With the contribution of the LIFE programme of the European Union - LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611

Vienna, Igoumenitsa and Turda: winners of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards 2017

The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award showcases local authorities that demonstrate significant efforts in promoting sustainable urban mobility, while the SUMP Award recognises outstanding sustainable urban mobility planning. This edition of the SUMP award focused on shared mobility in the planning process. Vienna, Igoumenitsa and Turda were selected by an independent panel of mobility and transport experts and will each receive a promotional video highlighting their achievements.

Vienna was named the winner of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2017 for larger municipalities. The Austrian capital impressed the jury with its outstanding programme of activities during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, which reflected a firm understanding of the theme of the 2017 campaign - Clean, shared, and intelligent mobility. Among other activities, residents of Vienna were able to rent cargo bikes free of charge, take guided walks through different city neighbourhoods, and join an urban picnic on a street previously reserved for vehicles. The city also worked with kindergartens to educate children on sustainable transport methods.

Igoumenitsa revealed as the inaugural winner of the newly added EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK category for smaller municipalities (below 50,000 inhabitants). The City of Igoumenitsa took home the honour for its exemplary work in communicating the benefits of sustainable mobility to residents, including those who live in nearby small towns.  Residents could avail of free transfer by bus at selected times, take part in cycling events held along the city's coastal front, and join a cultural hike through the forest. Seminars on sustainable mobility were held with primary school students, along with a painting exhibition for school children on the benefits of cycling and walking. The city also ran a photo competition on social media, awarding the photographer behind the best sustainable mobility picture with a bicycle.

The 6th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) was presented to Turda (Romania). The Romania city of Turda was presented with the SUMP Award for its clear planning vision, robust financing strategy, and measurable targets. The jury noted the replicability of the strategy and its potential to inspire other similarly-sized cities (Turda has a population of around 50,000 inhabitants). The jury also found that the level of ambition within the plan was high given the relatively small size of the city, particularly in the field of shared mobility.

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The LIFE GYM [LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611] project is co-funded by the LIFE programme, the EU financial instrument for the environment.

 

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Start Date: 15 September 2015 – Duration: 35 months