Ghent hosted the official launch of EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2018 on 16 September, kicking off a week of activities focusing on multimodal transport and inviting people to 'Mix and Move!'
Daniël Termont, mayor of Ghent and president of EUROCITIES, invited European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc to kick off the 17th edition of EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK in the city. Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary general of EUROCITIES, who spoke during the launch session, highlighted the commitment of EUROCITIES members to this campaign.
From 16-22 September, over 2,500 towns and cities will celebrate together a week of activities to promote sustainable urban mobility, once again breaking the participation record.
This year, the campaign focuses on multimodal transport, inviting people to ‘Mix and Move!’. Multimodality is the mixing of transport modes within the same journey or for different trips.
Embracing the concept of multimodality means rethinking the way we move about our cities, and being willing to try out new forms of mobility. Local authorities can use the growing trend towards digitalisation to develop a truly sustainable and integrated transport system that takes advantage of the strengths of different transport modes.
EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK is organised with the political and financial support of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Mobility and Transport.
EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said:
“With this year's edition of EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK, we want to encourage everyone to consider different mobility options and select the most appropriate ones for each trip. By mixing the ways we move, we can save time, improve our health, and lower our transport costs. This week is also an opportunity for cities to accelerate this social shift by making sure the right services and infrastructure are in place.”
You can find out more about the activities of different European cities during the week here.