European Mobility Week 2011 in Belgrade

In September 2011, within the scope of our project, the City of Belgrade has participated for the very first time in the European Mobility Week. During the seven days of the event, several activities have been specially organized in joint effort by UNDP Serbia and the City Secretariat for Transport.

European Mobility Week is an annual campaign on sustainable urban mobility, organized with the political and financial support of the Directorates-General for the Environment and Transport of the European Commission. The aim of the campaign, which runs from 16 to 22 September every year, encourages European local authorities to introduce and promote sustainable transport measures and to invite their citizens to try out alternatives to car use.

From 16 to 22 September several activities have been jointly organized by the project team from UNDP Serbia and the City Secretariat for Transport. The activities have been preceded by the distribution of leaflets specially designed for this occasion and the press conference announcing the upcoming events. Friday September 16 was reserved for the promotion of new trams and trolleybuses operating within the Public Transportation Company’s system, while Saturday September 17 was dedicated to pedestrians, as the main street between Trg Republike and Trg Slavija was closed down for traffic. On Sunday (September 18) the focus turned to cycling, and a promotional ride was organized in which many citizens took part, while representatives from several embassies joined them. Two workshops which were planned for the subsequent two days had to be cancelled due to rainy weather, however the first ever bicycle counter device was presented on Tuesday, September 20. The next day saw the presentation of new zones of slow traffic, while Thursday, September 22 saw the climax of the activities. Thursday was the designated car-free day, but the European Mobility Week was officially closed at the exhibition of children’s drawings on the subject of Alternative Mobility. Over 1300 drawings made by pupils from Belgrade elementary schools were received during the competition period, and the jury consisting of representatives of the Ministry of Environment, Mining and Spatial Planning, City Secretariat for Transport and UNDP Serbia selected 110 drawings which were later put on display at the Ozone gallery in Belgrade. Furthermore, the author of 10 best works received special prizes: an electric bike was awarded to the author of the best drawing, while 9 second-prized author received bicycles as a prize.

Presentation ENM 2011.