European Mobility Week 2011: "Alternative Mobility" - Events in Cyprus
15.09.2011 From 16 to 22 September 2011, hundreds of European towns and cities will participate in the tenth edition of European Mobility Week, inviting citizens to a wide range of activities around sustainable mobility. This year's theme – Alternative Mobility – aims to promote resource-efficient alternatives to the private cars that still dominate urban transport. The week encourages local authorities and citizens to highlight the many positive impacts of other means of transport.
Janez Potočnik, Commissioner for Environment, said: "For ten years now European Mobility Week has been supporting cities in building a better environment for citizens. It's been a tremendous success, and it's now become a global phenomenon. Mobility Week allows people to think about new and better ways to travel and contribute to making their cities more pleasant places to live in."
Alternative means of transport
The overuse of cars is damaging the quality of life in our cities. Noise, air pollution, congestion and reduced public space are all symptoms of the problem. With resources like energy, land, water and raw materials under strain, there is a growing awareness of the need for alternative forms of transport that generate less pollution, consume fewer resources and help cut greenhouse gas emissions. European Mobility Week 2011 aims to encourage European citizens living in urban areas to use low-carbon modes of transport instead, such as walking, biking or public transport.
European Mobility Week 2011 in Cyprus
In Cyprus, the European Mobility Week 2011 is organised by local authorities in all major cities together with the Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus and the European Parliament Office in Cyprus, the Department of Environment and the Ministry of Communications and Works. All events are open to the public, offering a unique opportunity for Cypriot citizens of all ages to participate in various activities, , such as bicycle rides, walking tours, games for children, workshops.
Public transport by bus in Cyprus will be for free on Saturday, 17 September, both inside and between the cities. The main events will take place that day, but activities are foreseen throughout the whole week in many municipalities across the island.
The Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus will provide a stand with informational and promotional material in Larnaca (16/9) and Nicosia (17/9) and will be joined by the Europe Direct Centres in Larnaca (16-17/9) and Paphos (17-18/9).
Ten years of Mobility Week
The 2011 edition marks the tenth anniversary of European Mobility Week. Over the last decade Mobility Week has supported cities in creating a more pleasant and healthy environment for citizens by encouraging them to reduce traffic congestion and promoting sustainable and human-powered modes of transport.
Mobility Week has seen a continuous increase in the number of cities taking part since its launch in 2002. In 2010, under the theme of ‘Travel Smarter, Live Better’, a record number of 2,221 local authorities signed the European Mobility Week charter and/or registered their activities on the campaign site www.mobilityweek.eu. 2010 marks the fifth consecutive record year.
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The full programme of the European Mobility Week events to be organised in Cyprus is available on our facebook page "European Commission in Cyprus": www.facebook.com/ec.cyprus