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The EcoMobility World Festival 2013 in Suwon

At EcoMobility World Festival 2013, the residents of a neighborhood in Suwon, South Korea, acted out an ecomobile future: real citizens, in a real city, in real time.

Born from the synergies between ICLEI, host city Suwon and UN-Habitat, the Festival presented a mise-en-scène of an ecomobile neighborhood – a model approach to be locally adapted and replicated in cities worldwide.
Alongside conferences, vehicle exhibitions and cultural events, the Festival targeted an audience of local and national
governments, transport experts, NGOs, businesses, academics, cyclist and pedestrian associations, and media around the world. The Festival marked a new departure for transport planning in Suwon. It illustrated the benefits of human-scaled transport systems and streets on the world stage, and its results will be reflected in the future urban policy making of Suwon.

Results of the EcoMobility World Festival 2013

‘One neighborhood, one month, no cars’
EcoMobility World Festival 2013 was the world’s fi rst month-long presentation of an innovative and forward thinking urban transportation culture. Instead of using private automobiles, 4,343 residents in Suwon City used a combination of walking, cycling, public transport and various other ecomobile modes for the entire month of September. The four day EcoMobility 2013 Suwon Congress underscored EcoMobility as an active concept – something to be developed, applied, and shared.

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Physical improvements played a key role in the Festival transformation, with changes at the street level refl ecting changing residents’ mindsets towards the month without cars in Haenggung-dong.
Based on residents needs identifi ed in a 2012 survey, Suwon city committed to create livable streets in the neighborhood. Façade improvements were funded and a suite of alley refurbishments were undertaken through a program of public works. Local artists painted a series of decorative murals injecting color and character into the network of local alleyways.

Sewerage infrastructure was upgraded and overhead cabling was buried. Extensive leveling and re-paving of the street surface was completed throughout the neighborhood. During the first week of the Festival, Jeongjo-ro, one of the main traffi c arteries in Suwon, was converted into the “Suwon EcoMobility Street”. Two lanes were allocated for buses and taxis, and two lanes for non-motorized and light electric vehicles. Hwaseomun Street (image 2, below) was transformed into a fully pedestrianized street, animated with cultural and community events.
Residents’ Survey – 2012
34.4% report narrow sidewalks are problematic
20% report streets are unsafe for pedestrians
>50% of households have no car
18.7% of residents have a disability
37% of disabled are mobility impaired
Investment Package
€4.7 million in street improvements
€2.0 million for ‘City Renaissance Housing
Improvements’
€1.8 million for façade improvements

Congress Report EcoMobility 2013 Suwon Cities, Spaces, People Congress Report EcoMobility 2013 Suwon Cities, Spaces, People
The EcoMobility 2013 Suwon Congress, from 1 to 4 September 2013, brought together local and international actors across the field of sustainable mobility, in the unique context of the EcoMobility World...
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‘One neighborhood, one month, no cars’
EcoMobility World Festival 2013 was the world’s fi rst month-long presentation of an innovative and forward thinking urban transportation culture. Instead of using private automobiles, 4,343 residents in Suwon City used a combination of walking, cycling, public transport and various other ecomobile modes for the entire month of September. The four day EcoMobility 2013 Suwon Congress underscored EcoMobility as an active concept – something to be developed, applied, and shared.

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Physical improvements played a key role in the Festival transformation, with changes at the street level refl ecting changing residents’ mindsets towards the month without cars in Haenggung-dong.
Based on residents needs identifi ed in a 2012 survey, Suwon city committed to create livable streets in the neighborhood. Façade improvements were funded and a suite of alley refurbishments were undertaken through a program of public works. Local artists painted a series of decorative murals injecting color and character into the network of local alleyways.

Sewerage infrastructure was upgraded and overhead cabling was buried. Extensive leveling and re-paving of the street surface was completed throughout the neighborhood. During the first week of the Festival, Jeongjo-ro, one of the main traffi c arteries in Suwon, was converted into the “Suwon EcoMobility Street”. Two lanes were allocated for buses and taxis, and two lanes for non-motorized and light electric vehicles. Hwaseomun Street (image 2, below) was transformed into a fully pedestrianized street, animated with cultural and community events.
Residents’ Survey – 2012
34.4% report narrow sidewalks are problematic
20% report streets are unsafe for pedestrians
>50% of households have no car
18.7% of residents have a disability
37% of disabled are mobility impaired
Investment Package
€4.7 million in street improvements
€2.0 million for ‘City Renaissance Housing
Improvements’
€1.8 million for façade improvements

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Congress Report EcoMobility 2013 Suwon Cities, Spaces, People Congress Report EcoMobility 2013 Suwon Cities, Spaces, People
The EcoMobility 2013 Suwon Congress, from 1 to 4 September 2013, brought together local and international actors across the field of sustainable mobility, in the unique context of the EcoMobility World...
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+ Report
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+ Program
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