Current urbanization trends in the Global South are exerting unprecedented pressure on the urban mobility systems. In fact, many developing cities see a decline in the modal share of active mobility and public transportation as cities are increasingly automobile-dominated. The transport sector is already one of the highest CO2-emitting sectors representing 23% of global emissions; lack of strategic action may exacerbate the situation, causing more health, safety and equity issues.
While city administrations plan and implement policies and plan to improve mobility services and infrastructure, one of the common challenges is the lack of direct feedback on the effectiveness of the system. It is commonly acknowledged that the need to measure is critical to avoid ineffective solutions. Hence, to make ecomobile modes of transport attractive, such services not only need to be planned and operated well, they also need to be assessed on a continual basis.
The overarching goal of the project is to support cities to identify challenges and opportunities of its urban mobility system in hope that the city could shift towards more ecomobile modes of travel i.e. walking, cycling, shared and public transport. To achieve this goal, the project will work with six selected project cities from China, India and Uganda (two each) through three intervention points:
The EcoMobility SHIFT is a methodology designed for cities to measure the performance in urban mobility and make informed decisions based on the areas that need improvement. Upon completing the SHIFT assessment, cities will be better positioned in creating and strengthening the mobility plans through informed decision.
The project will also strengthen institutional capacity through thematic working groups that facilitate knowledge exchange and transfer among project cities, current EcoMobility Alliance cities, and with external partners.
Learning outcomes and experiences gained will be collated and disseminated in the form of case studies and/or presentations at international workshops and conferences. While this project seeks to benefit project cities through the interventions mentioned, it also encourages replication to other cities.