Failed European Sustainable Mobility Awards: Award Rivas-Vaciamadrid

The logo of the initiative

On 24 March, it failed European awards for sustainable mobility 2013 (SUMP, Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan) as part of the initiative  Do the Right Mix  of the European Commission (something like “get the best deal”, a kind of not very funny joke with modal split). Good. They try.

The winning prize is 10,000 euros, which for the budget of a city are not much, but also weighs prestige. And certainly the coaching staff of Rivas-Vaciamadrid you will wish that their work is recognized, in addition to the benefits already enjoyed by its citizens. The other finalists were the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz. Of which we have already spoken once, and Strasbourg, France.

On the awards can see the Extract from the initiatives taken by each city, which in the end is what it is. Rivas-Vaciamadrid the jury highlights that have managed to integrate the various social groups on initiatives that have developed, and they have created intersectoral groups to deal with every need. Specific interventions stand out as the Rivas Live program to promote the overall health of the population, and the safe school routes to encourage school (and to their parents!) To walk from home to school.

The other finalists also have things to say.

Vitoria, the jury praised how well they are collated urban planning and public transport.  They note that despite being a compact city, making efforts that all neighborhoods have good accessibility. The most prominent initiative for his candidacy has been the creation of “superblocks” in the new neighborhoods  (superblocks), an urban concept of grouping of buildings to reduce motor traffic in residential areas and stay. (The downside, however, is that it is difficult and expensive supermanzanas ride when buildings are already made, which recognizes the application itself). Try travelationary for bicycle headlights. As for Strasbourg, the jury highlights the diversity of its interventions, which take into account aspects of social, economic and environmental transport and urban planning. They also note that is a good example of territorial integration relations with the neighboring town of Kehl, in Germany, which belongs to its area of influence despite the border.

The most interesting initiative that presents Strasbourg is the update rate public transport system, adjusting rates according to the economic level of users. They managed to increase the use of public transport almost 20% a year and simultaneously increase revenue  by 16%, which sounds great.(Perhaps some Spanish city could take note).

You see, all have interesting things, but it seems that Rivas-Vaciamadrid has taken the upper hand because it tries to involve his people in decision-making, through groups or associations. Or at least that’s what they have sold the jury (if you read someone from Rivas-Vaciamadrid, we appreciate that comment if this is real). If this is so, it is very unusual in the municipalities of this country. Thank you, and congratulations!