In 2014, 19 promotional actions were rewarded with up to EUR 7000 each in financial support from the European Commission's Sustainable Urban Mobility Campaign. View the winning actions below.
- Austria: Climate Miles 2014 – Wege für ein besseres Klima
- Belgium: Living Street 2.0 – streets of the future
- Croatia: BikeMyDays Festival
- Cyprus: Cycle the Distance
- Czech Republic: NAKOLEON – Critical Mass Ride Brno (podzimní cyklojízda)
- Denmark: Sharing the streets – EMW DK2014
- Estonia: Get Out Of The Can 2014
- France: Mobility Fest #3
- Germany: Fair Move – mobility moves school
- Ireland - Park & Picnic Pods
- Lithuania: Vilnius Wheel Fair
- Luxembourg: Mr & Mrs Mixalot
- The Netherlands: Toury cycling game
- Poland: Parking (r)evolution
- Portugal: UNI-CICLO
- Slovakia: Business and Bikes
- Slovenia: Promote the new bicycle path along Ljubljanica river waterfront
- Spain: Compàs Centre (culture and sustainable mobility as a placemaking tool)
- Sweden: The Test Cyclists
Climate Miles 2014 – Wege für ein besseres Klima
by Klimabündnis Österreich gGmbH
Climate Miles 2014 is a campaign which encourages children in Austria between the ages of 6 and 14 to travel to and from school in a climate friendly way. The children collect special stickers for their sticker books for every “climate mile” they make – trip to or from school on foot, bicycle, skateboard, bus, train, etc. The school with the most climate miles at the end of the campaign is awarded a prize. Klimabündnis Österreich gGmbH provides each participating school with information packs, the sticker books, and stickers.
Living Street 2.0 – streets of the future
by vzw Vehikel 2017
Volunteers from the Trojan Bike network and inhabitants of the city of Ghent will turn 10 regular streets into car-free “living streets” during the month of June. These living streets will be full of greenery and open spaces for people to socialise, eat outside, study, play, and much more. The idea of the promoters is to have residents take advantage of other modes of transportation, as the cars that are normally parked on the streets will be moved to nearby parking lots.
The BikeMyDays Festival, taking place in the city of Osijek between 16 and 22 September, includes a number of free public events and lectures on promoting sustainable urban mobility through bicycle usage. In addition to a series of educational lectures by BikeMyDay members, there will be a presentation to show the public how to reuse old bicycle parts to create cargo bikes, and festival participants will get to write messages on cycle paths to encourage safe cycling. Children will also be encouraged to make drawings on the streets where they would like to have new cycle paths and a mass bike ride will be organised around the city.
Cycle the Distance
by Limassol Cycling Club
The Cycle the Distance campaign aims to promote the use of cycling to and from work for people in the Limassol and Agios Athanasios area. Campaigners will visit companies to speak about the benefits of cycling, distribute promotional material, suggest infrastructure changes such as cycle parking spaces, and offer route planning services for companies’ employees. The campaign will also organise a mass ride during the European Mobility Week involving all participating companies.
NAKOLEON – Critical Mass Ride Brno
NAKOLEON is the biggest gathering of cyclists in the Czech Republic. Taking place in Brno, the event promotes the development of cycling infrastructure and change in mobility behaviour among the city’s inhabitants. The NAKOLEON ride is a follow-up to 2013’s successful critical mass ride in Brno which attracted close to 1 400 participants, making it four times bigger than any previous cycling event in Brno.
Sharing the streets – EMW DK2014
by Danish Ecological Society
The Danish Ecological Society will encourage young people in Denmark’s three largest cities – Copenhagen, Odense, and Aarhus – to make more sustainable transport choices under the mantra “we all share the streets.” The campaign will produce communication materials such as infographs or “funny facts” for distribution on the streets and online through webpages and social media. It will also conduct a transportation survey in the three cities.
Get Out Of The Can 2014
by Tallinn Bicycle Week
A highly visible ‘reality check’ campaign targets car drivers stuck in summertime traffic jams and aims to encourage them to enjoy the summer weather, get out of their car and join the urban cycling community. The campaign supports a series of urban cycling activities organised by Tallinn Bicycle Week and Tour d'ÖÖ Tallinn mass bike rides in the capital of Estonia. The overall idea is to encourage urban cycling, increasing the cycling community and pushing for change in city planning, towards a more sustainable and bike-friendly future.
Mobility Fest #3
by ANBT – Association Nancy Brabois Technopôle
Now in its third edition, Mobility Fest gathers students and employees from the Nancy Brabois technology park in order to promote the park’s sustainable transport plan. Held in a casual atmosphere, guests to Mobility Fest can learn about alternative mobility solutions such as carpooling; test electric cars, scooters and bicycles; and participate in individual and team-based challenges to win prizes. There will also be demonstrations of parkour, inline hockey, and hot air balloons. In total, over 25 exhibitors plan to be on hand.
Fair Move – mobility moves school
by Mobilspiel e.V.
