THE EUROPEAN WEEK OF SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY BEGINS

Today, September 16 and until the next day 22, the European Mobility Week is celebrated throughout Europe.

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Choose the theme for this year, Change, Combine your mobility, and offers us the possibility of leaving the car parked and choose other means of transport, such as cycling or public transport, more efficient and respectful of the environment.

This initiative emerged in Europe in 1999 and is celebrated every year, from September 16 to 22, carrying out activities to promote sustainable mobility and encouraging the development of good practices. On September 22, the event “The city, without my car!” Was born, the origin of this European initiative, which aims to find new solutions to the problems associated with increased traffic in cities.

The European cities famous for their sustainable mobility and respect for the environment and which serve as a model for developing the mobility plans of other European cities are:

Copenhagen

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European green capital 2014 and considered one of the most livable cities on the planet.

An investigation carried out by The Economist Intelligence Unit designated it as the most sustainable capital in Europe.

The city was chosen European Green capital in recognition of its urban model, and for being a pioneer city in terms of transport. It aims to become the most comfortable and practical city for cyclists in the world. Its goal is that 50% of its inhabitants go by bike to work or school already in this year 2015 (35% went by bike as early as 2010), and in this way help achieve the ambitious goal of being neutral emissions for 2025.

Freiburg

#Friburgo (Baden-Würtemberg) is a quiet, medium-sized city (215,000 inhabitants) located in the south-west of Germany, next to the forest reserve of the Black Forest.

It has been recognized on several occasions as an example of political coherence and ecological sustainability: the city’s measures to appease traffic , promote cleaner public transport or the use of bicycles began in 1969.

The German city continues to work on the improvement of its public transport networks, lanes that allow the use of the bicycle, advice to citizens who require it

VITORIA

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Vitoria has a plan of Sustainable Mobility Plan agreed by all the political groups that was launched in 2008.

Its objectives are:

  • Encourage the use of urban public transport and bicycle.
  • Restructure and strengthen the urban bus network in coordination with the tram.
  • Channel the traffic of private vehicles.
  • Expand pedestrian areas.
  • Release for public use part of the public space intended for traffic (pedestrian islands or superblocks).
  • Build new parking infrastructure.
  • Complete a safe and functional network of bike lanes.

It also participates in the CIVITAS initiative , a European program that helps cities to promote a sustainable, clean and economic urban transport system by implementing and evaluating packages of measures based on ambitious and integrated policies and technologies.

Innovation in the mobility systems of cities to achieve sustainable mobility is not only an improvement of the environment, but also an improvement in the quality of life of the citizens who live there.

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