European Mobility Week promotes zero-emission trips

Car-free streets, walking tours and interactive workshops are among the initiatives on the agenda for 16–22 September

On Wednesday starts the 19th European Mobility Week, the European Commission’s yearly campaign promoting clean and sustainable urban mobility. Running from 16–22 September, the event will see thousands of towns and cities from over 40 countries organising activities that put zero-emission mobility for all, such as car-free streets, walking tours and interactive workshops on road safety and sustainable mobility. 

It includes also car-free day initiative, when roads are closed for motorised traffic and open for people on foot, bike, e-scooter, among others.

This year is a big challenge for our towns and cities, said Adina Vălean, EU Commissioner for Transport, adding that the pandemic also showed that people appreciate and expect our cities to become safer, cleaner and accessible to all. She specified that during this week and beyond, the partner cities from all around Europe will show how greener and more digital European towns and cities could look.

In cooperation with the campaign, the European network of road traffic police forces - ROADPOL is organising a new campaign for road safety – the ROADPOL Safety Days. The national police forces will record the number of road fatalities on 17 September, aiming to reach zero deaths on that day. This year's theme ‘zero-emission mobility for all’ does not only reflect the European Green Deal’s ambitious targets of a carbon-neutral continent by 2050, but also the often overlooked importance of accessibility to zero-emission transport.

On 20 September, Brussels will have its traditional Car Free Sunday. From 9:30 am till 7 pm, car traffic is not allowed and the ban applies to all motorised vehicles, including LPG automobiles and electric vehicles with 2, 3 or 4 wheels.

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