Valongo & Tampere triumph at the sustainable mobility awards

March 28, 2022

Valongo and Tampere, members of Eurocities, won two grand prizes at the European Commission’s sustainable urban mobility awards.

Valongo won the last European Mobility Week Prize in the category of small municipalities (less than 100,000 inhabitants). The judges were impressed with the Portuguese city’s efforts over the past year to transform itself into a green mobility haven.

Tampere won the Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning award for linking public health with active mobility in 2021 and for its focus on safety and accessibility.

The German city of Kassel has been crowned winner of the European Mobility Week award for large municipalities. The Greek municipality of Rethymno ranked first in the EU urban road safety category.

A moment of the European Mobility Week Awards ceremony in Brussels.

Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director General of the Directorate General for Transport and Mobility of the European Commissionannounced the four winners at a hybrid in-person and online ceremony in Brussels.

The awards recognize outstanding initiatives by municipalities and are part of the annual cycle of European Mobility Week. Created in 2002, European Mobility Week promotes sustainable modes of transport.

“With the new European Urban Mobility Framework, we will support better planning for sustainable urban mobility, placing public transport, walking and cycling at the heart of local authorities’ efforts to improve the daily lives of citizens”, Adina Valean, European remarked the transport commissioner.

European Mobility Week takes place the week of September 16-22 each year and attracts participants from Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Accessibility, health and local engagement

During last September’s edition of European Mobility Week, Valongo stood out for its numerous transport infrastructures as well as for its awareness-raising activities.

The city offers new and improved pedestrian zones, cycle paths, bicycle parking and battery car chargers, ticking all 21 boxesst mobility of the century. It also has a network of wheelchair ramps and an inspiring multimodal transport model, an example for others to follow.

Ultimately, however, such an innovative system could only succeed if it inspired and inspired residents to embrace change in the way they travel from place to place.

For Valongo, it was about encouraging the active participation of citizens: surveys encouraged residents to make their voices heard; meanwhile, creative initiatives such as an eco-pedal car and theater performances have further drawn children and organizations into the city’s mobility plan.

The Portuguese city beat impressive finalists Alimos (Greece) and Miajadas (Spain) in the small municipality category of the European Mobility Week Award.

Tampere won over the jurors for “linking health, equality, environment and poverty by highlighting the role of mobility within quality urban spaces”. The Finnish city was ahead of Madrid (Spain) and South Mitrovica (Kosovo), two worthy contenders for sustainable urban mobility planning.

Elsewhere in Europe, Kassel has been praised for forging a partnership between local and regional transport operators and for its activities inspiring behavior change among residents of all ages.

In the EU Urban Road Safety category, Rethymno convinced the judges with its inclusive approach to road safety. The city has outlined a plan to modernize the public transport system, encourage behavior change and establish collaboration with local partners.

European Mobility Week invites municipalities to create innovative sustainable mobility plans, promote new infrastructure and raise awareness in local communities. A total of 3,184 cities from 53 countries took part in the September 2021 edition.

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