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  1. Cargobike of the Year award and bicycle logistics conference to feature at IAA Transportation

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    The “Cargobike of the Year” (CABOTY) award will be presented on September 19, 2024 as part of IAA Transportation 2024 at the Hanover exhibition centre. Applications can be submitted from June 1st to August 23rd, 2024. For the first time, the IAA Transportation 2024 will host the 5th bicycle logistics conference, which will take place on September 18th.

    Source: RadMarkt

    “At IAA Transportation we want to ask ourselves the question: What does the commercial vehicle industry need so that the Paris climate goals can be achieved? One thing is clear: cargo bikes can make a contribution to CO2 reduction and decarbonization in the last mile in cities. We are therefore very pleased that we can once again offer cargo bikes a central stage with the CABOTY Award,” says Jürgen Mindel, managing director of IAA Transportation at the Association of the Automotive Industry. Last year the award was presented at the IAA Mobility in Munich.

    The submitted cargo bike models will be tested on September 19th on the trade fair’s renewed cargo bike course, which simulates city street conditions with various obstacles. A jury made up of specialist journalists, scientists and industry experts judges in the categories “Light Cargobikes”, “Heavy Cargobikes” and “Cargobike Trailer”. The award ceremony takes place in the afternoon.

    Exhibitors can also experience their cargo bikes on the renewed course on the days of the trade fair from September 17th to 22nd. Located nearby is the IAA Last Mile Area in Hall 13, which is dedicated to innovations for last-mile logistics with exhibitors and a Speakers Corner with keynotes. Speaking slots can also be booked optionally by Cargobike exhibitors.

    5th Bicycle Logistics Conference

    The 5th bicycle logistics conference will also be held at the IAA Transportation 2024. The specialist conference for emission-free logistics with cargo bikes and trailers in Germany on September 18th will address topics such as services, infrastructure and economic efficiency as well as the potential for climate protection in order to discuss the continuing transition to emission-free and energy-efficient mobility. Around 200 participants are expected.

    “I am pleased that we are consolidating the cooperation that began two years ago. Cargo bikes are increasingly becoming a standard as a commercial vehicle in urban commercial traffic. The strong presence at IAA Transportation expresses this and shows guests a clear option for quickly switching to CO2-neutral, cost-effective vehicles,” says Tom Assmann, Chairman of the Bicycle Logistics Association.

  2. Applications open for the 2026 European Green Capital and Green Leaf Awards

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    The European Commission recently launched the application portal for cities to submit their case for winning the European Green Capital and Green Leaf Awards. The awards exist to recognise the achievements of European cities and towns in the quest for a more sustainable urban environment. Efforts might include actions that reduce negative impact on the local and global environment, or those that enhance mobility infrastructure and improve quality of life.

    The award includes a financial prize for winning cities, and means that cities will join the likes of Tallinn, Valencia and Vilnius under the united banner of commitment to a more just, sustainable future for all.

    Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius expanded on the concept behind the awards:

    “Our EU Green Deal work becomes a reality through greener cities that take up the right initiatives. And there is a chance to shine and get rewarded for that effort. It’s our European Green Capital and Green Leaf Awards. I am calling on our European cities to pick up the challenge and apply for the 2026 titles. This is an opportunity not only to win the prestigious title, but also to share great stories and actions with other cities, inspiring one another in the process.”

    How to apply

    Cities and towns interested in nominating themselves for the award should register via the EU survey. This will ensure that all relevant information and the application form is received in advance.

    Application deadline: 30 April 2024

    Selection criteria for entrants cover seven environmental indicators: air quality, water, biodiversity, green areas & sustainable land use, waste and circular economy, noise, climate change mitigation, and climate change adaptation. The city must also show a consistent record of achieving these environmental standards, along with a commitment to further environmental progress.

    Alignment with and performance of these indicators will be reviewed by a panel of sustainability experts, who will make recommendations to the Commission, who will then select the city finalists. Finalist cities will be invited to present additional information on their sustainability governance and strategy to a jury panel, and the winners will be selected around October 2024.

    More information on the selection criteria and process can be found here.


    The European Commission established the European Green Capital award in 2008. The first city to win the award was Stockholm, for the year 2010. It was launched to recognize the important role that local authorities play in furthering environmental causes and enhancing the quality of life for residents of European cities. As more of the European population lives in urban areas, the need for social, environmental, and economic transformation becomes increasingly important.

    Since the onset of the award, 16 cities have been awarded the European Green Capital Award: Vilnius (2025), Valencia (2024), Tallinn (2023), Grenoble (2022), Lahti (2021), Lisbon (2020), Oslo (2019), Nijmegen (2018), Essen (2017), Ljubljana (2016), Bristol (2015), Copenhagen (2014), Nantes (2013), Vitoria-Gasteiz (2012), Hamburg (2011) and Stockholm (2010).

