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European Mobility Week 

The European Mobility Week is an activity that the European Commission started in 2002 as a way of promoting changes in the mobility of people to more sustainable transport solutions. It’s celebrated every year from the 16th to the 22nd of September with different activities planned during the week. The last day it’s always “Car Free Day”.

According to the thematic guidelines 2020, the theme was selected to reflect on the desire of individuals across Europe to reconnect with each other after several months of isolation, restrictions, and limitations. Better connected transport means better-connected places and people, which is a key focus of the European Green Deal1 of the European Commission.

Every single year, the theme of the week is different. For 2022 the theme is “Better Connection” it’s based on People, Places, Packages, Planning, and Policy. And there are already 2784 cities registered to participate in the actions that will come out for the week. 

It’s important to communicate with younger generations to share the vision of the European Mobility Week, and for that they recommend: 

1. It is necessary to engage with and create a meaningful dialogue with young people so that they are part of the core of the policy-making process. 

2. Diversify the youth audience; it should represent a range of different ages and backgrounds.

3. Engagement should be genuine, and not simply for the sake of saying it was done, for it to be truly valuable and constructive within the mobility planning process.

4. Acknowledge the importance and link between transport accessibility, opportunities, and barriers to youth.

5. Young people are more likely to support sustainable transportation options moving forward.

There have been so many initiatives coming out of the European Mobility Week, such as: 

• Creating meeting places in Malmö, Sweden

• Traffic calming in Bytom, Poland

• Creating physical barriers for a car-free centre in Salzburg, Austria

• Barren industrial land to nature reserves – a transformation of the Ruhr area Germany

• Enhanced pedestrian zones in Ljubljana, Slovenia

• State of the art bicycle parking in Utrecht, The Netherlands

• Automated parking tower in Třinec, Czechia

• Integration of bicycle parking into the regional network in Île-de-France, France

• Restructuring urban delivery in Barcelona, Spain

• Conversion of a car park into an urban consolidation centre in Madrid, Spain

Get involved and find more information at the official site for the European Mobility Week: EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK |  Theme 2022

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