The Universitat establishes the Mobility Commission to foster the use of sustainable transport

  • Office of the Principal
  • February 11st, 2020

The Government Council has approved, on the initiative of the Office of the Vice-Principal for Equality, Diversity and Sustainability, the establishment of the Mobility Commission to promote the access on foot, by bicycle and by public transport to the centres of the Universitat de València.

The main goal of the Mobility Commission of the Universitat de València, which is expected to be soon established, is to change the mobility model, which benefits private cars, to a more sustainable mobility. The Commission plans to develop the Mobility Plan of the Universitat, where all regulations and directives related to the mobility are considered.

The Commission will analyse the mobility model of the Universitat de València, characterised by the dispersion of buildings in many campus and locations. The expansion into different campuses was done at a time when going by private vehicle was a priority. This means a very negative impact on the environment (consumption, polluting emissions), on the society (public places for private parking, unequal access opportunities) and on the economy (loss of productive time, more expensive transport).

The vice-principal for Equality, Diversity and Sustainability, Elena Martínez, has highlighted that this Commission 'will take important political decisions such as the use and parking of scooters, negotiations with transport companies and the promotion of more sustainable uses of mobility, which will help reduce the carbon footprint and contribute to a healthy university; demonstrating that the Universitat is changing for the climate’.

In relation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the Universitat's Mobility Committee aims to motivate proposals to improve transport, prioritising the most sustainable ways of mobility within the university community.

Moreover, the Committee will give voice to all university collectives. Therefore, it will have representatives from the Student Council, the PDI Board, the Administrative and Service Staff and the Workers’ Committee. There will also be representatives from the Ontinyent Campus, the Burjassot-Paterna Campus, Blasco Ibáñez, the Tarongers Campus and the Secondary Education Teaching Masters Centre.

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