Mobility week has seen a continuous increase in the number of cities taking
part since its launch in 2002. Last year, a record 2,181 cities representing
some 237 million people registered to take part. More than 4,440 permanent
measures were introduced as a result of the week-long campaign. European
Mobility Week's successful model is also increasingly being adopted by
countries outside Europe including Argentina, Canada, Ecuador, Japan and
The European Commission is pursuing legal action against the UK for air
quality in London. The case is for failure to comply with EU air quality
standards for dangerous airborne particles known as PM10. These particles
emitted mainly by industry, traffic and domestic heating, may have negative
effects on health leading to asthma, cardiovascular problems, lung cancer and
premature death. This summer a second and final written warning has been sent
to the UK for still exceeding the limit values. If the UK fails to take
the necessary measures to comply with the legislation, the Commission could
refer the case to the European Court of Justice.
Other highlights among events organised during this year's European Mobility
Week are an auction in Bologna, Italy of second hand bicycles found
abandoned around the city. The event is being managed by a university students'
association in collaboration with the Municipality of Bologna. Lucky bidders
will receive safety tools, brochures about road safety and other promotional
material and gadgets.
The city of Brno in the Czech Republic has developed a range of
activities promoting Nordic walking, cycling and inline skating. The programme
includes guided city tours, training and public exercises accompanied by open
air music performances.
European Mobility Week is coordinated by three non-governmental
organisations specialising in urban environmental issues: Eurocities,
Energie-Cités and Climate Alliance. The European Commission's
Directorate-General for Environment provides financial support and organises
the annual European Mobility Week Awards for the best programme of activities
For further information visit the European Mobility Week website: www.mobilityweek.eu
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