Fair Move is about encouraging students between the ages of 10 and 13, and their teachers to think critically about mobility and transport in order to encourage a more sustainable future. The project consists of teaching students about mobility at their schools, taking them to visit the Museum of Transport in Munich, working in small groups on mobility themes at the museum, and taking stock of their own mobility behavior afterwards.
Park & Picnic Pods
The city of Limerick is promoting ‘park & picnic pods’ designed to support urban mobility by providing combined bicycle parking, seating for pedestrians, and built-in flower boxes in a single design. These pods will be conveniently located in former car parks, and they will be maintained by nearby urban cafés in partnership with the local authority. Cafés can reap many benefits from installing the pods near their premises including additional space for customers to sit and conveniently located bicycle parking. The design of the pods also allows them to be removable and transportable so that they can be adapted to various locations.
Vilnius Wheel Fair
by Annona Centre for Sustainable Development
A fair dedicated to carbon-free and non-motor means of transportation is being organised in the historical centre of Vilnius by the Annona Centre for Sustainable Development. The fair aims to promote alternative means of transport such as cycling, skateboarding, and roller skating for leisure and commuting in order decrease car use. Participants include NGOs dealing with transport and cycling, bike repair shops, the public administration, and groups who promote green routes and maps in and around Vilnius.
Mr & Mrs Mixalot
by Verkéiersverbond | Communauté des Transports
The Greater Region of Luxembourg is looking for its Mr and Mrs Mixalot! Who mixes his or her transport modes best? Public transport users are asked to pose with symbols representing the different modes of transport they mix to get to work or to school. A professional photographer takes their picture, which then is posted on the city’s public transport Facebook page. The users share their pictures and invite friends to vote for them. The winners receive free public transport tickets and a specially designed board game, centered on the use of multiple modes of transport.
Toury cycling game
This initiative invites every employee in the Arnhem-Nijmegen region of the Netherlands to participate in an exciting new cycling game, which can be played with the free ‘Toury app’ for iPhone and Android. The game is played over six weeks and is inspired by the Tour de France. The objective is to commute by bike as much as possible and avoid congestion. There are several classifications in which employees can participate: individually, in a group or by e-bike. During the game there are several challenges and possibilities to score extra points. The winner wins a trip to Paris.
by Gdynia City
The Polish city of Gdynia is taking another step towards a car-free lifestyle with their project that will transform parking spaces into liveable and people-friendly areas. A “Parking (r)evolution” competition will invite young designers and architects to re-design selected parking spaces into the most liveable, eye-catching and esthetic spaces possible within a set budget. The best three projects reflecting a sustainable lifestyle will be brought to life on the parking space, demonstrating that there is a better solution for the city’s urban planning.
by Cicloficina dos Anjos
The aim of UNI-CICLO is to establish community bicycle shops at two university campuses in Lisbon where students and employees will have free access to tools and parts to develop bicycle repair skills. Learning bicycle maintenance at the community shops can provide cyclists with additional independence when on the road, and foster creative and mutually beneficial relationships between them. The target group for the project is 18 to 35 year olds due to their need for affordable and reliable means of transport, and their eagerness to learn and share new skills.
Business and Bikes
by OZ Mulica
Business and Bikes is a mix of different events such as workshops, lectures, and showrooms which try to connect cycling with businesses in the city of Žilina. The campaign is being prepared for shops, organisations, and hotels, in order to encourage them to take on cycling friendly policies such as installing bike stands and allowing cyclists to enter buildings with their bicycles. There will also be a festival for the general public showcasing alternatives to motorised vehicles.
Promote the new bicycle path along Ljubljanica river waterfront
A new bicycle path being promoted by ZaMestoPoDveh along the Ljubljanica river can help increase bicycle trips in the city by 40% by 2015. The planned path is part of an overall strategy to establish a continuous cycling network which will let cyclists travel safety and comfortably to any part of the city. It will connect the botanical garden with the Fužine Castle before crossing the city centre and reaching Eipprova Street – the site of a vibrant old neighborhood. Promotion efforts for the new path include adverts in local papers and on the web, free coffee events, and a treasure hunt.
Compàs Centre (culture and sustainable mobility as a placemaking tool)
by Culture, Economics & Tourism Research Unit (University of Valencia)
When the Valencia city walls were demolished in 1865, the area gave way to a shared space for bicycles, public transport and pedestrians moving between the city centre and outlaying districts. Recently however, the area was transformed into a ring road for motor vehicles. The aim of this action is to revert this inner ring road back to a car-free public space for sustainable mobility, first for a single day, and eventually permanently.
The Test Cyclists
by Dalslandskommunernas kommunalförbund - Hållbar utveckling Väst
In western Sweden, 39 car owners across seven municipalities agreed to replace their regular car trips with cycling for at least three days a week over a six month period. In return, these ‘test cyclists’ were offered free access to a bicycle that suited their needs, help from a professional cycling coach, and health checks before and after the six-month period. They also blogged about their experiences and were covered by the local media. The aim now is to produce a brochure and communicative videos about the project to spread the word nationwide during the European Mobility Week campaign.