EMW announces winners of its two mobility awards
The big news is finally revealed! On 23 March, the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award Ceremony was held in Ghent, Belgium, announcing the winners of its two mobility awards given in recognition of exceptional sustainable mobility practices in 2022.
And the (first) winner is... Metropolia GZM!
Congratulations, Metropolia GZM! This unit of 41 municipalities in Poland is the winner of the first-ever 2022 MOBILITYACTION Award, due to their impressive achievement of transforming a car park at the local university campus into an interactive, green pedestrian area. This process resulted in the engagement of a broad range of relevant stakeholders, the undertaking of measures calming traffic, and the provision of pleasant urban space for people rather than for parking.
The MOBILITYACTION award was launched by the European Commission in 2022 to reward excellence in mobility management. The elements of innovation and transferability also play a key role in the criteria weighed to select the finalists and winners. POLIS is responsible for managing the process, with the support of EUROCITIES and ICLEI.
The award brings extra attention to MOBILITYACTIONS, which promote and provide visibility to sustainable mobility solutions year-round, with a registration process open to all adults. Focusing specifically on ‘mobility management’, the award is geared towards recognising initiatives that take place throughout the year from civil society organisations, businesses, educational institutions, NGOs, and individuals.
And the (second) winner is... Braga!
Congratulations, Braga! This Portuguese city is the winner of the 2022 EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award. The jury was impressed by their commitment to ‘better connect’ people and raise awareness on sustainable mobility. This included engaging stakeholders such as local businesses, universities, and residents. During the main week of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK campaign, Braga worked with over one hundred companies to open streets to pedestrians and create green interactive spaces with activities for all ages. The city’s bike-share service was launched. A “Mobility Safari” was also held as a unique way to illustrate the impacts of sustainable mobility on reaching decarbonization goals.
The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK award acknowledges municipalities that have gone above and beyond in promoting sustainable urban mobility during the week of 16-22 September.
And the last (but certainly not least) winner is... 5 Ukrainian cities!
During the award ceremony, in addition to recognising the mobility awards winners' accomplishments, attention was drawn to the five courageous Ukrainian cities and towns that took part in the MOBILITYWEEK campaign despite Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine. This materialised in a Special Mention Award accepted by the National Coordinator for Ukraine Lesya Loyko.
To find out more about the campaign and the awards, click here.