The European Mobility week has kicked off across more than 2000 towns and cities, the Commission said.
The objective of the European Mobility Week is to promote sustainable urban mobility and this year edition will encourage people to use shared forms of transportation such as bicycle and car sharing under the slogan “Sharing gets you further”.
European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said shared mobility is a smart and innovative emerging model of transportation, with the potential to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads. She noted, for example, for each shared car, 15 private cars are off the road.
“But it’s not only about cars; we are witnessing a real explosion of shared bike systems in cities and towns across the EU. This is important, as we need to ensure that the future of urban mobility is both shared and sustainable,” Bulc said.
Shared mobility solutions can indeed reduce congestion, air pollution and make a significant contribution to the decarbonisation of urban transport, which is responsible for about 23% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Commission. This is essential for Europe to be “the leader when it comes to the fight against climate change” envisioned by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in the State of the Union.
The European Mobility Week will include events such as car-free days all across Europe and the second edition of the European day without a road death, which aims at raising awareness on road safety.