SUTP Webinar

[the webinars are arranged in reverse chronological order – the most recent one can be found at the top]

21. (Reverse) Innovation – Shared Mobility and New Mobility Services

The webinar “(Reverse) Innovation – Shared Mobility and New Mobility Services” introduces you to the work of two shared mobility providers from Egypt and China.

Samira Negm, founder of Raye7 – an Egyptian culturally-sensitive ride-sharing service with a social networking element –tackles the topic of urban car-pooling. Yang Li, UK commercial director of the bike sharing provider Mobike presents the Chinese bike sharing solution with more than 200 Mio. users world wide.

The webinar was inspired by the paper “Reverse Innovation – Rethinking Urban Transport through Global learning” published jointly by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and the GIZ. The launch of the publication in September 2017 in Berlin started the discussion about the potential of the transfer of urban mobility innovations from developing and emerging countries to countries like Germany.

You may download this publication here and the presentation from the webinar here: Reverse-Innovation_Presentation

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20. Urban cycling – A smart move!
How to integrate cycling into sustainable urban transport systems

In the light of ongoing urbanisation and climate change, the need for sustainable and liveable cities today is stronger than ever before. To tackle local air and noise pollution and urban congestion as well as to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, we need to focus on the development of sustainable transport systems, giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists and strengthening public transport. Cycling in particular is an indispensable part of the story and cities like Copenhagen or Aarhus even take a step further – Cycling is not only a sustainable means of transport but a lifestyle and an indicator of the liveability of a city!

To raise awareness for the importance of cycling-friendly cities, a webinar on urban cycling was organised by the GIZ sector network TUEWAS Working Group Transport & Environment (T&E) in cooperation with the Sino-German Cooperation on Low-Carbon Transport project (CLCT) and the GIZ Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP). The 90-minutes webinar was held on 21st December, 2017 in Beijing, moderated by Mr. Sebastian Ibold, project manager of CLCT, who was joined by about 30 participants from Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Two guest speakers, Mr. Liu Daizong, China Transport Program Director of World Resources Institute (WRI), and Mr. Pablo Celis, Project Manager of City Road Division of Municipality of Aarhus, Denmark, presented their perspectives on how cycling can be sustainably implemented into urban transport systems based on the understanding of cycling for five reasons:

  1. Cycling for sustainable transport! 
  2. Cycling for the environment!
  3. Cycling for personal health!
  4. Cycling for tourism!
  5. Cycling for better cities!

Find more information and the presentations here and download a summary here.


19. Gender and Urban Transport 

Many people recognize transport as gender neutral – though in fact, it´s not! Gender is a transversal dimension of social life and impacts travel behaviour, patterns, needs and accesses. Women and men have different pre-conditions, needs and restrictions for using transport. This has to be taken into consideration for all transport planning and projects to adequately meet the demand and to assure that transport is efficient and sustainable.

Heather Allen is an international consultant on the topic and will point at that “tiny little difference” when it comes to transport and examine disparities in transport requirements of men and women, and Sonal Shah, Senior Manager at ITDP India, will introduce a policy approach to women and transport in Indian cities along with the use of the application SafetiPin as an approach to improve security in transport.

In this webinar, we jointly explore how gender issues pursue sustainable urban mobility in very practical terms. You will learn about gender considerations in transport planning, design and operation and we will hear about safety and security aspects in transportation.

Download the presentation here: SUTP Webinar Gender__Urban_Transport_Presentation


18. Tactical Urbanism: Changing cities with bottom-up planning and design 

In different cities and contexts, urban planning practices can be quite similar: experts sitting around a table, upstairs in the building of local planning authorities, make most decisions on the design of a street, a block or a whole city by themselves. In other words, the top-down approach is still state-of-the-art in urban and mobility planning around the globe. Nevertheless, this decision-making style does rarely correspond with citizens’ wishes and requirements – especially if there is a lack of good practice on citizen involvement and true stakeholder dialogue.

Mike Lydon, an experienced Urban Planner in New York City, coined the term “Tactical Urbanism” to describe bottom-up, community-led urban interventions in different scales – a street, a square, a whole neighbourhood. These actions often times lead to deep-rooted changes in the urban scape and also in the collaboration with local planning authorities. Play streets, self-painted cycle lanes, pavement to park (parklets) areas… the list of tactical urbanism action fields is almost infinite. Although most of these tactics are effectively bottom-up, namely planned and performed by local citizens, many municipal departments have acknowledged the qualities of such actions and started to encourage or test them themselves. Planners, however, still often feel unsure about the idea of a more de-regulated, horizontal and temporary planning praxis.

