The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards 2018 held its ceremony last night in Brussels and announced its two winners: Lindau (Germany) in the category of smaller municipalities (less than 50,000 inhabitants) and Lisbon (Portugal) in the category of larger cities. Congratulations to all Lindauers and Lisboetas!
With a record number of 91 applications from 21 countries, the jury had a lot to choose from. Together with Lindau and Lisbon, four other cities made it to the finalist status: Karditsa (Greece) and Oliveira do Bairro (Portugal) in the category of smaller municipalities and Gdynia (Poland) and Palma (Spain) in the category of larger cities.
Lindau impressed the jury with its ambitious measures and activities promoting multimodality, the theme of the 2018 EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK campaign ('Mix and Move!') and a key concept for improving sustainable mobility.
“Knowing that 6% of its travelers use public transport, Lindau took its modal split into account by implementing ambitious measures that facilitate combined use of public transport and other sustainable mobility modes”, explains Cynthia Bonsignore, Senior Communications Manager here at UITP and a member of the jury for the EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK Awards.
These measures include the introduction of BODO, an integrated public transport ticketing system enabling easier and cheaper connections between bus and rail networks, and the installation of KLiMo mobility stations that link cycling to public transport by providing bicycle racks, bike boxes, charging stations and service stations.
With its name on the list of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards finalists for several consecutive years, Lisbon finally made it to the podium. The jury was impressed by the city’s clear and compelling vision for the future, with a strong focus on quality of public space, inclusivity and accessibility for all. The Portuguese capital city is implementing a number of measures that contribute to a serious shift in its modal split towards walking and cycling, such as the “A Square At Each Neighbourhood” Programme, which involves pedestrianisation of entire streets and squares, parking suppression and the creation of new bicycle lanes.
"We were very happy to see a capital city like Lisbon embracing such a comprehensive and proactive approach on sustainable mobility. The city put a lot of effort in promoting the values of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK campaign and engaging its citizens in the process. I think this result goes hand in hand with the European Cyclists’ Federation recent decision to ride into Lisbon for Velo-city 2021, the greatest conference on cycling policies in the world!” said jury member Niccolò Panozzo, Networks and Projects Manager at European Cyclists' Federation (ECF).
Lisbon was also praised for its outstanding campaign during the mobility week, during which both residents and visitors of all ages were invited to take part in a wide range of engaging events. Among other activities, children could embark in the “Orient Express Cycle”, a convoy of bicycles travelling from home to school, and pedestrians could stroll down some major streets closed to traffic and take part in a variety of workshops and seminars to discuss sustainable mobility.
The awards ceremony was also the occasion to celebrate Greater Manchester (United Kingdom), the winner of the 7th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility and Planning (SUMP). Greater Manchester convinced the jury with its innovative use of smart technologies to increase the share of journeys made using sustainable modes of transport. The jury also appreciated the city’s mobility planning approach, following which measures are adapted to each part of the city individually, according to its size, location and function.