Don Kent of Act TravelWise (above) announced the award recipients and Keith Kelly of Enterprise Car Club (below right) handed the awards to the recipients.
Best Mobility Action:
In the 'mobility action' category for bodies other than local authorities, the shortlisted candidates were Oxford Brookes University and Stanley Black and Decker. The winner was Oxford Brookes University. Ashley Hayden accepted the award on behalf of the university. Oxford Brookes' effort included a poster campaign, raffle (in which only those who used a sustainable mode were eligible), targeted emails and a second-hand bike sale.
Best Campaign - Smaller Towns and Cities:
In the smaller towns and cities (under 250,000 residents) category, the shortlisted candidates were Bath, Gloucester and St Andrews. The winner was Bath (Bath & North East Somerset Council). Georgi Tyler accepted the award on behalf of the council. Bath's campaign included a week of activities (Bathscape Walking Festival over six days), permanent measures such as improvement of bicycle network and facilities, introducing cargo bikes, traffic calming etc, and a car free day titled 'Love Milsom Street'.
Best Campaign - Larger Towns and Cities:
In the larger towns and cities (over 250,000 residents) category, the shortlisted candidates were Aberdeen and London. The winner was London (Greater London Authority). Taryn Ferguson accepted the award on behalf of the authority. London's main car free day event Reimagine. Your city. Car free. on 22 September involved a full range of activities on 17 miles traffic-free roads. In addition, 27 out of 32 boroughs took part in Play Streets and car free day events that closed nearly 700 miles of roads to motor vehicles.
Congratulations to the winners, those who were shortlisted and to all the local authorities that took part in TravelWise Week / European Mobility Week 2019! This was the year when the UK campaign turned the corner and the single figure number of participating towns and cities more than doubled.from 7 to 16. The participating local authorities are listed here.
World wide the number topped 3,000 for the first time with 3,135 towns and cities registered in total, in addition to 2,395 mobility actions (undertaken by e.g. companies and schools). In the UK there was a significant increase in smaller towns and a headline grabbing effort in London. Aberdeen celebrated 10 years of car free day events in the North East of Scotland. Smaller towns also joined in with St Andrews participating for the third time, along with Worcester, Bath, Milton Keynes, Exeter and Gloucester.
The work starts now for a big response from 16-22 September 2020, under the theme 'Zero Emission Mobility for All' and the call to action 'Choose Your Move!'. This will be relevant for all towns and cities across the UK, as air pollution and climate change take centre stage.
To register just click on https://mobilityweek.eu/registration/ and remember you can do a mobility action, a week of activities, a car free day and a permanent measure. We are aiming for over 30 UK local authorities taking part.
The TravelWise Week Awards will be for the best mobility action, best campaign (smaller towns and cities) and best campaign (larger towns and cities).