Luz Yazmin Viramontes Fabela, from the Centre for Studies on Pedestrian Mobility (CAMINA), has gained a rich experience on tactical urbanism on the streets of Mexico City. CAMINA also developed a manual for Tactical Urbanists, presented at the Mexican Pavilion at Venice Biennale of Architecture 2016. 

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17. How to bring quality public transport projects from idea to Operation

The city of Calgary is Canada’s 3rd largest municipality and 4th largest metropolitan area. Calgary is not only famous for hosting the 1988 Olympic winter games, but also for its ambitions approach to sustainable urban mobility. Calgary counts for one of the busiest light-rail transit (LRT) systems in the Americas, and is entirely powered by renewable energies. The city also developed more than 260km of shared bikeways and 635km multi-use paths for walking, cycling and roller-blading. This contributes to the excellent quality of life in the city. Of course, this also enhances economic development, attracts new inhabitants, and as a matter of facts, creates new challenges for urban mobility.

Calgary is currently in the midst of implementing four BRT routes as well as planning and design for Calgary’s largest project, The Green Line. The Green Line is a 46km LRT line that connects North Calgary, Downtown and Southeast Calgary as well as major destinations along the way.

Asif Kurji and Christ Jordan are part of the Transit Planning team in the City of Calgary, Canada. In this webinar, we will jointly explore how Calgary pursues sustainable urban mobility in very practical terms – by excellent strategic planning and Project development. To make this as tangible as possible, we will use recent public transport projects as refrence. In a dynamic session, participats will have the possibility for immediate questions after each of the three key Topics: strategy development, stakeholder Engagement & policy development. 

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16. SUTP-Webinar – Road safety, active mobility and health: how local and global agendas become reality by better design and planning

Road accidents and air pollution have become a serious threat to our health and impact the way we perceive and use public (road) space. Transport and urban planning as well as safe road design impacts mode choice and thus public health in multiple ways. It is not only the objective and subjective feeling of safety when we walk close to roads or cycle on them. Road design is the key to the attractiveness of non-motorised travel options for daily activities. Conventional transport planning gives relatively little consideration to the long-term health impacts of active transport. However, one of the most cost-effective ways to improve public health is the due consideration of health objectives into transport planning and policy making.

Jonathon Passmore (WHO) elaborated the various objectives and provided insight to some of the national government strategies to improve road safety. Gregor Mews (Urban Synergies Group) linked public health to active mobility and outlined the implication for planning and „healthy“ road and urban design. This was supported by case studies on local level and exemplary interventions in built environment.

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15. National decarbonisation strategies in the transport sector: the example of Germany

With the historical climate agreement in Paris the international community set itself an ambitious target for climate protection. To reduce global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial level, decarbonisation is the key issue that will define the debate over the future of the world’s energy and transport systems.

Dr. Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk, Deputy Director General for Environment & Infrastructure at BMZ, has launched the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) at the UN Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. She reflected the necessity for a global transformation of the transport sector and how the German development cooperation jointly with its international partners plans to empower local stakeholders in developing countries and emerging economies. In addition Christian Hochfeld, Director of Agora Verkehrswende, provided a detailed insight into the decarbonisation strategy of Germany’s transport sector and the intention behind Agora Verkehrswende – Transforming Transportation. The initiative is a division of the non-profit organisation Smart Energy for Europe Platform (SEFEP) gGmbH. Its shareholders are Stiftung Mercator and the European Climate Foundation.

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14. Bike Revolutions – From the Streets of Brazil and Ukraine to the New Urban Agenda in Quito

Cycling has the capability to contribute substantially to livable cities. It has seen a massive boost in popularity all over the world during the last years. This has mainly been due to grass-roots initiatives, spreading a bicycle culture to places that used to be dominated by cars – with powerful impact: The “Bike Revolution” is shaping cities with their action and pushes urban and transport planners to consider their needs in future development. This local Engagement becomes more and more important on a global agenda as well. In October, Habitat-III will take place in Quito. The New Urban Agenda (NUA), the outcome document of the conference, has the ambition to set out universal guidelines for forward-looking urban development. Hence, embedding bicycle culture in the NUA is crucial to establish and underline its importance for sustainable mobility in cities worldwide.

In the webinar JP Amaral (Bike Anjo, Brazil), and Ksenia Semenova (Kyiv Cyclists’ Association, Ukraine, and vice-president of the European Cyclists Federation) highlight the experiences of the bike revolutions in their cities and countries. Furthermore, Marcio Deslandes (European Cyclists Federation) will demonstrate how the HABITAT-III process is linked to this local engagement and present their work on the role of cycling in the New Urban Agenda.

