March 03, 2009
Mobility Week lauds Cork & Galway efforts
Both the city of Cork and Co. Galway were among ten local authority areas recognised by the European Commission for their outstanding efforts in raising public awareness on the theme
of ''Clean air for all'' during last September's European Mobility Week (EMW) 2008.
Cork City Council used the momentum of EMW to introduce 'Gocar', the first Irish car-sharing programme, and an innovative car-pooling service called 'Avego'. Over the course of the week, the public were able to avail freely of local bus services, bike maintenance courses, and personal health screenings focusing on lung and cardio-vascular function, blood pressure evaluation, carbon monoxide tests, and lifestyle counseling. Sustainable transport exhibitions, social events and the 'Rebel Pedal' bike parades were also organised.
Newcomer to this annual event, Galway County Council developed an ambitious week-long programme promoted through dedicated media work and a Sustainable Mobility Information Point. This included a series of themed events to encourage walking and cycling such as 'Free wheel Friday'. The occasion of EMW was used to implement permanent sustainable transport measures including introducing and promoting a new integrated traffic and parking management system, plus installing new bicycle stands and racks and signage. Schools in the county also made a commitment by adding sustainable transport as a permanent topic to their environmental programmes.
Over 2000 separate European towns, cities or local authorities (10 from Ireland) took part in EMW 2008.The 2009 version will be held from 16-22 September.
Posted by iroronan at March 3, 2009 11:18 PM
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