EU Sustainable Mobility Awards showcase child-friendly policies

Creating safer paths for youngsters walking to school and involving children more in city cycling tours are among the nominees in the latest annual European Union sustainable mobility awards.

The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards showcase how both large and small municipalities are innovating in urban mobility planning and road safety measures that affect all citizens.

As in previous years, they include several schemes that put children at the heart of cities’ plans, and which successfully promoted sustainable mobility policies during last September’s EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK.

The SUMP Award rewards excellence in sustainable urban mobility planning, while the EU Urban Road Safety Award celebrates outstanding road safety measures. The annual theme for all awards was ‘Safe and Healthy with Sustainable Mobility’.

Stand-out nominees include:

European Mobility Week Award:

Larger municipalities (more than 100,000 residents)

  • Amadora (Portugal) – for the integration of all age groups at sustainable mobility events – such as cycling tours, electric vehicle tests and a dialogue organised with young environmental reporters
  • Kassel (Germany) – for organising creative activities during the main event week, like a treasure hunt for campaign mascots throughout the city and more involvement of children in sustainable mobility through walking and cycling tours

Smaller municipalities (under 100,000 residents)

  • Miajadas (Spain) – for its strong focus on the creation of safe pathways to school, cycling networks and improved pedestrian mobility, including the permanent reallocation of road space and more visible signage for vehicles and pedestrians;

SUMP Award

  • Tampere (Finland) – for focusing on the essential role of health and safety in sustainable urban mobility, including initiatives for more vulnerable groups as well as interlinking health, equality, the environment and poverty by highlighting the role of mobility within quality urban spaces.

The EU says: “EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK runs from 16-22 September every year, providing towns and cities with an opportunity to try out innovative planning measures, promote new infrastructure and raise awareness about sustainable mobility within their communities. By encouraging people to choose sustainable transport modes such as walking and cycling, we can lower our carbon emissions, improve air quality, and make our urban areas more pleasant places to live and work.”

EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is organised with the political and financial support of the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission.

Click here more information on the awards nominees.

Author: Simon Weedy

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