Download the presentation here: SUTP Webinar – Bike Revolutions


13. From New York via Paris to Quito – Urban mobility on the global agendas

Tackling transport challenges is crucial for sustainable urban development. Transforming urban transport systems towards being inclusive, safe, clean and low-carbon requires multiple and comprehensive action of a wide range of stakeholders. This has been recognized by the Paris Agreement and the NDC’s in which many countries dedicatedly focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions of urban transport. The Agenda 2030 includes the target to improve the access to urban transport in the urban SDG 11 whereas other targets on air pollution, road safety, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction require particular attention to urban transport. Further, theNew Urban Agenda will outline the responsibilities and necessary steps to empower cities and local governments to realize their ambitions on improving urban mobility and reducing the negative impact of transport in urban areas.

In the webinar, Cornie Huizenga, Secretary General of the Sustainable Low Carbon Transport Partnership (SLoCaT) and Oliver Lah (Wuppertal Institute, Member of the Habitat III Policy Unit 9 on Urban Services and Technology) provide an overview on urban mobility in the global climate agreement, the Agenda 2030 as well as up-to-date insights into the current work of the Habitat III Policy Units whose work is decisive for shaping the New Urban Agenda.

Download the presentation here: 2016_05_10_SUTP Webinar – Urban Mobility on the global agendas


12. Number Plate Restrictions

Number plate restrictions are an easy, low-cost, short-term measure that has been adopted in various cities around the world with the aim to reduce congestion and air pollution. However, their medium and long-term impacts have been widely debated. The webinar focused on the rationale of plate restrictions, the types of restrictions that have been adopted, and the difficulty to know the actual effects of these measures. Carlosfelipe Pardo (Despacio) provided insights on the experience of Bogotá and other cities worldwide. The presentation was followed by an open discussion.

Download the presentation here: Plate Restrictions Webinar Presentation


11. Vehicle Emission and Fuel Economy Standards

The amount and quality of energy (in particular fossil fuels) consumed by motorised vehicles is not only a burden to our atmosphere, but also generates airborne pollutants like sulphur, nitrogen oxides or carbon monoxide – to name a few. Those pollutants have severe impacts on our environment and our health – particularly in heavily populated urban areas.

The Avoid-Shift-Improve (ASI)-approach helps to counteract air pollution. While it is necessary to plan traffic in a smart way and shift it to more clean modes of transport, fuel economy, vehicle and fuel standards are essential to further reduce and limit air pollution. While air pollution is still a serious problem, the introduction of EURO-standards for fuel as well as vehicle taxation, emission standards and technologic solutions lead to a significant reduction of air pollution in European cities.

Francisco Posada is senior researcher for ICCT (the International Council for Clean Transportation) with particular expertise in vehicle emission technology. In this webinar, he provides a profound introduction to fuel economy and vehicle emission standards and their potentials regarding energy consumption and air pollution. The presentation was followed by an open discussion.

Download the presentation here: 2016_01_16_SUTP WEbinar – Vehicle Emission and Fuel Economy Standards


10. Cycling-inclusive planning in Europe and Latin America

Bicycles are an increasingly popular mode of transport in cities around the developing and developed world alike. However, many cities do not have sufficient technical tools or knowledge to develop comprehensive plans to increase safety and convenience for users of this vehicle.

However, many kilometres of cycling infrastructure have been added to cities (not only) in European and Latin American cities, turning those cities from pioneers in cycling development in their countries into true cycling cities.

In this webinar, Alejandra Leal (México City), Georgios Kontos (Regional Planning authority region Frankfurt-RheinMain), Carlos Pardo (Bogotá) present different approaches to comprehensively develop cycling as a mode of transport. Subsequently, we will discuss the key elements of cycle-inclusive planning and implementation.

Download the presentation here: 2015_10_15_SUTP_Webinar – Cycling-inclusive Planning in Europe and Latin America


9. How institutions in developing countries can strategically advance road safety

Every year, around 1.3 million people are killed in road accidents. Furthers suffer in the long-term from severe injuries and disabilities. The consequences are not evenly spread – pedestrians and cyclists as well as younger road users are more often victim of a road accidents than car users. Therefore, road safety can be considered to be not only a health and security issue, but a question of social justice.

But there are good news – the concepts for advancing road safety are well known. Their implementation requires first of all awareness and political will. If relevant stakeholders unite, major success can be achieved in reducing road fatalities. Further ingredients are: coordinated road safety management, safe road designs, safe vehicles, safe road users and post-crash response.

Dr. Alan Ross is Road Safety Advisor and Team Leader of the EU funded TRACECA Regional road safety project, working with 10 Eastern European und Central Asian countries to comprehensively improve road safety. In this webinar, he provides an overview on institutional and practical road safety challenges and and showcase promising strategies to advance road safety comprehensively.

