Lisbon, Malmo, Skopje are the finalists of the EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK Award 2016, while Brussels, Budapest and Stockholm have been nominated for the 5th SUMP Award on urban freight.
Lisbon, Malmo, Skopje are the finalists of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2016, while Brussels, Budapest and Stockholm have been nominated for the 5th Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) Award on urban freight. With these two awards, the European Commission wants to recognise the incredible work done by European cities towards smarter and more sustainable urban transport.
The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK award is presented to the local authority has done the most to raise awareness of sustainable mobility during the last edition of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK (16-22 September 2016). Lisbon scored well for making its public space available to pedestrians, while Malmö’s main focus was on bicycles as a sustainable means of transport. The jury also pointed out the car-pooling project in Skopje helped its residents save money and protect the environment.
Other EUROCITIES members that make up the top 10 include Bialystok, Prague and Sofia. They displayed a long-term vision with strong communication and public involvement and have an integrated approach and strategy for rewarding sustainable transport behaviour in citizens.
An independent panel of mobility and transport experts selected the three finalists out of a total of 63 applications from 23 different countries. A total of 2,427 towns and cities – the highest participation rate ever – participated in the last edition of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, which took place from 16-22 September 2016. Cities organised activities in line with the campaign's annual theme: ‘Smart and sustainable mobility – an investment for Europe’ under the call-to-action ‘Smart mobility. Strong economy.’
The Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) Award aims to reward local authorities that have successfully developed a mobility plan addressing the diverse transport needs of people and businesses and, at the same time, improving quality of life. The 5th SUMP Award on urban freight focuses on integrating the movements of goods and services in sustainable urban mobility planning.
Brussels impressed the jury with its innovative logistics schemes; Budapest stood out for successfully integrating freight transport within the overall mobility strategy; and Stockholm for its strategy stimulating the local economy while limiting the adverse impact of urban freight. The jury also acknowledged high quality applications from Berlin, Naples and Rotterdam.
The winners of the two awards will be announced by Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport and by Daniel Calleja, Director General of DG Environment during an award ceremony to be held in Brussels on 20 March 2017.
More info on the finalists on the campaign's online press room