Santiago de Chile, winner of the 2017 Sustainable Transport Award

This year, Santiago, Chile, won for major improvements in pedestrian space, cycling, and public transit. The city redesigned several streets in the city center to limit car traffic, and improve pedestrian, cyclist, and transit access. The high quality and transformative scale of these projects, and the fact that it was backed up by policy changes, education programs, and a huge increase in cycling mode share made Santiago the clear winner.

On June 30, Santiago will host ITDP’s MOBILIZE Summit, to be held each year in the winning city. MOBILIZE will bring together 200 international urban transport and development planners, practitioners, and officials, world-class researchers, and NGO representatives to share opportunities, challenges, and study the example of Santiago as an international best practice in pedestrian, cycling, public transit, and policy. The new winning city will be host to MOBILIZE in 2018.

Since 2005, the Sustainable Transport Award has recognized profound leadership and vision in sustainable transportation and urban livability. These strategies should improve mobility for all residents, reduce transportation greenhouse and air pollution emissions, and enhance safety and access for bicyclists and pedestrians. The award is presented to a city each January for achievements in the preceding year. Nominations are accepted from any interested parties, including government, civil society organizations, and academic institutions. Nominations must include verifiable project data and contact information for the city.

Take a great spin thru Santiago's streets

More about Santiago de Chile

More about Santiago de Chile

Santiago is the capital of Chile with a metropolitan of over seven million. Although the city has provided its citizens with an efficient public transport system, the Transantiago, it had not payed much attention to cycling and walking until last year. The city has now pushed for ecomobility and has improved the conditions of its cycling, walking, and public transportation infrastructure.

The 2017 International Sustainable Transportation award was given to Santiago for such public space, cycling, and public transport improvements. These include100 sq meters of new green spaces, a “complete streets” redesign for public transport exclusive corridors into more pedestrian-friendly environment, and closing some streets for cars on the weekends. Along with this the city incorporated sustainable transport policy changes and education programs. These new policies and programs aim at creating a more cycle-friendly city which has already resulted in an increase of cycling trips from a negligible 150 per day to 5000 per day. the city’s bike share program, BikeSantiago, is responsible for 50 percent of the increase.

Bus Rapid Transit (km) 92 | BRT Passengers (per day) 50,000 | Bike Share Stations 175 | Total Bike Share Bikes 2600 | Total Cyclist (per day) 40,000| Cycling Infrastructure (km) 36 

The 2018 winner will be announced at MOBILIZE Santiago on June 30. The winner and honorable mentions will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception in Washington, DC during the Transport Research Board conference.

 

Cities of all sizes from all over the world have been recognized by the committee for best practices in sustainable transport. Past winners include

Yichang, China; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City, México; Medellín, Colombia; San Francisco, United States; Ahmedabad, India; Seoul, South Korea; and Bogotá, Colombia. A complete list of winning cities with details on their win is available at staward.org.

The Sustainable Transport Committee includes the most respected experts and organizations working internationally on sustainable transportation:

For more information about MOBILIZE, visit mobilizesummit.org.

Images:

Cycle Lanes & Plaza de Armas: The 2017 winner, Santiago, Chile, improved cycling and pedestrian infrastructure in the city center, and throughout the metropolitan region. Credit for images to Claudio Olivares Medina

Video:

Shot and produced by Claudio Olivares Medina and the team at Bicivilizate (bicivilizate.com).