With a view towards the Paris Climate Conference (COP 21) taking place in December, the European Commission launched the annual EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK (16-22 September).
Within the annual EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK events are scheduled to take place in over 2,000 European cities and towns.
The event encourages innovative solutions for today’s urban mobility challenges, which can contribute to the climate and decarbonisation objectives of the EU.
“ EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is a reminder that each and every one of us can make a difference. If we choose to walk or cycle more, to favour collective or public transport or to combine these sustainable modes, Europe as a whole can reap considerable societal benefits. Put together, our individual choices can reduce CO2 emissions, urban congestion, noise, accidents, air pollution and create a better mobility,” EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said.
This year’s European Mobility Week will have a special focus on multimodality, allowing for citizens to choose, change and combine transport modes.
One of the highlights of this year’s EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK will be the car-free day, during which cities are partially closed to motorised traffic, allowing only pedestrians, cyclists, public transport and clean vehicles (e.g. electric cars). As an example, the old town of the Stockholm and much of the city centre will be pedestrianized.