Country:European Union
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2000
Policy Type:Information and Education>Information provision, Policy Support
Policy Target:Transport>Passenger
Agency:European Commission, DG Environment

The "In town without my car!" event, organised for the first time in France in 1998, was established as a European-wide initiative by the European Commissioner for Environment, Margot Wallström, in 2000. The annual holding of this car-free day is designed to help reduce air pollution and noise in European cities as well as to address the need to change mobility patterns as a way to boost the use of public transport, bicycles, intermodality and sustainable goods delivery, among others. Some 760 cities from 26 European countries participated in the first European-wide car free day, which has subsequently grown into an international event (1005 towns and cities took part in 2001, 1448 in 2002 and 1035 in 2003). Since 2002, the car free day has been a part of European Mobility Week, established by the European Commission in partnership with others such as EuroCities, Energie-Cités and Climate Alliance. This annual event includes a wide range of initiatives aimed at tackling different aspects of urban mobility. It provides a platform for local authorities and other organisations and associations from all over Europe to: - promote existing policies, initiatives and best practices on sustainable urban mobility, - launch new policies and initiatives, - contribute to raising citizens awareness of the damage that urban mobility trends can have on the environment and quality of life, - establish partnerships with local stakeholders, - share a common goal and identity with other towns and cities in Europe, and - emphasise local commitment to sustainable urban transport policies.

This record supersedes:Car Free Day for Cities & European Mobility Week

Last modified: Thu, 14 Mar 2013 18:58:49 CET