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Bologna, recognized for its commitment to sustainable transport
Recently, the host city of NGV2012 won the "European Mobility Week Award 2011". The runners-up are Larnaka (Cyprus) and Zagreb (capital of Croatia), respectively. This prize further confirms the work carried out by Bologna in favor of the environment. And, for this purpose, NGV is one of its major allies.
* Emilia Romagna, the region whose capital is precisely Bologna, has 151 NGV stations, 17% of the national total.
* Also, the province of Bologna triples the NGV stations’ density of the whole Italy, with 27 dispensing points.
Below, we reproduce the newsletter released by the NGVA Europe on the award received by the city:
Bologna wins European Mobility Week Award 2011
The Italian city of Bologna has won the 2011 European Mobility Week Award on its tenth anniversary. The city was judged by an independent panel of mobility experts to have done the best job in promoting clean alternatives to using cars and involving citizens in activities to support sustainable urban mobility during European Mobility Week 2011. The runners-up were Larnaka in Cyprus and the Croatian capital Zagreb. The award was handed to the winning city by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik and Vice-President Siim Kallas European Commissioner for Transport at a ceremony in the Brussels Musical Instrument Museum on 5 March 2012.
Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for Transport, said: "While responding to the challenge to make our cities cleaner and safer, the 2011 Transport White Paper highlights the need for a new approach to urban mobility. The winning cities have a lot to offer in this respect. By sharing experience on alternative mobility, European cities can implement more attractive and reliable options, thus making a positive impact on our quality of life."
Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: "With cities and their citizens increasingly suffering from congestion and pollution, there has never been a better time to switch from private cars to other means of transport. Bologna, Larnaka and Zagreb have found creative ways to permanently make their transport infrastructure more sustainable. I hope they will inspire other cities to do the same."
The 2011 campaign theme – “Alternative Mobility” – set out to support the transition towards a resource-efficient transport system by promoting clean, fuel-efficient or human-powered modes of transport.