Zagreb was last night revealed as the winner of the 2012 European Mobility Week Award. The Croatian capital was praised for its innovative approach to citizen engagement, which transformed European Mobility Week into a weeklong celebration.
Zagreb has implemented a number of measures focused on engaging citizens and will present these at the CIVITAS workshop “Effective solutions for green urban transport” on 16 April in Geneva, Switzerland. In receiving the award, the CIVITAS ELAN city said that it was the best possible confirmation of their success. During the week, citizens in Zagreb took part in activities such as urban fitness and educational sessions, rode vintage trams and helped redesign public parking lots for bicycles, amongst others. Speaking at the event, Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik praised the work of cities and citizens, saying: “if we all take small steps, together we take a giant leap forward”. The award ceremony took place in Brussels’ Vaudeville theatreZagreb was chosen ahead of Swedish finalists Gävle and Östersund for the award. For more information, visit www.mobilityweek.eu.
Author: Peter Staelens