Press release -
Voices from the South for Sustainable Mobility
As of 16 September, the bus stops on the TICE buses will be announced by Esch2022’s residents.
To mark the occasion of the European Mobility Week from 16 to 22 September, the Esch2022 team and the REMIX Community (volunteers working for Esch2022) met with residents of the Minett region to record their voices to announce the bus stops. Through eight castings in different municipalities, more than 300 residents lent their voices to the project and 110 voices from Esch2022 will ultimately be used to announce the regional bus stops on the TICE buses starting on 16 September.
"We are pleased that so many people partook, and we hope that by actively participating we can convince some members of the community to use public transportation instead of their cars. The colourful mix will certainly help make the next TICE bus ride more exciting. Soon, passengers will be able to hear relatives, friends or even themselves on their bus ride. We also hope that the other events during the European Mobility Week will contribute to more sustainable mobility in the South." says Thierry Kruchten, Head of Tourism, Mobility & Sustainable Development at Esch2022.
Esch2022 Participates in the European Mobility Week
To make residents aware of the topic of sustainable mobility, some Esch2022 municipalities have come up with exciting concepts. For example, the international event "Parking Day" aims to use car parks for artistic or creative activities. The international project "PARK(ing) Day" originated in San Francisco and is intended to show how urban spaces can be reconquered and transformed into meeting places for increased urban openness in a creative way.
In the municipality of Sanem and Käerjeng, bicycles can be repaired together with experts. Both old and young who do not yet have a bicycle will also be able to get some advice when choosing a bicycle. In the municipality of Ottange, the «Fab-la-Juice» will be on display. It’s a bicycle that powers a blender and purées fruit and vegetables into a smoothie through pedalling. In addition to this, the ‘Communauté de Communes Pays Haut Val d'Alzette’ (CCPHVA) and Esch2022 together with their partner association "PickitUp Luxembourg" will organize garbage collection campaigns.
The car-free Sunday will let residents to get to know the pedal mobile "Cuistax" on a tour through the Laval Park along the swimming pool in Esch-Alzette. This promotes joint leisure activities, exchange between Esch2022 and the region’s residents while at the same time presenting a form of active mobility, symbolic of the Esch2022 region. Another Esch2022 initiative is called "Spannend Juegd duerch de Süden Teil 2". This event invites you to get to know the region’s hiking trails in a playful way. Participants can even win overnight stays in the "Escher Bamhaiser", the Esch Tree Houses.
About the European Mobility Week
From 16 to 22 September 2021, Esch2022 will participate in the European Mobility Week. Launched in Luxembourg in 2005 and supported by the European Commission and its Directorate-General for the Environment, the campaign is committed to sustainable mobility and the health and quality of life of its citizens. The promotion of sustainable transportation (walking, cycling, public transport) should enable citizens to consider alternatives to driving. Esch2022’s goal has three objectives: to ensure attractive mobility, to ease access to tourist attractions and to promote active mobility and multimodal transport.
The theme of this year's Mobility Week is "Active, Healthy and Safe on the Road" and is meant to pay tribute to the suffering that Europe (and the world) has endured during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also reflects the opportunities for change that have arisen from this unprecedented health crisis in Europe.
Esch2022 is the European Capital of Culture 2022, featuring the town of Esch-Alzette, the ten other Luxembourg municipalities of the Pro-Sud union and the eight French municipalities of the CCPHVA region. The slogan of Esch2022 is “Remix Culture”. Production work on the implementation of all of the themes is being carried out in close cooperation with the municipalities, the ministries and other partners. Esch2022 is managed by the association ‘Capitale européenne de la culture 2022 asbl’. In 2022, two other cities in Europe will hold this title: Kaunas in Lithuania and Novi Sad in Serbia.