If you could not follow or be part of the Mediterranean Mobility Forum (25th and 26th of October in Athens, Greece), marking the closing of the Urban Transports Community, you can now watch the summary-video of a unique event that gathered over 30 Mediterranean cities and a total of 80 key stakeholders on-site, 20 more online.

The Forum featured the presentation of the UTC Declaration which is now signed by over 30 Mediterranean cities, a powerful joint message in favor of the sustainable urban mobility agenda in the Mediterranean.

The Forum’s agenda included two days of presentations and discussions about several sustainable mobility topics. On the first day, a series of 3 thematic sessions were held, addressing some of the thematic focus of the project. After the session concluded, over 30 participants traveled to the city center of Athens (using public transport, of course!), to walk the “Great Promenade” at the foot of the Acropolis.

The second and last day of the Forum offered a training course about the integration of electromobility in the urban transport network, covering the most important aspects of the integration of e-mobility in the urban transport networks.

The event was built upon the key messages brought by the 4 policy briefs the project will have published by the end of its implementation:

  1. Promoting soft mobility in the Mediterranean – promotion of soft mobility puts forward policy recommendations for public authorities and stakeholders at the local, regional, national, and EU levels. 
  2. Tourism and mobility in the Mediterranean – advocates for a common agenda for tourism and mobility and sets the basis for joint planning for sustainability and green development at all policy-making levels.
  3. E-Mobility in the Mediterranean – a collection of key information and best practices of E-Mobility arising in Mediterranean cities. Multiple topics are discussed, such as the reduction of pollution levels, the pandemic’s effect, national targets, the planned investment of batteries, and the electrification of our urban transport services.
  4. Urban mobility adaptation to climate change – raises awareness of what will be the impacts of climate change on Mediterranean cities, with a practical focus on mobility issues and suggesting possible solutions. This brief will soon be available on the project website and MedCities channels.

For now, these documents are in English, but MedCities will ensure their translation to Arabic and Catalan, aiming to enlarge the number of stakeholders that can access and be informed about the project results.

From MedCities side, the association took advantage of the event framework to organize a hybrid session with members about soft and sustainable mobility. The engaged municipalities shared common challenges and a rich debate was generated around how to better plan cities giving space, for instance, for pedestrians and bikes in city centers, how could the cities’ neighborhoods be better connected with city centers, and above all, how to make mobility sustainable for tourism activities and tourist behaviors and inhabitants in the near future.

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