    17 smaller cities have won the European Green Leaf Award: Treviso, Italy and Viladecans from Spain (2025), Elsinore in Denmark and Velenje from Slovenia (2024), Winterswijk in The Netherlands and Valongo, Portugal (2022), Grabovo, Bulgaria and Lappeenranta, Finland (2021), Limerick, Ireland and Mechelen, Belgium (2020); Cornellà de Llobregat, Spain, and Horst aan de Maas, the Netherlands (2019); Leuven, Belgium, and Växjö, Sweden (2018); Galway, Ireland (2017) and Mollèt del Valles, Spain and Torres Vedras, Portugal (2015).

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  3. EUROBIKE AWARD 2024: Application phase begins

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    EUROBIKE is recognised nationally and internationally as the most important bicycle and mobility trade fair. The EUROBIKE AWARD honors the most relevant and innovative products and concepts in the industry. At the 32nd edition of the trade fair from 3 to 7 July 2024 in Frankfurt am Main, the winners will be highlighted on site and in the media and will be chosen at an awards ceremony. The registration portal for the EUROBIKE AWARD 2024 is now open.

    From sustainable material innovations for bicycles to high-performance, multifunctional e-bikes and cargo bikes to concepts to enhance the safety of two-wheeler riders in road traffic: products and visions from the bike and mobility industry play a key role towards sustainable transportation. The EUROBIKE AWARD showcases the diversity of these impactful initiatives.

    “With the EUROBIKE AWARD, we are setting an example in business and society. On an international stage, we present the wide range of innovation and conceptual ideas of an industry that provides great solutions for essential needs. Therefore, I am very excited about the submissions for the EUROBIKE AWARD 2024,” says Dirk Heidrich, EUROBIKE Project Manager at fairnamic GmbH. The trade fair organisation is once again cooperating with the German Design Council as an experienced design and brand authority in Germany.

    Requirements and evaluation criteria

    The EUROBIKE AWARD is aimed at companies in the bicycle and mobility industry, designers and developers. This year, a jury of eight renowned experts will select the strongest projects from the submissions in a two-stage process. In addition to the overall concept and the commercial value of the product, the following criteria are also considered in the assessment:

    innovation level, functionality, design, manufacturing quality and choice of materials, as well as sustainability. Eligible products and concepts for submission encompasses bicycles, e-bikes, light electric vehicles up to 45 km/h, electric vehicles, components, accessories, clothing and accessories, digital solutions, mobility solutions and infrastructure.

    Companies and industry players can now register for award participation with their new products starting now at: https://eurobike.com/frankfurt/en/topics-and-programme/eurobike-award.html. Here, you will find comprehensive information on the assessment criteria and special awards such as the Green Award, Start-Up Award and Gold Award. Participation in the EUROBIKE AWARD is open to everyone, regardless of whether they are taking part in the trade fair.

    The jury for the EUROBIKE AWARD 2024

    The expert panel for the new edition is composed as follows:

    • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Hübler, Chair of Intelligent Machine Systems, Mittweida University of Applied Sciences
    • H. David Koßmann, Editor-in-chief fahrstil. Das Radkulturmagazin
    • Maike Larschow, Sales Manager Rad & Tour Cuxhaven
    • Daniel Rese, Designer and research assistant at the Offenbach Institute for Mobility Design (OIMD) at the Offenbach University of Art and Design
    • Warren Rossiter, Senior Technical Editor bikeradar
    • Sabine Spitz, Olympic champion, two-time world champion, four-time European champion and 20-time German champion in mountain biking
    • Christian Zanzotti, Designer, Zanzotti Industrial Design
    • Dirk Zedler, Graduate engineer, Zedler Institut of bicycle technology and security GmbH

    The award dates briefly

    • Submission Phase EUROBIKE AWARD: 22 January to 24 April 2024
    • EUROBIKE AWARD Jury Meeting: 6 and 7 June 2024
    • EUROBIKE AWARD Ceremony: 3 July 2024

    Startups may take part in the awards at a reduced price.

    A Eurobike Award factsheet can be found here.

    About Eurobike:

    Eurobike is the central platform of the cycling and future mobility universe. Together with visionaries from politics, business, society and the mobility industry, it creates space for communication, new ideas, change of perspective, and strong partnerships for innovative mobility solutions and new business models. With Eurobike, the booming and rapidly changing bicycle and future mobility industries have found a common platform. It sets new standards and identifies key topics in the areas of sports, leisure, health and mobility, makes continuous progress and brings the global community together live. The 32nd Eurobike will take place on the grounds of Messe Frankfurt from Wednesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 7, 2024. For more information, go to: www.eurobike.com

    About fairnamic GmbH:

