- encourage the use of alternative forms of transport and travel other than private cars,
- raise awareness and inform city-dwellers of what is at stake so far as concerns long-term mobility in towns and the risks connected with pollution,
- show the town in another light thanks in particular to reduced motorised traffic within restricted areas.
Each European Mobility Week (EMW) focuses on a particular topic relating to sustainable mobility, the so-called focal theme. Local authorities are invited to organise activities for their citizens to raise awareness on the focal theme in particular. Moreover, municipalities were encouraged to launch and promote permanent measures that would support the theme.
The urban context poses the biggest challenge to the sustainability of transport in Europe. Our cities currently suffer the most from congestion, poor air quality and noise exposure. Fortunately, the urban environment also offers many alternatives in terms of mobility. Public transport choices are more widely available, as well as the option of walking and cycling. There are many examples where Europe’s cities are leading the way for the use of alternative fuels and cleaner and more energy-efficient vehicles. But efforts need to be stepped up as these problems are not simply local matters but concern the EU as a whole. Commissioner for Transport, Siim Kallas
To find out more, and get involved in this year's European Mobility Week, visit www.mobilityweek.eu