Over 2.000 European towns and cities are expected to participate in the 12th edition of European Mobility Week, an annual campaign promoting sustainable urban travel. This year’s edition will run from 16 to 22 September under the slogan ‘Clean air – It’s your move!’.
The campaign raises awareness about the impact of transport on local air quality, and encourages citizens all over Europe to improve their health and well-being by changing their day-to-day mobility behaviour.
The 2013 edition of European Mobility Week coincides with the European Year of Air, an area EU policy makers are currently reviewing through the Thematic Strategy on Air Quality. Bad air continues to have a major impact on the health of European citizens, leading to respiratory and cardiac complications, premature deaths and shorter life expectancy. Air pollution also affects the environment, resulting in acidification, biodiversity loss, ozone depletion and climate change.
Urban traffic is a growing source of air pollution – specifically when it comes to particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide. Local authorities therefore have the responsibility to develop urban transport strategies that meet mobility demand, protect the environment, improve air quality and make the city a better place to live.
By adopting the slogan “Clean air – It’s your move!” European Mobility Week is underlining that we all have a part to play, and that even small changes, such as commuting by bicycle rather than taking the car, opting for public transport, or choosing to walk, can significantly enhance the quality of life in European town and cities.