    With the founding of fairnamic GmbH, the trade fair companies Frankfurt and Friedrichshafen are sealing a partnership focusing on innovative mobility. The market position in the future markets of bicycles, e-bikes, micromobility and general aviation is strengthened by pooling expertise and market knowledge, global positioning, brand strength and speed. The joint venture focuses on the Eurobike and AERO brands and their satellites. The objective is to expand and further develop the two flagship trade fairs. For more information, go to: www.fairnamic.com

    About the German Design Council

    The German Design Council has been operating since 1953 as one of the world’s leading centers of expertise in communication and knowledge transfer within design, branding and innovation. It is part of the world design community and has always contributed to the establishment of global exchange and networking, thanks to its international offering, promotion of new talent and memberships. With events, awards, jury meetings and expert committees, the Council connects its members and numerous other international design and brand experts, fosters discourse, and provides important stimulation for the global economy. More than 330 businesses currently count among its members.

  4. Applications open for International Cargo Bike of the Year 2023

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    Source: LOGISTRA

    HUSS-VERLAG and its LOGISTRA magazine are organizing the “International Cargobike of the Year” competition for the fourth time. This competition has become a recognized platform for showcasing innovations in the rapidly growing cargo bike industry. A panel of experienced bike logistics professionals will evaluate the numerous new products from the CABOTY candidates in a streamlined process. They will assess the models based on their suitability for commercial use, technical innovation, and overall cost-effectiveness across categories such as “Light Cargobikes,” “Heavy Cargobikes,” and “Cargobike Trailers.”

    The test days for the competition will take place at the Eurobike and the IAA MOBILITY events. The winners will be recognized at a dedicated award ceremony during the IAA MOBILITY.

    Applications for the competition can be submitted until August 14, 2023.

    To apply, visit the website here!

  5. TRA VISIONS 2024 contest registration opens to transport researchers

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    The Transport Research Awards offer accolades for young and senior researchers across 5 categories, plus an honorary award

    TRA 2024 (Transport Research Arena) will take place in Dublin, Ireland from the 15th – 18th of April and is the foremost European transport event covering all transport modes and aspects of mobility. The winners of two the two TRA Visions competitions will be announced at the 2024 event, along with an honorary awardee. The registrations are divided as follows:

    The TRA VISIONS 2024 young researcher competition: A young researcher competition seeking to stimulate interest among young researchers and students in sustainable transport. The registration period will be open until 30/06/2023.

    The TRA VISIONS 2024 senior researcher competition: A competition for senior researchers in the field of innovative transport concepts based on results only from EU-funded projects. The deadline for entry is 14th September 2023 23:59 CEST.

    In addition to the above, a “special honorary award” will honoring a “very” senior researcher who is about to complete or has already completed their career, and who has through the years made an outstanding and well-recognized contribution to transport-related research and innovation in their respective field.

    The organization explains,

    “Both competitions cover all transport modes (road, rail, waterborne, airborne and cross modality) in line with the EC policy objectives for smart, green and integrated transport. The S&T objectives are to nurture the best transport researchers in Europe, promote the alignment of their interests with those of transport stakeholders, encourage them to participate in the conference and celebrate their achievements. The process is two-way: students are inspired by the presentations at the main conference and mature researchers are inspired by the research and vision of the young.”

    The competitions are divided into five categories, each per transport mode, with participants being able to choose which of the ways they will submit their project:

    Road, Rail, Waterborne, Airborne, Cross-Modality

    Interested parties are invited to join a series of half-hour webinars which will detail the application process, timeline, and prize:


    8th, 13-13.30 CET
    17th, 13-13.30 CET
    24th, 13-13.30 CET


    1st, 13-13.30 CET
    8th, 13-13.30 CET
    14th, 13-13.30 CET

  6. TRA Abstract Submissions Deadline Extended to 29th May 2023

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    Source: Transport Research Arena

    The 2024 Transport Research Arena (TRA) is to take place in Dublin from 15th – 18th April, on the theme of Transport Transitions: Advancing Sustainable and Inclusive Mobility.

    The TRA is a major conference and showcases the latest advances in mobility across Europe and elsewhere. It includes technical and demonstrative programmes and addresses all modes of transport and mobility logistics. Industry representatives, policymakers and research bodies meet to discuss innovations, policies, logistics, and achievements in our mobility and transport systems with a common aim to improve it. The TRA have designed a programme that will allow contributions from anyone working in the transport and mobility sector to showcase their ideas and policies. Entries are now open here, and the updated deadline is 29th May 2023.

    Presentation Type

    Presentation summaries can be addressed to two categories:
    Oral and poster presentation
    Poster presentation

    The Programme Committee can adjust the submission types to coincide with the conference dynamics; oral may change to poster and vice versa. Authors of submitted pieces will be informed of any changes when the documents have been accepted by the committee, whose decision is final.

    Oral presentations will include Q&A opportunities. Posters will require to display a poster at the conference and be available for discussion during the view sessions.

