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European Mobility Week award for Glasgow!

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  • Eric Britton
    Date: Mon, 9 May 2005 15:01:01 +0100 From: Richard Evans EMW Press ReleaseGlasgow has won the best in UK European Mobility
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         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

      Environment.

       

      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.

       

      Richard Evans

      In Town Without My Car! & European Mobility Week UK Co-ordinator

      richard.m.evans@...

      http://www.itwmc.gov.uk

      http://www.22september.org

       

       

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