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Energy Cities creates a permanent working group on sustainable mobility

By Blandine Pidoux on 30 septembre 2015

Starting with 6 of our member cities, this thematic working group will allow us to explore challenging issues and find best mobility solutions for European local authorities. It is being created in the framework of a "Europe for Citizen" project.

The CitiZEN project which runs until 2017 tackles urban mobility in it various aspects. This includes the development and update of local Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, the promotion of soft modes (cycling and walking), traffic control, good deliveries, electric vehicles, as well as behavioral change and awareness raising among citizen.


Together with Energy Cities, the project leader, the cities of Bistrița (Romania), Čačak (Serbia), Milton-Keynes (United-Kingdom), Modena (Italy), Växjö (Sweden) and Zadar (Croatia) will share their diverse experiences in the field of urban mobility through webinars, workshops, site visits and public events. This collaboration and exchange will lay the foundations of the new working group, which may be extended later to further member cities of our European network.

The kick-off meeting of CitiZEN took place on 17th and 18th of September in our member city of Växjö (Sweden) where partners shared their mobility strategies and planned projects. They also discussed methods and results of activities involving citizens as well as lessons learned and top tips that could be replicated, such as working with citizen ambassadors who can test e-bikes and lend them to their family and friends or creating local partnership with employers to develop sustainable ways of commuting.


Partners also took part in study visits, using electric bikes, to Växjö’s first locked parking garage, loading stations for e-cars, the development of train station area - including intermodality issues, bikes services provided by a local non-profit organisation.

The kick-off meeting was followed by the the "Traffic and Climate Day”, a public event in Växjö, part of the European Mobility Week. The event will focus on “multimodality”, especially in Växjö on the modal shift between bicycles, bus and train.

For more information on CitiZEN or if you wish to join our working group on sustainable mobility, please contact Kinga Kovacs or Laura Guérin, or stay connected via My Energy Cities (area reserved to members)

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