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European Mobility Week expands in Asia
Together with representatives of Car Free Day Japan, Ciara Leonard of the European Coordination of EMW was invited to a symposium with representatives of the city of Hoi An in Vietnam to help them prepare in principle and practice for their first car free day and the first one in Vietnam to be associated with the Campaign

 The problems facing cities as they take steps to move in the direction of better urban mobilty are not limited to any one region or country. European Mobility, while focused in the EU-27, has long been supported by Car Free Day and sustainable mobility movements in other countries. From Argentina to America and onwards to countries in Asia, cities have taken the step to register for the European Mobility Week Campaign and what it represents. 

Together with representatives of Car Free Day Japan, Ciara Leonard of the European Coordination of EMW was invited to a symposium with representatives of the city of Hoi An in Vietnam to help them prepare in principle and practice for their first car free day and the first one in Vietnam to be associated with the Campaign.

Hoi An is a on Vietnam's central coast, famous for its well preserved old town and the landscape of its lush hinterland. The towns populations increases tenfold during the tourism season. Eight years ago, the city officials took the step of reducing access to motorised transport in the old town.These eight years have seen the town develop at an unprecedented rate and with this rapid growth journeys by bike or by foot have given way to the motorbike, van and car.

Committed to establishing themselves as an eco-city, Hoi An now seeks to build on earlier successes and show citizens that alternatives are possible. Different to Europe, there is no public transport to speak of to fall back on, and so for the long term creative solutions in terms of urban and transport planning need to be found. But for now, Hoi An's first Car Free Day will take place on September 9, which is the city's annual environment day.

The workshop was organised by Car Free Day Japan and supported by the Japanese Fund for Global Environment Grants Program, under the auspice of Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transports of Japan and European Mobility Week. 

European Mobility Week expands in Asia