The Community of Madrid joins European Mobility Week with debates, workshops, an exhibition and a scavenger hunt
The Community of Madrid joins European Mobility Week (EMS), which starts today and runs until 22 September, with debates, workshops, exhibitions and a scavenger hunt, among other activities, to promote and encourage sustainable public transport that is accessible to all.
The Regional Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure, through the Regional Transport Consortium and Metro de Madrid, has launched and is participating in various activities, both in person and online, within the framework of the EMS which, in this year's edition, is being held under the slogan For emission-free mobility.
The activities begin today with the opening by the Vice-Minister of Transport of the Community of Madrid, Consolación Pérez Esteban, of the exhibition of the 8th Photography Competition organised by the Stop Accidentes association. The exhibition, which is open to the public at the Plaza de Castilla transport interchange, includes more than a hundred images that call for awareness and warnings about road safety.
Among the most important proposals is the 25th anniversary of the Moncloa transport interchange, which the Consortium is celebrating tomorrow, Thursday, with the attendance of the Regional Government's Minister of Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure, Ángel Garrido. To this end, travellers are invited to take part in the Leave your Footprint challenge with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions by encouraging the use of public transport and seeking to reduce the carbon footprint caused by daily and regular travel in the capital.
SUSTAINABLE AND HEALTHY MOBILITY
In order to promote sustainable and healthy mobility, the new green routes designed by the Consortium for walking and cycling will be presented on Friday, linking up with the nearest bus and metro stops. Specifically, a new green route has been created to accompany the route of the Cycling Green Belt in its northern section and another that, from the Arroyofresno Metro station, encourages people to travel through El Pardo to Somontes.
The Regional Transport Consortium is also collaborating with the activities prepared by the Spanish Railway Foundation, such as a workshop for children on how to move around by train, which will be held on Saturday at the Railway Museum, or an online workshop for families, with a model of the sustainable city. In addition, on the 22nd, coinciding with the European Day Without Cars, access to the Railway Museum will be free for those who present a transport ticket used on the day.
On the same day, 22nd, Ángel Garrido will open a round table on post-pandemic mobility, organised at the Madrid College of Civil Engineers, in which the Managing Director of Metro, Silvia Roldán, the Consortium's Manager, Luis Miguel Martínez-Palencia, and representatives of the Ministry of Transport and the Madrid City Council, among others, will participate.
METRO FOR ALL AUDIENCES
For its part, Metro de Madrid has organised its activities for European Mobility Week with inclusion as the main focus. Therefore, this week sees the start of a cycle of training sessions, mostly virtual, aimed at professionals, beneficiaries and family members of Madrid associations working for people with intellectual disabilities.
This training is designed to complete the autonomy programmes in transport and will be attended by Metro employees, who will answer the questions raised by users on measures against coronavirus or on the general use of the network. This initiative is part of the Support Line for the Reinforcement of Autonomy (LARA) developed by the public company to favour inclusion through transport.
To put their autonomy in the use of the underground into practice, on the 22nd a group of young people with intellectual disabilities or developmental problems will participate in a scavenger hunt on the Metro network. Coinciding with the EMS, Metro de Madrid will also publish its 2019 corporate report, which covers the underground's activity and its contribution to sustainable mobility, in the year in which it celebrates its centenary.