All about the EcoMobility World Festival in October 2017

How Kaohsiung turned Ecomobile

The roadmap to the EcoMobility World Festival and its legacies
by: Itzel Obregon

The EcoMobility World Festival 2017 celebrated its closing on October 31. The one-month event attracted more than 300,000 people to visit Hamasen neighborhood to experience the ecomobility lifestyle. Kaohsiung showcased the possibility of cleaner ways of mobility within the city, the EcoMobility World Congress discussed solutions to urban mobility challenges worldwide, and The Kaohsiung Strategies for the Future of Urban Mobility were presented and brought to COP23. Since 2015, when Kaohsiung won the bid to host the EcoMobility World Festival in 2017 the city has held more than 110 conferences and meetings on local communication and municipal work. On the first day of October 2017, Kaohsiung officially launched the festival and officially ended on the 31st of the same month.

The one-month event was jointly organized by the City of Kaohsiung and ICLEI and the EcoMobility World Congress attracted more than 50 cities, 23 mayors and 1,200 attendees delivering on ways to implement “livable, shared and smart mobility” as well as to discuss sustainable transport practices and policies. Kaohsiung also organized an environmental education and low-carbon transportation exhibition. Over 50 manufacturers and companies provided advanced, diversified and low-carbon green transportation vehicles, including unmanned minibuses, electric buses, light railways and electric tricycles and provided the opportunity to experience advanced transportation services with test rides.

The one-month event also arranged more than 150 performances and attracted more than 300,000 visitors to the demonstration neighborhood. During the one-month event, more than 350 community tour groups were invited to visit the community so that visitors could learn about community parking space, plans, green landscaping, creative painting and beautifying, improvement of road landscape and renovation of features alley and other sustainable mobility infrastructures.

Long preparations for the Festival in Kaohsiung brought many challenges to become an ecomobile demonstration community and enable visitors and locals to experience in person walking, cycling and  other forms of sustainable mobility. After this festival, the neighborhood became one of the most ecomobile communities around. It includes MRT, LRT, ferry, electric bus, shared electric car, shared electric car and shared bicycle program.

To achieve this, the city mobilized 22 offices who were fully involved in the project to improve the living environment of the community, the introduction of multi-modal transport infrastructure and vehicles to increase green belt space for community refurbishment. More importantly, more than 70 local communication talks were held between the city government and the residents of Hamasen over the past year. From the opposition to support, more than 1,793 residents served as honor ambassadors to assist the festival publicity.

Achievements of the EcoMoblilty World Festival

Festival four eventsImplementation results
1. EcoMobility World Congress
  • 43 countries, 50 cities, 23 mayors and 1,200 participants
2. Environmental Education and Low Carbon Transportation Exhibition
  • More than 20 low-carbon companies and 50 partners exhibited their products and services and allowed the public to visit and experience advanced low-carbon transport systems such as light rail systems, unmanned electric minibuses, electric buses, shared electric vehicles, shared electric vehicles and shared bicycles
  • More than 50,000 visitors came to the exhibition
3. Cultural activities
  • Performance Activities: 150 performances, attracting more than 300,000 people
  • Community Visits: Involving 150 volunteers, inviting 364 missions and 7,000 visiting the demonstration neighborhood
4. Hamasen EcoMobile Neighborhood
  • A month-long EcoMobility demonstration community with five major transport services package (detailed below)
  • Carbon reduction: The demonstration community reduced the average daily CO2 emissions of vehicles by about 7.5 metric tons
  • Displacement of private vehicle mobility: 62.4% of the two trips were shifted
    Sales of electric bicycles: 266 vehicles were sold (9.74% of the city)
  • Hamasen Honorary Ambassador Advisory Board: 1793 people formed by the local residents, representatives of the temple, business, primary school children. )

EcoMobility Demonstration neighborhood: implementation of five major transport facilities

Five major transport facilitiesImportant outcome indicators
1. Free alternative parking
  • Set 11 alternative parking for residents
  • Provided 569 alternative parking spaces
  • Issued 881 community parking permits
  • Average parking rate of 85% in these parking facilities
2. Shuttle buses
  • 2-line community free shuttle buses with 24-hour access center
  • During the event, the service reached 19,000
3. Free public transport (resident foreshore card)
  • Issued 3,800 resident public transport cards
  • Free bus, MRT, LRT and ferry rides
  • Residents of the demonstration area the use of public transport cards reached 60,000 passengers
4. Free shared mobility
  • Provided 400 bicycles and 110 electric scooters  for residents to borrow
  • Free mobility sharing services attracted a total of about 5,200 users
5. Free community logistics services
  • 2 community logistics service center
  • Over 30 transportation services daily
  • More than 40 stores use low-carbon transportation services for their goods

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