European Mobility Week

European Mobility Week, what is it?

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. The Week culminates in the “In Town without My Car!” event, where participating towns and cities set aside one or several areas solely for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport for a whole day.

The city of Belgrade will also participate in the European Mobility week this year by organizing special activities during each of the seven days of the event, aiming at promoting green means of transportation and alternative mobility. Everyone is welcome to participate in these activities. The city is not alone in this: UNDP Serbia and the EU Delegation in Serbia also support and assist in organizing activities within the thick schedule of the September 16 – 22 week.

Alternative mobility, what is it?

Car usage causes emissions of gases with negative effects on the quality of air in cities, and with permanent negative effect on the ozone layer and climate changes. This is why each one of us should do everything in his or her power to avoid using a car, especially for covering shorter distances (less than 5 km), and switch to using alternative means of transportation. Alternative mobility consists of public transportation, railway and green transportation modes such as walking or cycling. Our wish is to inform and educate the citizens of Belgrade and Serbia, members of all age groups, on the importance of the green modes of transportation: tram, trolleybus, railway, bus, bicycle and of course walking.

This year, the central topic of the European Mobility Week is the Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning. Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans define a set of interrelated measures that gradually bring closer to reaching the needs of citizens and businesses related to mobility, while enhancing the quality of life in the cities. Furthermore, an integrated approach to planning represents an advantage when it comes to finding ways for financing such activities, as it is more and more often presented as a precondition for applying for various funds.

Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans intend to balance the environment quality with the economic development and social equity. They lead to:

A higher quality and attractiveness of the urban environment;
Lower greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption;
Improved accessibility for all;
Improved safety and security;
Reduced air and noise pollution;
Transporting people and goods more efficiently and more cost-effectively.

European Mobility Week 2012 in Belgrade
European Mobility Week 2011 in Belgrade