    Full Paper Submission

    A full paper will be required from the author by 14th September 2023 or else it will not be included in the programme. Confirmation of acceptance by the committee will be sent in November 2023 and include instructions on submitting.

    Special Issue Publication

    During submission stages, authors can decide on whether they wish to include their submission in a special edition of the European Transport Research Review journal. Those wishing to be included will be required to provide a novelty statement. Reviews will be conducted by the editor from European Transport Research Review in a re-screening event before a full preview process. Highest scoring submissions will be selected for publication.

    TRAVisions Senior Researcher Award

    Any submissions based upon an EU funding research project can also be entered into the VISIONS Senior Researcher Award. Submissions must include an impact statement. Any previously published or presented submissions will not be considered for presentation.

  7. Submissions are open for The Eurobike Award 2023

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    Designers, developers, manufacturers and importers from the bicycle and mobility industry have until 14 April to submit products and innovations to the 2023 edition of The Eurobike Award.

    The Eurobike Award 2023, the renowned award for innovative and high-quality products in the bicycle and future mobility industry, will be presented for the first time at Messe Frankfurt after a one-year break and the relocation of the leading international trade fair Eurobike from Lake Constance to the Main River. For the first time, EUROBIKE is cooperating in the realisation of the award with the German Design Council, the design and branding authority in Germany is an experienced initiator of highly respected design awards.

    Industry professionals can take advantage of this unique opportunity at EUROBIKE, submitting products and project innovations in a total of nine categories – including newly established product groups such as light electric vehicles, digital solutions, and mobility and infrastructure concepts. The deadline for submission is 14 April 2023.

    Visit the Eurobike Award 2023 homepage, here.

    Winners can look forward to a large award ceremony and a central award exhibition in Future Mobility Hall 8. Awardees can benefit from the reputation of the EUROBIKE Award, being an advantageous marketing tool to position products on the market.

    Designers, developers, manufacturers and importers from the bicycle and mobility industry can submit their innovations – regardless of whether they are represented as exhibitors at EUROBIKE 2023 or not.

  8. Autonomy Mobility Startup Challenge open for applicants

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    Sustainable mobility network will reward startups that are bringing new innovations and enabling transformation in the mobility sector

    Autonomy Paris is billed as the world’s first trade show for mobility solutions, and the 2023 edition will award 8 winners in the 5th edition of the Autonomy Mobility Startup Challenge (formerly known as Funding the Movement). The aim of the challenge is to recognise and celebrate startups that are bringing new innovations and enabling transformation in the mobility sector. It is open to startups less than 7 years old presenting projects, products, solutions, ideas, or prototypes focusing on any of 7 sub-sectors below.

    Applications are open from now until November 15th 2022, and from these, 21 startups will be pre-selected to pitch during Autonomy Paris (3 from each sub-sector). At the event, 8 winners will be chosen by a jury, composed of mobility investors, strategic mobility players, and partners of Autonomy, to receive a prize (1 from each sub-sector, and 1 overall winner from the Public).

    For all the details and to apply, visit the Autonomy Mobility Startup Challenge landing page.

    1- Best Innovation in Smart Mobility Cities
    Re-engineering cities for the shift from motorist to mobilist: Expansion of public transport, e-charging, connectivity and new mobility infrastructure.

    2- Best Innovation in Mass Transit
    Backbone of Smart Cities Mobility complementing active and shared mobility to offer a realistic alternative to car ownership

    3- Best Innovation in Active Mobility
    Moving by human power with mechanical assistance in cities built for walking and cycling

    4- Best Innovation in EV Fleets
    Switching to electric vehicles, sustainably managing the charging of the fleet, optimising driving through route planning and telematics, thereby reducing road traffic.

    5- Best Innovation in Shared Mobility
    Transportation services that offer a range of vehicle types either concurrently or one after another.

    6- Best Innovation in Urban logistics
    Supply chain management that plans, transports, and tracks goods in the least energy intensive manner.

    7- Best Innovation in Autonomous Vehicles
    Driverless trains, trams, buses, shuttles and cars to reduce traffic and transport costs

  9. The 2021 European Mobility Week Awards winners are announced

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    Kassel, Rethymno, Tampere, and Valongo were revealed as European sustainable urban mobility awards winners

    This March, the winners of three award brackets were announced; the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK awards 2021; the 10th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP Award); and the EU Urban Road Safety Award.

    The announcement was shared during a hybrid event based in Brussels, hosted by Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Transport and Mobility.

    Kassel (Germany) walked away with the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2021 for larger municipalities. Meanwhile, Valongo (Portugal) was awarded the title for smaller municipalities. The 10th SUMP Award was given to Tampere (Finland) and Rethymno (Greece) was revealed as the winner of the EU Urban Road Safety Award.

    For full details on the awardees’ achievements, visit the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK website.

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