First EU Urban Mobility Days focus on zero-emission transport

Many cities adapted their plans to keep people and goods moving during the Covid-19 outbreak

Photo: EU Electric cargo bike riding in Brussels.

Automated travelling, driverless and electric transport solutions, hydrogen city bus that only emits water and improves air quality are just a slice of the big topic ‘Zero-emission mobility for all’, that will be in the forefront of the first Urban Mobility Days. The initiative starts on Tuesday, 29 September and will run until Friday, 2 October.

The event brings together policymakers, local authorities, NGOs, researchers and other mobility practitioners, experts, altogether 2,000, for a virtual debate on the most important themes in urban mobility nowadays. A conference during the Urban Mobility Days will focus on solutions to make mobility in cities and towns more sustainable, with a view to making Europe a carbon-neutral continent by 2050, as set out in the European Green Deal.

Already many European cities adapted their infrastructure and mobility plans to keep people and goods moving during the Covid-19 outbreak. The conference will also discuss on resilience and the role of urban mobility in the pandemic.

This has been a challenging year for our towns and cities, but the pandemic is also an opportunity to rethink how we can make mobility in urban areas safer, cleaner and accessible to all,  Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean commented. She underscored that as the first EU event gathering all urban mobility stakeholders, “Urban Mobility Days 2020 is the right place to take stock of the challenges we face and discuss solutions to address them.”

The event will showcase measures to foster a carbon-neutral and inclusive urban environment across Europe, with CIVITAS Living Labs projects playing a prominent role. The CIVITAS Awards will be presented to towns and cities for their outstanding work to adapt to changing circumstances and to foster successful urban mobility through involvement in the Initiative. The calls for applications for the next  European Mobility Week Awards and EU Urban Road Safety Award will also be launched at the event.

 

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