Speaking ahead of the launch event, EU Commissioner Bulc said: “EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is a reminder that each and every one of us can make a difference. If we choose to walk or cycle more, to favour collective or public transport or to combine these sustainable modes, Europe as a whole can reap considerable societal benefits. Put together, our individual choices can reduce CO2 emissions, urban congestion, noise, accidents, air pollution and create a better mobility."
As stressed by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in his speech on the state of the Union, the fight against climate change will be won or lost in cities, where 75% of Europeans live and where 80% of Europe’s energy is consumed. This year’s EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK will have a special focus on multimodality, allowing for citizens to choose, change and combine transport modes. Commissioner Bulc recorded a video message presenting her view of multimodality.
One of the highlights of this year's EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK will be the car-free day, during which cities are partially closed to motorised traffic, allowing only pedestrians, cyclists, public transport and clean vehicles (e.g. electric cars). This year, around 2,000 European towns and cities are also participating in the campaign with a full week of events focused on sustainable transport. Information on local campaign programmes can be found at http://www.mobilityweek.eu/cities/
EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK promotes EU policy in the areas of transport, climate change, energy efficiency and sustainable urban development. It also builds awareness about sustainable mobility with its message reaching approximately 170 million people in Europe and beyond.
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