and Malta get ready for EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2016

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Preparations for EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2016 are underway across Europe with a number of high profile events in April, May and June. New National Coordinators in Belarus and Germany kicked off preparations in April. Belarusian participants discussed how to attract local authorities to the campaign, while attendees at the German kick-off event brainstormed how to design campaign actions and measures.

In Luxembourg, National Coordinator Verkéiersverbond organised a conference on 13 May. Almost half of the 106 municipalities in Luxembourg were represented, discussing strategies to increase participation in the campaign with the national government and the European Commission.

On 2 June Malta launched its EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2016 with speeches from the ministers for transport and sustainable development, environment, and climate change. As well as a National Car-Free Day on 22 September, Malta will hold its third National Bike Ride on 21 September, which will see keen cyclists travelling throughout the metropolitan area of Valletta for a whole day. A new video has been released encouraging residents to take part in the campaign.

Image: Verkéiersverbond Lëtzebuerg

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Renewed support for EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK from Moldova and Poland

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The environment and transport ministries of Moldova and Poland agree that a successful EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK campaign requires their collaboration. The countries intend to establish inter-ministerial working groups that will involve NGOs, international organisations, municipal associations and the private sector in increasing participation in EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK.

Adrian Mazur of Poland’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction looks forward to increasing the number of city and town registrations in 2016 compared to previous years. In Moldova, Viorica Staver of the country's Ministry of Environment stated that she would discuss the formal appointment of a national coordinator for Moldova with her minister. Moldovan NGOs have also shown interest in registering their activities under the campaign's MOBILITYACTIONS series.

Allying more closely with those campaigning for road safety and equitable access is also important. The first European Day Without A Road Death (EDWARD) on September 21 2016 will be a welcome boost to the campaign. It is a joint initiative of the European Commission and the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL).

Image: Jerome Simpson

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ACTION in the spotlight: Belgian companies encourage alternatives to car use

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SD Worx and Xerius are two consulting companies based in Antwerp (Belgium) which provide human resources and payroll services for both companies and self-employed people. The companies are independent of one another but work and cooperate closely together, even sharing the same premises at various locations in Belgium. Both companies hope to encourage employees to use modes of transport other than private cars to carry out their daily commutes.

The companies jointly organised their own Car-Free Day on 17 May 2016. Employees were offered information about alternative transport options, and those who walked, cycled, or used public transport were given a free breakfast by the companies. More than 400 employees were involved in the event, with many people at the companies’ headquarters in Antwerp taking part, as well as at eight regional offices.

The final impact of the Car Free Day cannot yet be clearly measured, but SD Worx say that they have noticed an increase in the use of their bicycle parking facilities at the Antwerp office. In addition, 20 employees opted for a bicycle assistance programme in their flexible income plan this year.

Image: Pixabay
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Feedback? Questions? Let us know! Contact us at: mobilityweek@iclei.org.
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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