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Rethymno (Greece) – winner of the EU Urban Road Safety Award

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Brussels, Belgium, 28 March 2022 – The winners of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards 2021, the 10th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP Award) and the EU Urban Road Safety Award were crowned today. The awards were presented this afternoon at a hybrid ceremony in Brussels hosted by Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Transport and Mobility.

Kassel (Germany) walked away with the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2021 for larger municipalities. Meanwhile, Valongo (Portugal) was awarded the title for smaller municipalities. The 10th SUMP Award was given to Tampere (Finland) and Rethymno (Greece) was revealed as the winner of the EU Urban Road Safety Award.

Adina Vălean, European Commissioner for Transport, lauded the award winners' and finalists' achievements:

“I would like to extend my congratulations to the winners of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards as well as to all finalists. These cities have taken concrete actions to tackle transport emissions, noise and congestion through innovative actions. With the new EU Urban Mobility Framework, we will support better planning of sustainable urban mobility, putting public transport, walking and cycling at the core of local authorities’ efforts to improve people’s everyday lives.”

Rethymno (Greece) – winner of the EU Urban Road Safety Award



The jury was impressed by Rethymno’s inclusive approach to road safety, which targets three main pillars: upgrading the public transport system, increasing and encouraging behavioural change through a variety of activities, and the establishment of integrated cooperation with local stakeholders. This comprehensive approach helps Rethymno balance its role as a tourist destination with the needs of local residents. The Greek city has also sought to replicate its success by sharing its experience and lessons learned with other municipalities to enhance the multiplication and transferability of road safety measures.

The other finalists are Florence (Italy) and Warsaw (Poland).

Background

EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK runs from 16-22 September every year, providing towns and cities with an opportunity to try out innovative planning measures, promote new infrastructure and technologies and measure air quality. By encouraging individuals to choose sustainable transport modes such as walking and cycling, we can lower our carbon emissions, improve air quality, and make our urban areas more pleasant places to live and work.

Despite the COVID-19 restrictions in 2021, EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK saw a record-breaking level of participation: over 3100 towns and cities across 53 countries participated in the campaign.

For more information on the campaign, visit www.mobilityweek.eu