“Mix and Move” is the theme of the European Mobility Week from 16 to 22 September, focusing this year on multimodality and the mix of various modes of transport.
Since 2002, the European Mobility Week has been seeking to improve public health and quality of life by promoting clean mobility and sustainable urban transport. The campaign provides people with an opportunity to explore the function of their cities’ streets and test out practical solutions to urban issues like air pollution.
Over 2,660 cities across Europe are taking part in the 2018 edition, including the Croatian city of Zadar which joined Energy Cities in 2014.
ZADAR is proposing throughout the week a programme of activities aimed at raising public awareness and promoting sustainable urban mobility, especially cycling to work.
21 and 22 September are the high points of the week in Zadar with activities, a competition, conferences and a major event about awareness campaigns in relation to fighting environmental pollution and promoting public transport and alternative modes of travel.
Zadar is also one of the cities involved in the LIFE-Living Streets project which has just ended.
Living Streets is a real-life experiment which for two months allows citizens to transform their streets into the living place they have always dreamt of, thus giving shape to the city of tomorrow.
In Zadar, the “living streets” were organised in the Voštarnica district, a derelict area close to the historic city-centre. The objective was to revive this area by enabling citizens to reclaim ownership of it and make this part of the city a focal point by attracting people to cultural and artistic events.
22 September is a car-free day in Zadar as in many European cities. This echoes the call by the mayors of Brussels and Paris for a European car-free day to reduce air pollution.
And read about all the “living streets” experiments in the publication “Living streets – from citizen engagement to citizen ownership : a guidebook for municipalities“.
|Living streets – from citizen engagement to citizen ownership|
A guidebook for municipalities
Today, European cities face challenges in urban planning and other societal issues, such as job creation, climate change, land use, immigration and so on, but are also the best placed to find solutions. At the same time local authorities are no longer perceived to be the only actor to solve complex issues faced in cities. Local authorities, businesses and residents more than ever need each other to find creative solutions to challenge their way of thinking, acting and learning. We believe that in every city there are many people from different backgrounds, from companies, local associations and municipalities ready to join forces and search for these solutions. Through the Living Streets we bring the energy and creativity of people together and are making the city of tomorrow visible today.
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© photos : ville de Zadar, University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability from Ann Arbor
September 21, 2018