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how much awareness is there of the European Mobility Week?
Whilst almost 300 towns and cities in Spain are participating, only six are on the list for the UK:
European mobility Week 2013 :: Cities
European Mobility Week kicks off: Cities put focus on transport & clean air
16 September 2013
European Mobility Week (EMW) 2013 officially launches today, and will see more than 2,000 cities in 43 countries implement activities to create a more sustainable mobility culture. This year’s edition will run from 16 to 22 September under the slogan ‘Clean air – It’s your move!’
The 2013 campaign aims to raise 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. It coincides with the European Year of Air, an area EU policy makers are currently reviewing through the Thematic Strategy on Air Quality.
Poor air quality 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.
Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment, said: “This year, we will put emphasis on the impact that transport and our daily choices have on the quality of the air we breathe and our health. By raising awareness and offering alternative transport options, cities can become more attractive places for people to live, they can make a major contribution to protect our health and promote a more sustainable future for all of us because when it comes to clean air, it’s your move!”European mobility Week 2013 :: View