Sustainable transport is non-negotiable for livable cities

In the lead up to the EcoMobility World Congress, taking place from 2-4 October 2017 in Kaohsiung, we have invited Congress speakers to share their thoughts on the three key Congress themes: shared, livable and intelligent mobility. Our first guest post is from Camilla Ween, Urban Designer and Director of Goldstein Ween Architects, President of 

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Experiments in ecomobility: The story of transformation in Kaohsiung

In 2015 the City of Kaohsiung decided it will take a bold step towards a more forward-thinking urban transportation culture. For the whole month of October 2017, the city will experiment with ecomobility – a more integrated, socially inclusive and environmentally-friendly approach to urban transport – through the 3rd EcoMobility World Festival. Throughout the month, 

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Letter from Chen Chu, Mayor of Kaohsiung – February 2017

Dear ICLEI friends and colleagues, To advance sustainable transport globally, the City of Kaohsiung will host the 3rd EcoMobility World Festival and Congress in October 2017. Today, over 90 percent of Kaohsiung residents use private cars or motorized scooters to go about their daily lives, contributing to air and noise pollution, traffic jams and accidents 

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Letter from Gino Van Begin – January

Dear ICLEI friends and colleagues, Local and subnational governments have proven to be a reliable force for positive global change. Now, in 2017, it is vital that we push to make the trend towards sustainable development irreversible. We aim to do so through our actions on the ground, efforts to shape global policy and events 

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Rethinking the Commute With Intermodality in Leipzig

Shared Mobility Airbnb, Kickstarter, Craigslist, Uber, TaskRabbit. These names, and the ever-growing market value they each represent, are indicative of the shift to a new economy – the shared economy. From goods to accommodation, fundraising to services, “sharing” models have disrupted traditional economic cycles across sectors; mobility is no different (Roland Berger, 2014).  Shared mobility 

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EcoMobility World Festival 2015: The First 10 Days

The EcoMobility World Festival 2015 is ongoing in Johannesburg, South Africa, but the first week has already brought plenty of excitement and news. Here are some of our highlights! Festival Voices Our team on the ground has been interviewing residents and visitors to Sandton to find out what they think of the Festival. Follow the 

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TAPplications: Pasto Creates “Street Superblocks” for Sustainable Urban Mobility

This blog series presents some of the applications to the Transformative Actions Program, to show you how cities are “tapping” their potential for sustainability. For more information on the TAP, please visit the website. The city of Pasto, Colombia, currently suffers from a fragmented and disjointed urban transportation system. Infrastructure for pedestrians and bikes is 

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Reducing Emissions from the Transport Sector: Still a Forgotten Issue in Global Negotiations?

Guest post by Paula Perez Muleiro, European TK’Blue Agency Transport represents 26 percent of global CO2 emissions, and this sector is one of the few where emissions are still growing. Last May, at the International Transport Forum in Leipzig, the United Nations Secretary Ban Ki-moon asked transport ministers from around the globe to intensify their efforts 

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Cities in Action: South Korea’s First Ever “Transit Mall”

With a view to addressing severe traffic congestion in one of its downtown streets, the City of Daegu introduced a public transport-only district or ‘transit mall’ in 2003. The implementation of the project was delayed several years because of financial shortages and opposition among local residents and businesses. The City was finally able to establish 

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8 Days to the World Congress: A U-turn on Automobile Dependency?

Increasing levels of congestion, poor air quality, reduced road safety, lack of footpaths and reduction in the number public spaces are signs of increasing priority being given to personal automobiles. Several cities perceive increasing motorisation as an inevitable trend, and to cope with the change they provide infrastructure for automobiles, thus fuelling the growth. This 

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