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The European commission
has launched the first EU award to encourage the adoption of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) by local and regional authorities. Under the inaugural theme ‘stakeholder and citizen participation’, local and regional authorities can submit their applications for the award of EUR 10 000 (US$12,606) on www.dotherightmix.eu
Entries must show the city’s integrated mobility plan for passengers and goods, addressing such sustainable urban mobility objectives as improved safety and security, reduced air and noise pollution, improved cost-effectiveness, enhanced quality of the urban environment, and accessibility of the transport system. Applications must be submitted by 9 November 2012, and the winner of the award for the best plan – as decided by an expert jury – will receive the prize money to support local awareness-raising activities on sustainable urban mobility.
Cities within the European Union, the European Economic Area and Croatia are eligible to enter; to encourage a broader range of applicants, local authorities are not required to have completed the entire process of developing and implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan in order to be eligible for the award.