Mixing transport modes to improve quality of life: Commission launches the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK
This Sunday, the European Commission will kick off the 17th edition of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK taking place from 16 to 22 September across more than 2400 towns and cities.
The objective of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is to promote sustainable urban mobility and reduce emissions, particularly in cities. In doing so, it contributes to the EU commitments of defending the Paris Agreement and leaving a healthier planet behind for those that follow, as they were outlined by President Juncker in his State of the Union address. This year edition will encourage people to use shared forms of transportation such as bicycle and car sharing under the slogan ‘Mix and Move”. Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: “With this year’s edition of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, we want to encourage everyone to consider different mobility options and select the most appropriate ones for each trip. By mixing the ways we move, we can save time, improve our health, and lower our transport costs. This week is also an opportunity for cities to accelerate this social shift by making sure the right services and infrastructure are in place.” Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, said: “Mixing and moving means supporting a transition to a more human transport system. It means promoting cleaner, more fuel-efficient modes, and more human-powered travel. It’s a great way of keeping the focus at the local level and helping European towns and cities to improve the environmental performance of their transport system. It means cleaner air, quieter cities, and healthier citizens – what’s not to like?” The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK will include events such as car-free days all across Europe and the third edition of the European day without a road death, which aims at raising awareness on road safety. More information is available here.