European Mobility Week 2020

European Mobility Week, the flagship EU awareness raising campaign promoting sustainable ways of moving around in our cities, has come to an end. Despite difficult (Coronavirus…) times, almost 3000 towns and cities from 52 countries worldwide have participated!

Probably its most well-known feature is the car-free day, when streets close to private motorised traffic are open for pedestrians, cyclists, hover-boarders, e-scooter riders and more! In Brussels we could experience it last Sunday 20 September when – encouraged by sunny weather – thousands of people took onto streets. On that day private motorised vehicles were not allowed to circulate between 9.30 and 19.00 unless in possession of a permit. Public transportation like buses, taxis, trams and emergency vehicles were still allowed to use the streets. On Sunday everybody in Brussels could see, feel and smell a very different city, with much, much less noise and fresher air[1] – and of course without traffic jams, at least not the classical one! Many children used the opportunity to learn how to ride a bike or a scooter, and many families seemed to have great fun.

The number of cyclist in Brussels have been rising steadily in the past years but recently built new cycling paths and the pandemic have further sped-up this trend. According to official data, we have got 76% cyclists more in 1 year. This was also visible on Sunday

The theme of 2020 edition of European Mobility Week is zero-emission mobility for all. It links to the need to decarbonise our transport and economy, as announced in the European Green Deal, while at the same time hinting that mobility should be affordable and accessible for all in our society.

Generation 2004 supports promotion of  healthier and more sustainable alternatives to car in the city, including when it comes to commuting to work.

[1] The improvement in air quality is confirmed by official data from monitoring stations, with for example harmful Nitrogen Oxide (NO) levels dropping by 56%-85% in comparison with regular Sunday.

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