第13屆年度歐洲易行周於前（22）日落幕，共有超過2000個城市共襄盛舉。今年的主題是「聽我們的聲音，想像我們的城市」（Our streets, our choice），鼓勵公民「收回」都市空間權，創造自己最想要居住的城市。
今年歐盟依照「好事組合」（Do the Right Mix）活動辦法，舉辦第3屆2014年永續都市移動計畫（Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan，SUMP）獎，表揚發展出符合需要又有效率的永續運輸計畫城市，獎項為1萬歐元，並可受到國際表揚。
Over 2,000 European towns and cities are participating in the 13th annual European Mobility Week, a week-long series of events from September 16-22 coordinated by a consortium backed by the European Commission.
The aim of this year’s European Mobility Week, with the slogan “Our streets, our choice,” is to encourage citizens to “reclaim” urban spaces to create the city they want to live in, organizers say.
Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, in charge of transport, said, “For too long, private cars have determined how cities are planned. But nowadays, €100 billion are lost to our economies every year due to congestion, not to speak of the effects on people’s time and health. Therefore, I’m very pleased to see the enthusiastic uptake of this year’s European Mobility Week. I’m sure there are plenty of good ideas around on how we can better shape where we live.”
Towns and cities that plan a full week of events, introduce permanent measures and set up a car-free day can apply for the European Mobility Week Award.
During European Mobility Week, citizens in more than 2000 cities in 43 countries are participating in sustainable commuting challenges, teleworking campaigns, flash mobs, car free day events, creative competitions and festivals.
In Valencia, Spain, residents are reclaiming Compas Centre as a car-free public space for sustainable mobility.
When the Valencia city walls were demolished in 1865, the area became a shared space for bicycles, public transport and pedestrians moving between the city center and outlying districts. But recently the area was transformed into a ring road for motor vehicles. The aim of this action is to revert this inner ring road back to a car-free public space for sustainable mobility, first for a single day, and eventually permanently.
Across Austria cities and towns are holding “Blooming Streets” painting competitions. Children have the chance to reclaim their streets by painting streets the way they would like to shape them. This initiative is organized through schools and with the best effort earning a prize.
This year, the EU is launching the 2014 Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) award within the framework of the “Do the Right Mix” campaign.
In its third edition, the award recognizes outstanding work being carried out by cities and local authorities across Europe to meet the transport needs of their communities in an effective and sustainable way.
The winning region or local authority will receive a prize of €10, 000 and international recognition for its initiatives.