European Mobility Week award for Glasgow!
Date: Mon, 9 May 2005 15:01:01 +0100
From: "Richard Evans" <richard.m.evans@...>
EMW Press ReleaseGlasgow has won the best in UK European Mobility Week
award. The following is extracted from a Eurocities press release which
will shortly be published in full at www.22september.org
An independent panel of experts assessed all applications received and this
activity resulted with the selection of 11 cities, which performed
outstandingly during the Mobility Week 2004. The award winners will be
presented at a European Conference, to be held in London in September 2005
and organised by the UK presidency of the EU in close collaboration with DG
Best per country awards went to the following towns and cities: Bulgaria:
VARNA, Croatia: KOPRIVNICA, Czech Republic: KROMERIZ, France: NANTES,
Germany: KIEL, Hungary: BUDAPEST, Poland: KRAKOW, Portugal: LEIRIA, Spain:
DONOSTIA SAN SEBASTIAN, Switzerland: GENEVA, UK: GLASGOW
Glasgow – Rated Best UK participant
The panel of experts was impressed by the performance of Glasgow City
Council. Outstanding permanent measures were elaborated, as the ‘Great
School Travel Tally’ used to obtain baseline information on how children
travel to school. 71% of schools in Glasgow participated in this survey that
will be carried out once a year. The results provided valuable citywide
information about travel habits to school and helped taking
transport-related decisions. Another exceptional project elaborated by
Glasgow is the ‘Twenty Limits Around Schools’ that introduces part-time
mandatory 20 miles per hour speed limits in the vicinity of schools. This
scheme not only improves the safety around schools but also raises awareness
of the road dangers.
Glasgow also organised an Eco-Day Science Fair held on 17 and 18 September
aiming at informing parents and schoolchildren on the necessity of adopting
a coherent School Travel Plan. The team produced an eye-catching display
including display boards, sustainable travel word games and puzzles. Several
schools expressed an interest and follow-up meetings have been arranged.
Glasgow also promoted the Scotland’s largest charity bike ride with 1200
riders. The experts welcomed the elaboration of a new “Safety on the Web’
website that is targeted at primary teachers and pupils. The site provides
information to help keep children safe from dangers in the home, at school
and on their way to and from school.
On 22 September, Glasgow successfully closed a street during a normal
working weekday. The event was widely promoted within the Council and to all
major employers. The different permanent measures and activities promoted
received a wide support of the City Council.
The Award winner and nominees will be presented at the end of the year
during a European Conference in London. Further information on this event
will be communicated at a later stage.
The third edition of the EMW was organised from 16 to 22 September 2004.
‘Safe Streets for Children’ was the central theme for this campaign, linking
different aspects of urban policy together, targeting not only children but
also parents and everyone that encounters young people in traffic. The
overriding aim of the 2004 Mobility Week was to create safe and pleasant
cities, and to reduce road safety risks for children. Participating local
authorities were encouraged to elaborate initiatives to raise awareness of
children’s needs for safe and independent mobility and to break down the
barriers they are facing in urban areas. EMW 2004 enjoyed a high
participation with 849 cities and towns involved.
In Town Without My Car! & European Mobility Week UK Co-ordinator