Vilnius wins the title of the most mobile municipality2017-09-27
After the European Mobility Week (16 to 22 September) has come to an end, the Ministry of Environment, the national coordinator of this international urban campaign dedicated to sustainable mobility, has summarised its results in our country.
Of the 42 municipalities that participated in the campaign, Vilnius has won the title of the Most Mobile Municipality 2017. In the capital city, the citizens are urged to choose “green” transport or the bicycle by specific actions. This year, Vilnius is building 17 km of new cycle paths, and another 20 km are planned for the next year. Personal car drivers are encouraged to change to public transport. To this end, the Municipality Council decided back in May that on 22 September each year, traditionally marked as the Car-Free Day, those who produced a driver’s license could go by public transport free of charge. On 22 September this year, the Municipality assigned one of the urban spaces exclusively to pedestrians and cyclists, in particular the section of Gedimino Avenue between Vilniaus Street and the intersection of T. Vrublevskio and Šventaragio Streets. This place became the venue of games and competitions dedicated to the “green” movement.
In addition to the Most Mobile Municipality, the Most Mobile Educational Establishment has also been elected. The title has been awarded to Merkelis Račkauskas Gymnasium in Mažeikiai, the organiser of the largest number of events promoting sustainable mobility.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications has been elected the Most Mobile National Authority that has produced an information video urging to participate in the European Mobility Week. This Ministry also held a photographic contest “Smart Travelling”, while its employees have competed among themselves in collecting the mobility points during the whole campaign.
The title of the Most Mobile Employer went to Northern Baltic UAB. Last summer this company organised a contest designed “to forget” the car. The contest was attended by all 25 employees. Nine of the employees travelled to work by bicycle almost every day, and four ones changed to public transport. The end of the contest was marked by their participation in the Vilnius Velo Marathon and the marathon race in Vingis Park.
The contest of the Most Mobile Citizen announced by the Ministry of Environment was won by Vytautas Anužis, a citizen of Šiauliai, who covered 601 kilometres on foot and by bicycle during the campaign. The winner of the title of the Most Mobile Employee of the Ministry of Environment was Juozas Jezukevičius, chief specialist of the Waste Department, who goes to work by bicycle from Lazdynai every day. He covered 187 km during the campaign period.
All the winners will receive their official honourable titles and awards on 5 September. The special prizes of the Ministry of Environment will be presented by Minister Kęstutis Navickas.
Today Lithuania’s participation in the European Mobility Week has been introduced at the international conference Civitas Forum 2017 in the city of Torres Vedras, Portugal, by Marius Gorochovskis, chief specialist of the Public Relations Division of the Ministry of Environment. The national coordinators attending the conference are sharing their experience on the organisation of the campaign in their respective countries.
Public Relations Division