EcoMobility World Festivals
EcoMobility World Festival
The EcoMobility World Festival concept was initiated by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. ICLEI aimed to show that an urban ecomobile lifestyle can be implemented in cities all over the world by temporarily transforming a neighborhood that demonstrates the green mobility.
EcoMobility World Festival is a unique project for cities and city leaders to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability in the urban mobility sector. In partnership with the local residents and businesses a city will cordon a selected neighbourhood/district for personal automobiles for one entire month. During the month the citizens and businesses in the neighbourhood will avail innovative mobility options such as light electric vehicles, the public transport service from the city, shared mobility options such as bike and car sharing to fulfil their mobility needs.
The month long event also gives the city officials a chance to demonstrate their new offerings to the citizens and get feedback on the offering and understand the difficulties in implementing these options. The month is also an opportunity for the citizens to use modes that they have either only heard of or saw in pictures elsewhere in the world.
Can we imagine how a car-free neighbourhood, a car-free life looks like? Most Mayors, city councillors and urban planners can‘t. They can only imagine what they know from the past. How can we open their minds to the future? By creating images – pictures of the future.
What if the residents of a neighborhood in a large city would act out the future: real citizens, real city, real time.
In historic German cities, residents act out knight festivals every year. The old city around the castle is decorated to look as it did 800 years ago, residents dress in medieval styles, prepare food that the people ate in the 1200s and play knights’ games. During an EcoMobility World Festival, residents will act out the future to show not what was, but what must now become a reality.
We all know urban mobility will look very differently in 20 years from now.
– Managed “Bicycle-friendly City Model Project” 1978-1984
– Coined notion of “Umweltverbund” in Germany 1986
– Coined the term “EcoMobility” in 2007
– Founded Global Alliance for EcoMobility 2007
– Initiated series of EcoMobility World Festivals 2009
– Creative Director, EcoMobility World Festival 2013
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One neighbourhood, one month, no cars
“The EcoMobility World Festival series was initiated to show that an EcoMobile lifestyle can be promoted in cities all over the world. The Festival transforms a neighbourhood and demonstrates the possibilities of an innovative and forward-thinking urban transportation culture.”