European Mobility Week Award 2006
City of Copenhagen - pioneer in promoting
The City was recognised for its efforts to raise public awareness and try-out innovative solutions for reducing the negative impact of motor vehicle traffic during the European Mobility Week - an annual campaigning event taking place from 16 to 22 September each year.
The main objective of the City of Copenhagen for the European Mobility Week 2005 was to test 15 traffic experiments in various neighbourhoods - including for example the elaboration of a new traffic plan for the Mimergade area in connection with urban renovation. The plan includes proposals to prevent through traffic with a view to making the neighbourhood quieter and safer. The plan was tested by setting up ten physical barriers for cars. The barriers did not apply to cyclists and pedestrians. In addition, four marked parking spaces for shared cars were established. Copenhagen also launched many measures to increase safety around school zones.
The majority of the experiments were seen to have been successful and were also accepted and appreciated by the general public. The results of these tests provide a basis for the City to take informed decisions on whether to make the measures permanent. During the week, Copenhagen was also actively promoting the benefits of car-sharing, with an exhibition of shared cars and information about how citizens can participate in car-sharing schemes, which are much less expensive that owning a car.
As part of the European Mobility Week 2005, the City of Copenhagen made the city centre car-free for three days in a row and the city centre was given back to pedestrians and cyclists. The city organised activities focusing on sustainable mobility that were attended by many citizens. For example, Copenhagen organised guided cycling tours and courses, various public debates on sustainable traffic as well as children games and street theatre plays.
During these three days, various measurements and interviews were conducted in order to assess public opinion. The results will provide a basis for the City Council to consider whether citizens would be ready to accept permanent restrictions on motor vehicles in the city centre. According to the survey, 81% of the city's inhabitants were aware of the Mobility Week, and some 89% were aware of the Car-Free Days.
The Environment Awards Ceremony took place at the Théâtre Saint-Michel in Brussels, in the framework of the annual "Green Week" conference and exhibition, organised by the European Commission. The ceremony was hosted by Nicholas Hanley from the European Commission (Directorate-General for the Environment) and Martine Prenen from Belgian Television (VRT), who handed out prizes to the winners.
The aim of the European Mobility Week Award is to recognise cities' efforts to raise public awareness and promote more sustainable transport through actions taken in the framework of the annual European Mobility Week, from 16 to 22 September each year. Alongside Copenhagen, the other nominated authorities were the City of Budapest (Hungary) and the town of Koprivnica (Croatia). The information provided by the nominated cities constitutes a valuable source of ideas and experiences to be used by other local authorities.
Green Week is an annual conference and exhibition organized by the European Commission (Directorate-General for the Environment). http://ec.europa.eu/environment/greenweek/home.html
European Mobility Week is an annual awareness-raising event, based on a partnership between the core consortium (EUROCITIES, Energie-Cités, Climate Alliance), representatives from national ministries and agencies, European and International Associations and Organisations, and the European Commission. www.mobilityweek-europe.org
Original Press Release (PDF): mobilityweek-europe.org/IMG/pdf/award_2006_winner.pdf