Ljubljana was on 24 March revealed as the winner of the 2013 European Mobility Week award
EUROCITIES member Ljubljana has won the European Mobility Week (EMW) award for the second time. The Slovenian city was previously awarded the title in 2003, and has now been recognised for its efforts to promote sustainable mobility and raise awareness of the importance of air quality among school pupils. Through more than 250 events, the city engaged with 29 primary schools and 16 kindergartens for its campaign. For the annual ‘car free day’, Ljubljana restricted access to one of its main boulevards, Slovenska Street, which is usually heavily congested. The city is now in the process of pedestrianising the zone.
The European Mobility Week award is one of two annual awards promoting sustainable urban transport. The other is the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) award, which offers €10,000 to the local authority that shows excellence in core components when developing and implementing their SUMPs. This year’s award focused on ‘the integration of economic, social and environmental policy criteria’ and was given to Rivas Vaciamadrid in Spain. The other finalists were EUROCITIES member Strasbourg and Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain.
Ljubljana wins a three-minute promotional video, to be produced in English and Slovenian, which will highlight the sustainable mobility achievements that won it the award. EUROCITIES member Budapest was also a finalist for the award, along with Ostersund in Sweden.
Previous EUROCITIES members that have won the award are: Zagreb (2012); Bologna (2011); Budapest (2008); Copenhagen (2005); Nantes (2004); and Ljubljana (2003).
To find out more about the EMW award and to watch a video about the finalists, visit: http://www.mobilityweek.eu/award/.
To see a video on the SUMP award winner, Rivas Vaciamadrid, visit: http://dotherightmix.eu/media-library?type=youtube