EcoMobility World Festival

EcoMobility World Festival 2013

1 – 30 September 2013, Suwon, South Korea

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 Festival 2013

‘One neighborhood, one month, no cars’

EcoMobility World Festival 2013 was the world’s first 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.

EcoMobility World Festival attracted more than 1 million visits to the renowned ‘EcoMobility Neighborhood’ of Haenggung-dong.  To ensure that the local economy received a boost from the Festival activities, a coupon scheme totaling €200,000 in value was introduced and adopted by 85% of neighborhood shops.

The broad range of ecomobile vehicles from 10 different countries attracted great attention from visitors, who drew inspiration from the images of future transport modes. 35 types of ecomobile vehicles were displayed at the vehicle exhibition, alongside a state-of-the-art bi-modal tram. More than 176,000 visitors tried out the electric scooters, e-bikes, and various bicycles available at the rental station and test-track in a real-life setting, exploring everyday alternatives to their cars.

Suwon City, together with residents, has begun the decision making process arrangements for the future of the Festival neighborhood.

Over 60% of the ICLEI recruited vehicles were donated to Suwon for the continued support of EcoMobility in the city. Building on the changing mentalities of citizens towards EcoMobility, Suwon hopes the Festival will act as a catalyst for sweeping changes in the transportation system, both at home and in other cities around the world.

Post-Festival plans for Haenggung-dong neighborhood

  • No parking on Hwaseomun Street and Sinpung Street
  • Speed restricted to 30km per hour
  • Car-free weekends going forward
  • Free parking arrangements for residents in Festival parking lots continued until end of October
  • Residents allowed to have their free parking rights in these parking lots renewed permanently, with free rental of bikes
  • Further street improvements to be continued

On the occasion of the EcoMobility World Festival 2013 and upon invitation of the Mayor of Suwon and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, mayors, city planners and mobility experts convened in Suwon, South Korea, in September 2013 for the second EcoMobility 2013 Congress. Among these were many representatives from the EcoMobility Alliance.

As an output of the congress and the festival the Suwon EcoMobility Impulse was introduced to the participants and the dignitaries. The purpose of the Suwon 2013 EcoMobility Impulse was to provide guiding thoughts, principles, examples and starting points for concrete improvements in urban planning & development, be it for existing municipalities or new towns, towards the greening of mobility in our cities worldwide.

The document can be downloaded from here.

The second edition of the ICLEI EcoMobility Congress series attracted 600 local and international actors from the sustainable mobility fi eld to study and explore the ecomobile neighborhood. Over 20 sessions framed EcoMobility from a myriad of perspectives, including urban regeneration, local leadership, social inclusion, public health, and financial and institutional frameworks. The 50 local governments in attendance affirmed the Suwon 2013 EcoMobility Impulse, acting as a guiding document for local governments to review existing transport developments and steer planned investments towards EcoMobility.
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Congress Report EcoMobility 2013 Suwon Cities, Spaces, People Congress Report EcoMobility 2013 Suwon Cities, Spaces, People
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Key facts

‘One neighborhood, one month, no cars’

EcoMobility World Festival 2013 was the world’s first 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.

EcoMobility World Festival attracted more than 1 million visits to the renowned ‘EcoMobility Neighborhood’ of Haenggung-dong.  To ensure that the local economy received a boost from the Festival activities, a coupon scheme totaling €200,000 in value was introduced and adopted by 85% of neighborhood shops.

The broad range of ecomobile vehicles from 10 different countries attracted great attention from visitors, who drew inspiration from the images of future transport modes. 35 types of ecomobile vehicles were displayed at the vehicle exhibition, alongside a state-of-the-art bi-modal tram. More than 176,000 visitors tried out the electric scooters, e-bikes, and various bicycles available at the rental station and test-track in a real-life setting, exploring everyday alternatives to their cars.

Legacies

Suwon City, together with residents, has begun the decision making process arrangements for the future of the Festival neighborhood.

Over 60% of the ICLEI recruited vehicles were donated to Suwon for the continued support of EcoMobility in the city. Building on the changing mentalities of citizens towards EcoMobility, Suwon hopes the Festival will act as a catalyst for sweeping changes in the transportation system, both at home and in other cities around the world.

Post-Festival plans for Haenggung-dong neighborhood

  • No parking on Hwaseomun Street and Sinpung Street
  • Speed restricted to 30km per hour
  • Car-free weekends going forward
  • Free parking arrangements for residents in Festival parking lots continued until end of October
  • Residents allowed to have their free parking rights in these parking lots renewed permanently, with free rental of bikes
  • Further street improvements to be continued
Suwon EcoMobility Impulse

On the occasion of the EcoMobility World Festival 2013 and upon invitation of the Mayor of Suwon and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, mayors, city planners and mobility experts convened in Suwon, South Korea, in September 2013 for the second EcoMobility 2013 Congress. Among these were many representatives from the EcoMobility Alliance.

As an output of the congress and the festival the Suwon EcoMobility Impulse was introduced to the participants and the dignitaries. The purpose of the Suwon 2013 EcoMobility Impulse was to provide guiding thoughts, principles, examples and starting points for concrete improvements in urban planning & development, be it for existing municipalities or new towns, towards the greening of mobility in our cities worldwide.

The document can be downloaded from here.

Congress
The second edition of the ICLEI EcoMobility Congress series attracted 600 local and international actors from the sustainable mobility fi eld to study and explore the ecomobile neighborhood. Over 20 sessions framed EcoMobility from a myriad of perspectives, including urban regeneration, local leadership, social inclusion, public health, and financial and institutional frameworks. The 50 local governments in attendance affirmed the Suwon 2013 EcoMobility Impulse, acting as a guiding document for local governments to review existing transport developments and steer planned investments towards EcoMobility.
EcoMobility World Festival 2013 Program EcoMobility World Festival 2013 Program
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Download
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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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