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SUMP Award 2020 and first ever EU Urban Road Safety Award winners announced!

Author: Richard Adams
Posted on: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 16:24

The winners of the SUMP Award 2020 and first ever EU Urban Road Safety Award were yesterday revealed as being Brussels Capital Region (Belgium) and Pontevedra (Spain).

SUMP Award 2020

Brussels Capital Region took home the SUMP Award thanks to its clear and ambitious sustainable mobility goals. These include having zero road traffic deaths by 2030, restricting car usage, reducing the speed limit to 30 kilometres per hour by 2021, and increasing the number of pedestrianised zones.

The jury was particularly impressed by its approach to reaching these goals, which sees the city as an ‘ecosystem’. The city’s achievements are underpinned by strong stakeholder outreach, impressive citizen participation, and the implementation of “superblocks”, an innovative urban planning concept.

The other finalists were Kaunas (Lithuania) and Wrocław (Poland). For more information about the awards and the 2020 finalists, visit: 8th SUMP Award - Cities in the Spotlight.

A series of videos have been produced to showcase the measures implemented by the cities;

EU Urban Road Safety Award

Pontevedra has reduced road fatalities in the city consistently since 1999, impressively achieving zero road deaths between 2011 and 2018. A host of measures ensure that safety and sustainability go hand-in-hand.

The city used a clear and careful monitoring strategy to identify which policies are effective and which need to be updated, resulting in increased active mobility. Another telling sign that the city is safe can be seen in the fact that 80% of children aged 6-12 walk to school by themselves.

The jury was impressed by Pontevedra’s use of a broad array of measures, including reducing speed limits to 10-30 km/h and creating more public spaces that are attractive for pedestrians.

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