(16 September 2013) – Over 2 000 European towns and cities are expected to participate in the 12th edition of European Mobility Week, which begins today.
European Mobility Week is an annual campaign on sustainable urban mobility, organised with the support of the European Commission. The campaign, which runs from 16-22 September every year, aims to encourage European local authorities to introduce and promote sustainable transport measures, and to invite citizens to try out alternatives to the private car.
The 2013 edition takes place at a time when EU policy makers are reviewing air policy with a view to launching a revised strategy later on in the year.
Urban traffic is a growing source of air pollution – especially when it comes to particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide. Local authorities often have the responsibility to develop urban transport strategies that meet mobility demand, protect the environment, improve air quality and make the city a better place to live.
With the slogan “Clean air – It’s your move!” – European Mobility Week is underlining that we all have a part to play, and that even small changes, such as providing more options for people to take public transport, share journeys, commute by bicycle rather than taking the car, or simply walk, can enhance the quality of life in European town and cities.