EUROCITIES member Bremen was revealed as the winner of the 2014 Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan Award at a ceremony in Brussels on 23 March.
Bremen was recognised for its imaginative and systematic approach to monitoring and evaluating its sustainable urban mobility plan (SUMP).
The city was awarded the €10,000 prize thanks to its innovative approach, which uses an interactive web platform to gather feedback from residents.
Bremen used this information to conduct a SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunity, threat) analysis and examined five different scenarios showing the effect of various measures, like major investment in public transport and promoting walking and cycling. These scenarios showed that promoting active mobility was the most effective strategy for Bremen.
The judges were impressed by Bremen’s ability to continue learning and communicate the lessons learnt effectively with stakeholders. It hosted town hall meetings and set up public information booths to raise awareness among residents.
EUROCITIES members Dresden and Ghent were the other finalists for the Sustainable Urban Mobility Award.
Also being presented at the ceremony on 23 March was the European Mobility Week (EMW) Award. Ostersund in Sweden was recognised for its efforts to promote sustainable urban mobility during European Mobility Week 2014 and throughout the year. EUROCITIES members Murcia and Vienna were also finalists for this award. Ostersund wins a three-minute promotional video to showcase its sustainable urban mobility measures.
Violeta Bulc, European commissioner for transport, presented Bremen’s SUMP award, while Karl Falkenberg from the European Commission’s DG environment, presented the EMW award to Ostersund.
The SUMP award is presented each year to local authorities that demonstrate excellence in a given theme related to SUMPs, with this year’s focus on monitoring and evaluation. Bremen was selected from a total of 17 applications from 10 countries.
The EMW award recognises the local authority that is deemed to have done the most in raising public awareness of sustainable mobility issues and implementing measures to achieve a shift towards sustainable urban transport. This year’s finalists were selected for their strong link with the EMW 2014 theme of ‘our streets, our choice’. A total of 38 cities from 18 countries applied.
Read more about the awards on the EMW website, http://www.mobilityweek.eu/
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