Sustainable Urban Transport at the World Urban Forum 6

Organized jointly by UN-Habitat, the Government of Italy, the Campania Region and the City of Naples, the premier conference on cities and urban issues will take place in Naples, Italy, from 1st to 7th September 2012. The theme for this year’s World Urban Forum 6 is The Urban Future. Over 3,000 participants from 114 countries have already registered. As part of the focus area Urban Mobility, Energy & Environment, several events related to sustainable urban transport will emphasize its important role for overall city development. Below we highlight the most important events – a full list of all events including side and networking events is available at the official WUF homepage.

 Turn the Tide – Promote green, inclusive and sustainable urban mobility
Organized by KfW Development Finance together with GIZ, this networking event will feature presentations on three best practices for sustainable urban transport. Following an opening speech of Mr. Franz Marré, Head of Division at the

German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), three speakers will present their experiences with improving public transport in Bursa, Turkey and Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as traffic management in Hefei, China. Especially noteworthy is the opportunity to get a rare inside view on the transition process towards the Rea Vaya BRT system in Johannesburg, as Mr. Eric Motshwane, Executive Chairperson of the BRT operating company, will focus on the perspective of the minibus operators participating in the process, and illustrate the progress made until today during operations of the first phase of Rea Vaya. He will also put the project in the context of the overall city development strategy for Johannesburg.

Special event: Sustainable Transport following Rio+20
This session on promoting sustainable transport, organized by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) will provide an opportunity to discuss voluntary commitments announced at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) on sustainable transport related to financing, policy, knowledge management and capacity development. The session also will consider setting targets to measure sustainable urban transport and coordinating efforts and information sharing among UN agencies engaged in sustainable transport.

Dialogue 4: Urban Mobility, Energy and Environment
Building on the outcomes of Rio+20, this Dialogue will provide an opportunity to dicuss mobility in the context of the emerging urban agenda in preparation for HABITAT III in 2016. For detailed information, see also:a

More Info : Un-Habitat

Do The Right #Mix: new European campaign on sustainable urban mobility launched!

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On 3 July the European Commission launched its new European wide mobility campaign which aims at fostering positive change in behaviours and attitudes of citizens.The three year campaign, managed by EUROCITIES, together with Mostra and Polis, will support sustainable urban mobility campaigners in promoting the combined use of different sustainable modes of transport in 31 countries.
In this framework, the European Commission has created an award fund of €500,000 that will support activities which demonstrate “significant networking and multiplication effects at the local, regional and/or national, or even EU level”.The Do The Right Mix campaign will also include an award scheme on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) to recognise towns or cities with advanced approaches to integrated transport planning.

This campaign is a great opportunity for cities wishing to promote cleaner urban mobility, as it supports, both financially and in terms of visibility, the implementation of local projects and the set up of raising-awareness local events. Cities are encouraged to showcase their achievements to a wider European audience by publishing them online.

source : Eurocities

La Rochelle is a French pioneer in terms of soft transport

La Rochelle, reputed for its commitment to urban ecology, is unquestionably recognised as the French capital of soft mobility initiatives. Your next summer destination?La Rochelle hit the news recently in terms of sustainable transport innovation with CityMobil. The goal of this project, which brings together 26 partners across 10 countries, is to test out alternative means of transport, using new technologies in an urban environment.The city is serving as a support for a test, in real conditions, involving entirely automated vehicles, circulating in a lane reserved for pedestrians, cyclists and delivery vehicles. The project, being managed completely by the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), will run all summer.

A city with a strong background in sustainable mobility

With the implementation of the very first self-service bicycle hire system in France in 1976, as well as the first city-centre pedestrianized area as of 1973, La Rochelle is a city that has historically attracted attention because of its soft mobility-focused, innovative culture.

The agglomeration is trying to satisfy its inhabitants’ transport requirements in the best possible way. From the perspective of making the city increasingly pleasant, La Rochelle has defined an Urban Development Plan, whose principal goal is the reduction of vehicle traffic on its streets. Alternatives to the private car, such as bicycles, electric car sharing, electric boats or even carpooling have thus been developed.

More info and source: Sustainable Mobility