The Campaign takes place from 16 – 22 September and aims to raise awareness about cycling as rapidly growing zero-emission urban mobility mode, as well as about the road safety education of the children.
Today, 16 September, Tashkent City Council in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation of Uzbekistan, and Cycling Association of Uzbekistan, launches the European Mobility Week Campaign 2020. The Campaign in launched with the support of the Delegation of the European Union to Republic of Uzbekistan. The informational support is provided by the Ministry of Public Education and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uzbekistan.
In support of expanding cycling community in city of Tashkent, the European Mobility Week Campaign will utilize digital and public media channels and employ animated social media posts to explain the benefits and rules of cycling and zero-emission mobility under the slogan #TashkentForCycling. Furthermore, to highlight the importance of road safety education to the children, the Campaign will feature the series of video episodes on social media about the most important safety issues in urban areas, under the slogan #RoadSafety. The key message of the Campaign 2020 is that the education and engagement of everyone is the key in moving towards zero-emission mobility in the city and to improve safety on the roads.
“We witness the cycling and other means of individual mobility, such as electrical scooters, electrical bicycles, becoming some of the fastest growing modes of mobility in urban areas, particularly so in the context of COVID-19 pandemic. Our agenda is to support this development with improvements of existing infrastructure and with the construction of new pedestrian and cycling paths, enhancing the safety of all traffic participants, including children” explains Anvar Djuraev, Head of Tashkent Transport Department at the Ministry of Transport of Uzbekistan.
“The growing culture of cycling and other zero emission mobility in our city is absolutely integral to the vector of socio-economic and entrepreneurship development the Tashkent City Administration has. It is also integral to the concept of innovations that the city of Tashkent has committed to. In the view of this strategic vision, we plan to significantly expand the bicycle and pedestrian lanes in the city of Tashkent by 2023. Improvement of the quality of life of the residents, as well as the visitors of the city, is our key priority. Therefore, we join European Mobility Week and support #ТашкентЗаВелo”, points out Durdona Rakhimova, Vice Mayor at the Tashkent City Council (Khokimyat).
“The exponential growth of members and increased activity in our social media channels during the past month is yet another indicator of a rapidly growing cycling community. It also tells about the increasing need for information and communication. As the main civil society organization promoting safe and sustainable cycling culture in Uzbekistan, we engage in continuous dialogue with the Government and the Local Government. We unite not only cycling enthusiasts but avid supporters of Tashkent city, who believe in the potential of Tashkent to become a truly cyclist-friendly city. Everyone is invited to join in creation of the vision map and support #ТашкентЗаВелo during the European Mobility Week”, tells Iskandar Akhmedov, Administrator of Cycling Association of Uzbekistan.
“The health benefits and improved quality of life for individuals and communities, a positive environmental impact, social sustainability and reduction of urban traffic are only a few factors of the growing popularity of cycling in major cities across Europe. The European Mobility Week Campaign in Uzbekistan this year is a great example of cooperation, shared efforts and exchange between the Government and civil society in building a shared vision of a cycling-friendly, safe and sustainable urban environment. The education and awareness of safety and rules for both – by the aspiring cyclists and by pedestrians, children in particular, is one of the main building blocks in this process. We are ready to assist by sharing the best European experiences,” points out Jussi Närvi, the Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the European Union to the Republic of Uzbekistan.
During the European Mobility Week Campaign, the residents of Tashkent are invited to support #ТашкентЗаВелo initiative by testing at least one street on their daily route on bicycle thus helping in creation of the vision map of Tashkent and participating in the prize draw. The participants have to take a picture of themselves on the bicycle, post it on the Facebook page of the European Mobility Week Uzbekistan and tag the street name. By doing so, the participant automatically qualifies for the prize draw on 23 September and gets the opportunity to win one of three city bicycles. The public is invited to follow the Facebook page of European Mobility Week Uzbekistan for more information. To get the Facebook frame of the European Mobility Week Campaign, click here (and select #EuropeanMobilityWeek).
European Mobility Week (shortened as EMW) is an annual initiative of the European Commission for Sustainable Urban Mobility since 2002. It calls on the cities and towns to devote one week to sustainable mobility. In 2019 more than 3000 cities and towns across the globe took part in EMW. More information on the European Mobility Week can be found https://mobilityweek.eu/home/.
The 1st European Mobility Week in Uzbekistan took place in 2019 and was organized by Tashkent City Council (Khokymyat), Ministry of Transportation of Uzbekistan, supported by Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Uzbekistan. The Campaign in 2019 focused on metro commute and walking as safe and sustainable urban mobility modes. Some of the events in Tashkent last year included ‘’Free Metro Day’’ on 19 September and ‘’Car-Free Day’’ Street Festival on Lutfiy Street on 22 September.
The global theme of European Mobility Week 2020 is ‘Zero-emission mobility for all’. Despite the different climatic, geographical and socio-economic conditions across urban areas, measures can be taken to promote a carbon-neutral and inclusive urban environment. Therefore, European Mobility Week 2020 encourages people and local authorities to take steps to achieve the long-term goal of a carbon-neutral continent.