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  1. Sustainable Urban Mobility Awards – Winners announced

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    Source: Eltis, Hannah Figg

    Four European sustainable mobility champion locations were recently unveiled in Brussels by Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Transport and Mobility.

    The four awards and victors were; European Mobility Week Award 2021 for larger municipalities, Kassel (Germany); European Mobility Week Award 2021 for smaller municipalities, Valongo (Portugal); the 10th annual Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP), Tampere (Finland); and the EU Road Safety Award, Rethymno (Greece).

    European Mobility Week is an annual event, running from 16-22 September. Cities and towns across Europe can take this opportunity to trial new ideas, promote infrastructure and technologies, and track their own air quality. Residents become involved with and begin discussions surrounding sustainable mobility, heralding a social change towards a greener world. The event saw record-breaking levels of participation in 2021 with over 3,100 towns joining the scheme.

    Adina Vălean, European Commissioner for Transport, commended the award winners’ and finalists’ achievements, sharing:

    “I would like to extend my congratulations to the winners of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards as well as to all finalists. These cities have taken concrete actions to tackle transport emissions, noise, and congestion through innovative actions. With the new EU Urban Mobility Framework, we will support better planning of sustainable urban mobility, putting public transport, walking, and cycling at the core of local authorities’ efforts to improve people’s everyday lives.”

    For the full list of finalists, and an in-depth overview of their efforts toward sustainability mobility, view the Eltis coverage of the awards here.

  2. EU Green Capital & Green Leaf Awards 2024 – Application deadline extended

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    Source: Eltis, Conall Martin

    Originally scheduled to close on 25 March 2022, the EU Green Capital and EU Green Leaf awards have extended the application deadline to 28 April 2022, allowing an additional month for applications to be finalized.

    The two awards aim to amplify a simple message – Europeans have the right to live in healthy urban areas and cities should strive to improve both quality of life and environmental impact. The awards are bestowed upon cities that have taken impressive green action, with funding granted to further these actions.

    The EU Green Leaf Award is open to all cities and towns across Europe of population 20,000 – 100,000; up to two cities are selected as winners for this category. The EU Green City Award is open to larger cities with only a single winner selected.

    The objectives of the European Green Leaf Award are threefold:

    • To recognize cities that demonstrate a good environmental record and commitment to generating green growth;
    • To encourage cities to actively develop citizens’ environmental awareness and involvement;
    • To identify cities that are able to act as ‘green ambassadors’ and to encourage other cities to progress towards better sustainability outcomes.

    EU cities are assessed by a Panel of Experts on the basis of 12 environmental indicators:

    1. Air Quality
    2. Noise
    3. Water
    4. Sustainable Land Use and Soil
    5. Waste and Circular Economy
    6. Nature and Biodiversity
    7. Green Growth and Eco-innovation
    8. Climate Change: Mitigation
    9. Climate Change: Adaptation
    10. Sustainable Urban Mobility
    11. Energy Performance
    12. Environmental Governance
  3. Scott Sports ranks 2nd for dealer satisfaction in Germany

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    Source: SAZbike

    LEVA-EU member Scott Sports was awarded 2nd place for dealer satisfaction in Germany by SAZbike. The annual evaluation allows German bicycle shops to evaluate their experience with bike and e-bike suppliers. Participating stores ranked suppliers in 13 wide-ranging categories including communication, product quality, and sustainability; to be eligible for final placement each supplier must receive ratings from a minimum of 25 retailers.

    Congratulations to Scott Sports for demonstrating their consistency in dealer satisfaction, scoring higher than 17 other eligible suppliers to take the number 2 spot.

  4. Fulpra wins 4th place in Chamber of Commerce Innovation Top 100 2021

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    Source: KVK

    The Chamber of Commerce’s annual Innovation Top 100 celebrates SME companies across the Netherlands, awarding LEVA-EU member Fulpra 4th place for 2021. Fulpra develops and sells eCargo bikes for last-mile delivery services. These products reduce emissions in urban areas, reduce congestion, and facilitate a smoother delivery chain.

    The Fulpra L1 can carry four times the weight of comparable eCargo vehicles, this is thanks to a high-power electric pedal drive crafted with reliable engineering. Fulpra’s electric cargo bike is the only product in the Netherlands to have passed the strict RDW inspection and received European approval in the L1e-a category.

  5. CAKE claims ‘Outdoor Retailer Innovation Award’ for 2022

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    The CAKE Kalk AP, developed in collaboration with Southern Africa Wildlife College, was named a winner for 2022.

    Source: Outdoor Retailer

    The Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards recognize products and retail services that excel in four major categories; spark, desire, function, and impact. After careful consideration by a panel of expert judges, the LEVA-EU member CAKE’s Kalk AP was selected as one of the prestigious winners in 2022.

    Known as the ‘Outback Patroller’, the Kalk AP is the original anti-poaching bike, optimized for wildlife conservation. Working in collaboration with Southern Africa Wildlife College, the product will help anti-poaching units protect Africa’s endangered wildlife.

