Economical routes for more life
The traditional European Mobility Week campaign began last weekend as one of the most massive and influential initiatives in Slovenia and Europe at large.
Between 16 and 22 September, a number of activities will be taking place in as many as 96 municipalities throughout Slovenia, which will unite citizens and municipalities in their efforts to implement more sustainable forms of mobility in line with this year's slogan "Economical Routes". As every year, the municipalities will use Mobility Week to actively raise awareness and promote all those travel methods that are healthier, less harmful and, above all, less wasteful than using a car.
Slovenian households are spending more and more money to cover the costs of transport. Although this fact is worrying, it is far from including all the costs of motorised transport, such as the cost of building spatially wasteful infrastructure, or the costs of accidents, pollution and climate change.
The Minister of the Environment, Climate and Energy, Bojan Kumer, particularly stressed the importance of broad awareness of the negative impact of our daily activities: "We live in a society in which there is a high awareness about the harmfulness of existing practices, but we still do not change them for the better to the extent necessary. In this sense, the European Mobility Week plays an important role: it encourages municipalities and their residents to find ideas and solutions for more sustainable ways of making their daily journeys."
In this period of damage rectification after catastrophic floods, sustainable mobility remains an important issue for many municipalities, mainly because transport is directly related to climate change. Despite the difficult situation, as many as 95 municipalities from all over Slovenia responded to the invitation to participate in the 22nd European Mobility Week event. Between 16 and 22 September, they will organise a variety of incentives inviting residents and visitors to abandon old, and above all, wasteful habits. They will call for abandoning the use of cars and choosing economical and healthy alternatives and promoting positive changes.
"We would like to draw attention to the fact that there are much more rational ways of making a journey – perhaps at first glance they offer less prestige and comfort, but they are the guarantee of a brighter future. Ultimately, we also encourage people to think about what our society would be like if most trips were made by public transport or if we opted for one of the forms of active mobility," were the words of Polona Demšar Mitrovič, National European Mobility Week Coordinator at the Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Energy, summing up the European Mobility Week’s objectives.
A special feature of this year's European Mobility Week is in activities that will targetedly improve the conditions for walking and cycling throughout Slovenia. Campaigning under the slogan "CLEAN UP THE STREETS", municipalities will address bad practices that hinder or prevent walking and cycling. Although appropriate walking and cycling infrastructure is already exists in many places, there is all too often a number of obstacles that should be moved to a more suitable place or even removed for the sake of transparency, safety and ease of use. The key result of the "CLEAN UP THE STREETS" campaign will be better-organised and safer pedestrian and cyclist zones, as well as better-informed residents, municipal authorities and other stakeholders.