Event
20/09/2022 - 22/09/2022 Brno, Czech Republic

Urban Mobility Days 2022

You can register now for Urban Mobility Days, taking place in Brno (Czech Republic)! Across three days, the event will tackle the key aspects of sustainable urban mobility, examining the biggest challenges and solutions.

 

Following in the footsteps of previous successful conferences, this year’s theme is Moving people and goods more sustainably”. More than 70% of Europeans live in cities, and urban areas account for around 23% of the EU’s GHG transport emissions. If we are to achieve ambitious climate targets, transforming urban mobility will be critical.

Across three days, policymakers, local authorities, academics, NGOs, urban transport practitioners, and urban planners convene to traverse the length and depth of sustainable urban mobility, examining the challenges and solutions at hand.

POLIS' members have played a leading role in the Urban Mobility Days over the last several years. In 2019, Groningen hosted the event, while POLIS colleagues and our member cities including Barcelona, Leuven, Helmond, and Madrid have taken to the stage to share their approaches to road safety, citizen engagement, mobility as a service, and other key sustainable transport issues.

The conference is being organised together with the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU and will take place in Brno. This is the second largest city of the Czech Republic, and a pioneer of many cutting-edge mobility initiatives.

Urban Mobility Days takes place every two years and combines the CIVITAS Forum Conference and European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs). This year’s event coincides with European Mobility Week taking place every year from 16-22 September.

This year’s event will also place youth participation front and centre on the path to sustainable mobility. Young people are not only victims of climate change, they are also valuable contributors to climate action. And as 2022 is the European Year of Youth, Urban Mobility Days will elevate young voices and views, exploring how Europe’s young people can be part of the path towards climate resilience.

 

PROGRAMME - DAY 1

 Grand Opening

The Grand Opening features Adina Vălean, European Commissioner for Transport, Martin Kupka, Minister of Transport of the Czech Republic, and Markéta Vaňková, Mayor of Brno.

 

Active Travel and Public Transport

The pandemic has transformed our urban mobility landscape, raising expectations for walking and cycling infrastructure, while placing new pressure on public transport systems.

At the same time, we find ourselves at another critical crossroad. Emissions reduction targets loom to combat the climate crisis and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has underscored the importance of enhancing Europe's zero- and low carbon transport alternatives.

What are the solutions? Our first plenary moderated by Walter Goetz, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Vălean, brings together:

  • François Bausch, Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg
  • Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP)
  • Jill Warren, CEO of European Cyclists' Federation (ECF)
  • Heather Allen, Board Member of Walk21
  • Markus Villig, Founder and CEO of Bolt
  • Barbara Stoll, Director of the Clean Cities Campaign

 

TEN-T Urban Nodes

How can we better integrate the urban nodes in the trans-European transport network? How can we successfully cater for long-distance passenger and freight traffic and local, regional mobility needs within an urban node? Our panel dives in. Herald Ruijters, European Commission's Director for Investment, Innovative & Sustainable Transport, convenes the following panellists to examine the solutions at hand:

  • Andrey Novakov, Member of the European Parliament
  • Iva Rorečková, Head of Transport Development Policy and Strategy Division, Brno City Municipality
  • Françoise Guaspare, Senior Policy Advisor, Île-de-France Europe
  • Koen Kennis, Deputy Mayor of Antwerp and Chair of CIVITAS Policy Advisory Committee

 

CIVITAS 20th Anniversary and Gala Dinner

A celebration of the 20th Anniversary of CIVITAS together with an award ceremony and gala dinner (19h30), provide the perfect opportunity for networking with your peers.

Register now to secure your place!
Further information regarding the programme can be found on the website: https://www.eumd.org