European Mobility Week is an annual campaign on sustainable urban mobility, organised with the political and financial support of the Directorates-General for the Environment and Transport of the European Commission. The aim of the campaign, which runs from 16 to 22 September every year, is to encourage European local authorities to introduce and promote sustainable transport measures and to invite their citizens to try out alternatives to car use.
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There is real momentum growing across all parties politically to make cycling a far more attractive and popular way to travel in the UK.
The drive is for 10 per cent of all journeys in Britain to be by bike by 2025. Two-thirds of all journeys are under 5 miles – many of these trips could be walked, or made by bike or public transport. Department for Transport, 'Improving Local Transport' policy paper, October 2012
To find out more, visit the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group site
One of the positive outputs of Local Sustainable Transport Funding (LSTF) funding has been the significant growth of business engagement and establishment of business travel networks across the 96 programmes. There’s been a refreshing recognition that employers and their staff have a major part to play and benefit through engagement in programmes focused on sustainable travel. Employers can benefit in their recruitment, corporate reputation and business efficiency and staff can benefit from cheaper and healthier travel options. It’s a ‘win-win’ for all parties and what’s more, the benefits go even further – the local economy and wider community gain through support for access to work and a reduction in environmental impact.