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Four cities in Europe have been named leaders in sustainable mobility this week by the European Commission. The Serbian city, Kruševac was named EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award winner 2019. While Karditsa, in Greece, received the title for smaller municipalities. The Brussels Capital Region walked away with the 8th SUMP (Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan) Award, and Spain’s Pontevedra was given the 1st EU Urban Road Safety Award.

“I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to the winning cities – your actions are powerful examples illustrating the leading role local leaders can play in making our cities cleaner, safer, and more sustainable. I hope this can serve as inspiration for towns and cities who are rethinking their mobility strategies, not least in the wake of the current pandemic,” said Adina Vălean, Commissioner for Transport.

Kruševac was recognised for its work initiatives in making the city centre and suburbs car free during European Mobility Week, as well as for the additions of new cycle paths and walkways. Karditsa received its gong for the range of policies it has implemented, such as offering financial benefits to firms implementing sustainable mobility strategies. In the Brussels Capital Region, the Commission was impressed with its efforts to increase pedestrian zones as part of its goal to have zero road traffic deaths by 2030. And Pontevedra’s was given its award for taking steps including, reducing speed limits, creating public spaces, and achieving zero road deaths between 2011 and 2018.

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Susan is the co-founder of Innovators Magazine and a consultant for OnePoint5 Media. Susan is also a member of the UNFCCC-led Resilience Frontiers Nexus group and a board member of the APOPO Foundation UK.

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