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.
Cities and towns around the world held activities under this year’s theme of 'Smart and sustainable mobility - an investment for Europe', referring to the close ties between transport and economics. Many cities held a Car Free Day, in which areas of the city were closed off to motorised vehicles and opened to citizens, while others held activities that showcased the benefits of opting for sustainable modes of travel. A sizeable portion of those participating also enacted permanent measures that encourage a shift to low-carbon forms of mobility.
Cities that carried out all three of the European Mobility Week criteria are eligible to apply for the
European Mobility Week Award. Winners of the award receive a three-minute video in both English and their native language highlighting their achievements.
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 theme for 2017 will be 'Clean, shared and intelligent mobility'.
For more information, visit the European Mobility Week website.