Ten years ago, the European Commission invited municipalities across the EU to take action against the threat of climate change and to improve the quality of life for citizens by making cities more pleasant places to live in. This brochure focuses on 22 cities which have featured in the Mobility Week awards in the last ten years.
From a small event involving some 320 cities in 2002, European Mobility Week has grown into a phenomenon which included a record 2,221 cities in 2011. Much has changed over the past decade. We are more aware of how personal mobility choices affect our well-being and that of our neighbours.
There is a growing awareness of the need for alternative forms of transport, to cut greenhouse gas emissions and produce less of the pollutants that contribute to respiratory diseases and damage our environment. The health benefits of cleaner transport are numerous, from improved fitness, as people adopt walking or cycling as part of their daily routine, to higher economic efficiency and economic growth.
This brochure highlights the broad range of original ideas and activities that have formed part of the mobility week brand - many of them the fruit of grass-roots initiatives by local communities - and the permanent impact they have had both on the urban environment and on people's behaviour. It is a fitting tribute to inspiration coupled with hard work and determination