Granada (Spain), Prague (Czech Republic) and Vienna (Austria) are the finalists of the European Mobility Week Award 2017 and the Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP).
Granada impressed the judges with its Car-Free Day celebrations, coupled with a widespread communication campaign that incorporated advertisements on public transport. Prague excelled in creating mutually beneficial partnerships with NGOs and local businesses during the week, while Vienna carried out a diverse programme of activities that closely reflected the 2017 theme – ‘Clean, shared and intelligent mobility’.
For the first time, a category for towns and cities with under 50,000 inhabitants has been included as part of the European Mobility Week Award, recognising the sustainable mobility achievements of smaller cities in Europe. The European Mobility Week Award 2017 finalists for municipalities with less than 50,000 inhabitants are Igoumenitsa (Greece), Lindau (Germany) and Tivat (Montenegro). Igoumenitsa scored well thanks to its strong efforts to communicate the benefits of sustainable mobility to residents and also those who live in nearby towns. Lindau implemented impressive permanent measures, including repurposing parking spaces, while the judges praised Tivat for its citizen engagement activities.
This edition of the SUMP award focused on shared mobility in the planning process. The 6th SUMP Award finalists are Greater Manchester (United Kingdom), Milan (Italy) and Turda (Romania).
Greater Manchester was lauded for its progressive vision, high ambition and exemplary cooperation with the private and non-profit sectors. Milan was praised for stakeholder involvement when designing its SUMP and for its work to introduce a Mobility as a Service platform that brings together apps across transport modes to facilitate shared mobility. Turda was commended by the jury for its clear and inspiring planning vision, including a well-structured financing strategy.
The three winners will be announced at a ceremony in Brussels on 21 March 2018.
2017 was the most successful edition of European Mobility Week to date, with over 2,500 towns and cities participating.