This year has seen the European Mobility Week campaign shatter its previous participation record, with an astounding 2,426 cities from 51 countries celebrating the week. The previous record was set in 2011 when 2,264 cities from 43 countries participated. In the UK, Scotland had the most impressive effort, representing 12 of the 18 UK registered local authorities. This was thanks to the efforts of Transport Scotland, which provided local event funding through the Business Improvement Districts national association.
The 15th annual European Mobility Week has been launched, with activities taking place across Europe from 16 to 22 September. The theme this year is 'Smart and sustainable mobility – an investment for Europe’. The main aim is to promote awareness of the economic benefits of investing in safe, clean transport for people and companies. Brexit has not discouraged the UK from signing up, with 17 towns and cities participating, up from 10 in recent years.
The European Commission has launched a call for applications for this year’s award for sustainable urban mobility planning. Local and regional authorities that have been exceptionally successful in integrating freight in the development and/or implementation of their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) will be recognised. Application deadline: 28 October 2016.
EPOMM - the European Platform on Mobility Management - has released its August 2016 e-update (published 22 August) on the topic of Overcoming Barriers to Mobility Management. The theme is described as follows:
Mobility management already has many success stories in Europe. But a systematic application of mobility management is still rare. That is the main reason why these successes so far have had a very limited impact on a European scale. In this e-update we will examine the main barriers that are holding back wide-scale implementation of mobility management or that counteract the impact of mobility management measures. We will also show some examples of ways to overcome barriers and some alternative, more beneficial policies.
Read the EPOMM E-Update here.