Public transport users might be surprised by free breakfast awaiting them during Luxembourg's mobility week
Photo: Romain Gamba
As European Mobility Week is set to kick off this Wednesday, organisers of the Luxembourg initiative are urging communes to register their participation.
This year’s European Mobility Week, which runs 16-22 September, centres on zero-emissions mobility for all, underlining both the European Green Deal target of reaching a carbon-neutral continent by 2050 as well as inclusivity for all when it comes to getting around.
However, as of Monday’s press event, only 19 communes had registered their participation in the initiative, compared to 36 in 2019. During the press conference, Émile Eicher, president of Syvicol, an umbrella group for local councils, spoke on the responsibility for communes to contribute in sustainable mobility. Gilles Dostert, the managing director of Verkéiersverbond, a public transport authority, said that while organisers were “pleasantly surprised at the number of communes that have registered so far, because we are well aware of the difficult circumstances of this year,” they nevertheless anticipate additional registrations, notably in “the south, in the framework of Esch2022” European capital of culture.
European Mobility Week encourages citizens to try out sustainable forms of transport, and Luxembourg’s version of the event will include a number of used bike markets, exhibitions, hiking and cycling tours, not to mention the occasional distribution of croissants, coffee and juice to those riding public transport. As part of the initiatve, Esch2022 and Mobilitéitszentral (the public transport information centre) teamed up for "A fort e geet", a series of videos with Mike McQuaide, the self-described “American in Luxembourg”. In it, viewers journey with McQuaide along the 35km “Minett Tour” route, as he bikes and uses public transport to get around.
Although the week kicks off officially this Wednesday, communes have until 22 September to register.
For more information on the local initiative as well as events in participating communes, visit mobiliteitswoch.lu