The overarching goal of the “CitiesSHIFT: Capacity building and networking for climate- and people-friendly mobility” project is to support cities to identify challenges and opportunities of urban mobility system in hope that the city could shift towards more ecomobile modes of travel i.e. walking, cycling, shared and public transport.

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.

Project approach

The overarching goal of the “CitiesSHIFT: Capacity building and networking for climate- and people-friendly mobility”project is to support cities to identify challenges and opportunities of 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 through three intervention points:

Performance measurement

The EcoMobility SHIFT+ is an updated 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 to create and strengthen mobility plans by making informed decisions.

(Note: The EcoMobility SHIFT+ is an updated version of the EcoMobility SHIFT methodology which was developed in 2013 for European cities. The updated EcoMobility SHIFT Plus is customized for both developed and developing countries.)

Capacity building

This project strengthens institutional capacity through thematic working groups, workshops, and mentor program by peer city to facilitate knowledge exchange and transfer amongst project cities, EcoMobility Alliance cities and with external partners.

Global dissemination

Learning outcomes and experiences are collated and disseminated in through knowledge products and at international workshops/ conferences. The goal is to encourage other cities to replicate the process.

Project cities

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Kaili

Kaili City is a central regional city of eastern China’s Guizhou province.
Population: 522,601 (2014)
Photo credit: © Kaili Municipal People’s Government

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Foshan New City

Foshan City is a prefecture-level city in southern China’s Guangdong Province.
Foshan New City was established in 2003 in the south-central part of Foshan City.

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Ludhiana

Ludhiana is the fastest growing city in the State of Punjab in northern India.
Population: 1,618,879 (2011)

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Visakhapatnam

Vishakhapatnam is Andhra Pradesh’s largest city, both in terms of population and economy.
Population: 1,728,128 (2011 census)

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Entebbe

Entebbe Municipality is situated in Wakiso District in the south west of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.
Population: 70,219 (2014 census)

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Jinja

Jinja lies 81 kilometers east from the capital of Kampala, Uganda, also in the Busoga sub-region.
Population: 72,931 (2014 census)

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Kaili

Kaili City is a central regional city of eastern China’s Guizhou province.
Population: 522,601 (2014)
Photo credit: © Kaili Municipal People’s Government

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Foshan New City

Foshan City is a prefecture-level city in southern China’s Guangdong Province.
Foshan New City was established in 2003 in the south-central part of Foshan City.

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Ludhiana

Ludhiana is the fastest growing city in the State of Punjab in northern India.
Population: 1,618,879 (2011)

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Visakhapatnam

Vishakhapatnam is Andhra Pradesh’s largest city, both in terms of population and economy.
Population: 1,728,128 (2011 census)

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Entebbe

Entebbe Municipality is situated in Wakiso District in the south west of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.
Population: 70,219 (2014 census)

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Jinja

Jinja lies 81 kilometers east from the capital of Kampala, Uganda, also in the Busoga sub-region.
Population: 72,931 (2014 census)

Thematic Working Groups

A key part of the project includes capacity building, which is delivered through thematic working groups. A thematic working group (TWG) is a small group of cities and experts dedicated to finding practical solutions for a particular need or a topic related to sustainable urban mobility/ ecomobility.

The primary objective is to provide cities a platform to collectively deliberate on several issues of ecomobility and find ways forward to implement them in cities. Activities in the TWG include webinars and face-to-face workshops, peer-to-peer learning and sharing and access to resources. The two TWGs established are:

Building a healthy living environment

Urban form and sustainable mobility system contribute to a healthy urban environment. Studies have shown how urban sprawl and poor urban form induces automobile-dependent travel culture, which in turn contributes to poor air quality, unsafe environment, and unhealthy lifestyle and at extreme cases, the mental stress of urban dwellers. There is a strong linkage between transportation, health, and climate resilience. This TWG helps cities to get a big picture of what the residents need and the kind of city that the policymakers would like to create. In this context, three main aspects will be addressed: managing urban form and public space to benefit all residents; providing integrated, multimodal and ecomobile travel options that prioritize active mobility and the use of public transport and considerations on informal transport.

Emerging mobility trends

The emerging mobility trends that cities have seen in recent years range from electric mobility to shared mobility systems, presenting new opportunities to reduce individual ownership and usage of private vehicles. As local governments are regulating the industry to create a level playing field, consideration of the needs of commuters is necessary. The goal of this TWG is to support local governments to understand the different policy and market drivers to maximize the benefits of electric mobility and new mobility services to support an ecomobile vision.

Project partners

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world.

For more than 50 years, the Foundation has supported efforts to advance education for all, preserve the environment, improve lives and livelihoods in developing countries, promote the health and economic well-being of women, support vibrant performing arts, strengthen Bay Area communities and make the philanthropy sector more effective.

The EcoMobility Alliance is a network of ambitious cities, led by innovators and visionaries, supported by experts and businesses, committed to building a sustainable mobility future that is efficient, people-centered, low emission and environmentally-friendly.

CitiesSHIFT project city profiles

Last update: 10 May 2019

Project city profiles

Successful implementation of this project would allow cities to be more efficient and effective in identifying projects and solutions with regards to sustainable urban mobility. Furthermore, it hopes to inspire replication to other cities within the project country.

The city profiles explore the urban mobility information about the project cities
and their demographics.

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