Regions and cities as pioneers of future-proof mobility

© Umweltbundesamt Study visit to Poland

Vienna, 11. October 2017 - Regions and cities are pioneers when it comes to their approaches to facing the challenges of the future. Whether climate change adaptation, environmentally friendly mobility or sustainable tourism, intensive work is underway in many European cities and regions to develop solutions that are fit for the future. This can be seen during the European Week of Regions and Cities. The headline in 2017 is “Regions and Cities working for a better future”. During this European week there will be prizes and promotions for projects contributing to the transformation at the local and regional level, e.g. the European “Last Mile” project managed by the Environment Agency Austria. Together, the project partners develop demand-oriented solutions for sustainable regional mobility in six partner countries, for example the Defmobil in the Defereggental valley in Tyrol. An on-demand electric bus offers cheap and flexible public transport connections, especially in remote areas. New mobility offers such as this are intended to encourage visitors and locals to use alternative transportation instead of cars.


On their study trips the Last Mile project partners get a picture of alternatives to motorised transport which work well and are accepted by the public. Local workshops are organised with regional stakeholders to discuss tailor-made mobility schemes. After successful study trips to East Tyrol, Catalonia, Bulgaria and Luxembourg, a short visit to Poland is planned for 9-12 October. The focus is on seasonal tourism and the challenges for public transport associated with it.


Further information:

Petra Kestler, Press Office, Environment Agency Austria, Phone +43 1 313 04-5432