Mobility

Mobility week: rethinking urban traffic

A large number of municipalities are organising activities focused on mobility

MobilitéitswochFrom 16 to 22 September, mobility in Luxembourg is the talk of the week. As part of the European mobility week, a large number of municipalities are organising activities focused on mobility. This year’s theme focuses on the concept of sharing. The slogan chosen in Luxembourg is “Zesumme mobil. Besser virukommen.” (Mobile together. Better progress).

The action takes place in the municipalities

Each year, the mobility week is everyone’s mouths. The Mobilitéitswoch (Mobility week), which is organised in Luxembourg by the Verkéiersverbond (Traffic community), encourages municipalities to organise activities to make local residents more aware of the given theme. Besides creating awareness, this campaign aims to improve public health and quality of life. Reaching out to the local residents is the most important, that is way the involvement of the municipalities is imperative.

The programme is caracterised by a wide range of activities and actions reaching from round-table discussions to bicycle tours, from the presentation of electric cars to car-free zones.

A great number of municipalities are participating in the “Tour du Duerf” (Tour of the village), organised by the Verkéiersverbond et le Klima-Bündnis Lëtzebuerg (Alliance for climate). The main goal of the “Tour du Duerf” is to make people aware of the benefits of the bicycle as a daily means of transportation, a goal shared by the mobility week.

So why not rethink your mobility habits and contribute to a healthier and safer environment.

From the Car-Free Day to the European mobility week

Former European Commissioner Margot Wallström is  the initiator of the mobility week. In fact, she introduced, in the year 2000, a Europe-wide Car-Free-Day. The success was so overwhelming that as of 2002 the European mobility week was created as a yearly event. The initiative encourages people to use sustainable mobility alternatives and tries to visualise the impact different mobility schemes have on the environment.

In 2017, 2,197 cities in 46 countries participate in this event.

The European Commission has fixed itself two major goals to be accomplished by 2050: zero emission urban centres and free the cities of all conventional motorised vehicles.

(Article written by the editorial team of the luxembourg.lu portal)

 

  • Updated 15-09-2017