  6. Citkar named one of Europe’s top 50 clean mobility startups for 2022

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    Source: European Startup Prize for Mobility

    After the European Startup Prize for Mobility received 563 applications from 38 European countries, LEVA-EU member Citkar was announced as a top 50 sustainable mobility startup. Independent evaluators ranked competitors against a rigid methodology with clearly defined criteria; 2022 was said to have both the largest quantity and highest quality of overall entrants in the prize’s history. Citkar’s elevator pitch read:

    “Citkar is improving urban environments with CO2-free sustainable urban e-mobility solutions. Our product is a clever combination of bicycle and automotive tech: stable, reliable, and intuitive to ride.”

    Following the win, Citkar continues its commitment to green mobility, delivering eCargo vehicles across Europe.

  7. Submissions now open for the WRI Ross Centre Prize for Cities 2021-2022

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    The third cycle of the initiative, “Thriving Together in Turbulent Times”, offers a cash prize of $250,000 and four runner-up prizes of $25,000

    As the world is faced with large-scale issues such as the climate crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, and endless social inequalities, it is crucial that our cities transform to provide a brighter and more secure future.

    The WRI Ross Centre Prize for Cities was created to help identify and elevate the highest caliber innovations in the field of inclusive and sustainable urban transformation. Potential winners are selected by a pool of globally based experts, assessed on their transformational potential, and finally voted on by an independent jury of leaders in urban affairs.

    This year focuses on three essential questions for cities in 2022:

    • Are disruption and uncertainty the new normal in cities?
    • Can resilient cities by inclusive and sustainable?
    • How can cities best learn and apply lessons?

    All types of organizations and individuals from the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors are invited to submit their ideas for the future of urban living. Applications close on February 15th, the application portal can be visited here.

    2020-2021’s winner was the ‘Sustainable food production for a resilient Rosario’ project, which laid the foundations for a holistic approach to urban agriculture. Read more about last year’s program here.

  8. Stromer ST5 ABS receives ABC Award 2021 as “Best of Best `21” in the category “Transportation”

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    “The ABC Award is a globally unique design and industry competition that encompasses the entire world of mobility. Independent experts award outstanding products, projects and brands from all mobile areas: from best practices in communication to commercial and individual transport to pioneering innovations. The ABC Award shows the answers to new challenges in design and technology.”

    Organized by the German Design Council, the center of excellence for communication and knowledge transfer in design, branding, and innovation. For the ABC Award 2021, the expert jury from media, design, and brand communication honored the new Stromer ST5 ABS in the category “Transportation” – with the distinction “Best of Best ‘21”.

    As the world’s first fast e-bike with a standard fully integrated anti-lock braking system, the Stromer ST5 ABS offers the greatest possible riding dynamics and safety – combined with virtually seamless design down to the smallest detail. With high-end components, full connectivity, maximum performance, and a perfect combination of form and function, the Stromer top model is inspiring riders with the highest standards. Or as the jury for the ABC Award 2021 stated:

    “The Pedelecs from Stromer (…) have proven that much is possible with clear design lines, technical consistency, and excellence in production. This tradition is soundly advanced with the ST5 with fully integrated ABS in the familiar Stromer design language. Well-balanced proportions, elegant styling and precision down to the smallest detail – there are many Stromer impersonators on the market but achieving the level of quality of this brand’s e-bikes is no easy task.”

    With its innovative strength, the ST5 ABS stands for over ten years of brand tradition: Stromer has been responding to the challenges of urban traffic since 2009 – with powerful Speed Pedelecs that have redefined commuting with their striking design, speeds up to 45 km/h and ideal properties for both the city center and long distances. Stromer has won multiple awards for its innovative developments that successfully combine function, riding fun, design, and environmental protection – such as the iF Design Award, the Red Dot Award, or the Design & Innovation Award.

  9. TAIPEI CYCLE d&i awards 2021: Last Chance to Participate!

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    The organization of the Taipei Cycle show 2021 (3-6 March 2021) calls for participants. Both exhibitors and non-exhibitors are welcome to participate. Every year, the TAIPEI CYCLE d&i awards evaluates products based on their innovative value and design quality.

    The judging panel of the d&I awards include: Georg Todtenbier (CRE8 Design, Taipei), Johann Geiger (Da-Yeh University, Changhua), Ken O’Rourke (KOR-DESIGN, Taichung), Moses Hu (VanMoof, Taipei), Debbie Huang (PEGA D&E, Taipei), Edward Chiang (CDY Innovations, Taipei) and Francois Liang (Cycling & Health Tech Industry R&D Center, Taichung).

    Start-ups established after 2017 are automatically eligible to compete for the special “Gold Award – Young Enterprise” distinction. Winning this award brings brand recognition and offers an excellent marketing opportunity for compagnies.

    Designers, manufacturers, sales representatives, importers and retailers from the cycling industry are welcomed by the organization to submit their innovative designs before 14 December 2020. Participants can submit their products within the following categories:

    • Complete bicycle
    • Parts and components
    • Cycling accessories
    • E-bikes & drive units
    • Smart cycling services

    Please find more information at: https://ifworlddesignguide.com/awards/participate/taipei-cycle-d-and-i-awards

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