The European Commission today revealed the finalists of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award and the Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP). 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.
The finalists for the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2017 are:
- Granada (Spain)
- Prague (Czech Republic)
- Vienna (Austria)
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 EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award, recognising the sustainable mobility achievements of smaller cities in Europe. The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2017 finalists for municipalities with less than 50,000 inhabitants are:
- Igoumenitsa (Greece)
- Lindau (Germany)
- 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 6thSUMP Award finalists are:
- Greater Manchester (United Kingdom)
- Milan (Italy)
- 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.
All shortlisted cities were selected by an independent panel of mobility and transport experts.The three winners will be announced at a ceremony in Brussels (Belgium) on 21 March 2018. Commissioner Violeta Bulc, responsible for Transport, and Daniel Calleja, Director-General for Environment, will present the awards to the winning towns and cities.
The jury for the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2017 included:
- Cynthia Bonsignore, International Association Public Transport (UITP)
- Freya de Muynck, Traject mobility management
- Niccolò Panozzo, European Cyclists' Federation (ECF)
- Robert Pressl, FGM-AMOR
The jury for the 6th SUMP Award included:
- Mojca Balant, UIRS - Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia
- Angelo Meuleman, Taxistop
- Jörg Beckmann, Mobility Academy
The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK campaign runs from 16-22 September each year, providing towns and cities with an opportunity to test out sustainable transport alternatives. By encouraging individuals to choose sustainable transport modes such as walking and cycling, we can lower our carbon emissions, improve the quality of our air, and make our urban areas more pleasant places to live and work.
2017 was the most successful edition of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK to date, with over 2,500 towns and cities participating.
For more information, visit www.mobilityweek.eu