Download the presentation here: 2015_09_24_SUTP Webinar – Institutional Lessons in Road Safety_Alan Ross


8. Technical challenges of Urban Mobility Planning – Transport data and demand modelling, time horizons, monitoring and evaluation

Planning and policy decisions in Urban Mobility Plans (UMPs) are optimally based on extensive transport system data, travel demand data as well as travel behaviour. Developed cities and regions are using transport demand models to investigate the impact of particular measures. Those models rely on data input from various sources – i.e. from traffic counts, household surveys and further socio-economic and geo data. Most developing cities lack such comprehensive data to inform mobility planning and policy decisions, but many are catching up. At the same time, classic transport master plans are not flexible enough to react on the dynamic growth of developing cities, as they’re not regularly reviewed and thus, becoming obsolete.

In the webinar Christopher Kost and Jaya Bharathi Bathmaraj (ITDP) discuss selected technical challenges of transport and mobility planning, covering data issues, monitoring and evaluation as well as time horizons of Urban Mobility Plans.

The webinar content grounds on the publication “Urban Mobility Plans: National approaches and local practice” (TD#13) by SUTP. More information and download in English, Spanish and Portuguese here.

Download the presentation here: 20150604_SUTP Webinar_Technical Challenges of Urban Mobility Planning


7. Reinventing parking – how to improve on-street parking management

Is your on-street parking chaotic and conflict-ridden? Is it making the streets dangerous? Is there parking on walkways? Are there many complaints about the difficulty of finding parking? Better on-street parking management is the key to success. It enables streets to function more efficiently and to be better places. Parking management helps local commerce, residents, bus services, bicycle users, people on foot, and vehicle users of all kinds. It enables efficient and fair use of street space. It can ease local traffic problems at low cost.

Paul Barter (founder of the Reinventing Parking site) has wide experience in urban parking policies. He is the author of GIZ-SUTPs toolkit “On-Street Parking Management” which is due in early summer. This webinar is a preview of this forthcoming publication.

Download the presentation here: 20150508_SUTP_Webinar_Parking Management


6. Urban Mobility Planning as local planning task and national policy instrument

Urban Mobility Plans (UMPs) are a strategic tool to guide the development of transport in urban areas and regions. UMPs expanded the scope of traditional planning processes by focusing on the mobility needs of all population groups in an integrated way.
At the same time, an UMP could be a powerful instrument for realising over-arching policy, e.g. in the field of equity and sustainable economic development, greenhouse gas emission reduction, air quality and urban development. National urban transport policies can shape planning frameworks and guidelines, offer capacity-building formats to planners and provide necessary funding for investments in sustainable transport infrastructures. Please download the presentation here:20150211_SUTP_Webinar_Urban+Mobility+Plans

• Susanne Böhler-Baedeker (Rupprecht Consult) will present practises and challenges of Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning as a local planning task and inform about current initiatives in Europe.
• Mathias Merforth (GIZ) will discuss the constructive role of national level authorities in shaping urban transport policies and provide insights into selected country approaches.


5. Greenhouse gas reduction potential in the transport sector – how to shift to a 2 degree pathway?

The transport sector currently accounts for about 6.7 Gigatonnes of CO2, which is equivalent to 23% of all energy related Greenhouse Gas emissions and is set to double by 2050 if current trends persist, in particular in emerging economies (IPCC 2014). Setting the transport sector on a low-carbon development pathway is essential for global climate change mitigation efforts that aim to stabilise global warming at 2 Degrees Celsius, which is the internationally agreed target under the United Nations Framework Conventions on Climate Change (UNFCCC). To contribute to this target developed countries will have to rapidly decarbonise their transport sector over the coming decades (-80% by 2050) and developing and emerging countries will have to curb growth (+70% by 2050), which will require substantial policy action at all levels of government (IEA 2014).

Together with Oliver Lah (Wuppertal Institute) we explore the pathways for low-carbon transport and provide an overview on key policy measures at the local and national level. Download the presentation here.


4. SUTMP Windhoek

Worldwide, capitals, cities and urban areas are facing increasing environmental, social and economic challenges caused by inefficient urban transport systems. This results in reduced accessibility for the urban poor, traffic congestion, road and parking facility costs, traffic accidents, high consumer costs, energy dependence and pollution emissions, plus inadequate mobility for non-drivers. Urban mobility plans like Windhoek’s SUTMP expanded the scope of traditional planning processes by strategically focusing on overarching policy goals as well as on the factual mobility needs of all population groups. The Webinar will give insights into strategy and objectives as well as into the development process of the SUTMP Windhoek. Please download the presentation here: SUTP-Webinar_SUTMP Windhoek_2014_09_25


3. Eficiencia energética en el sector de transporte de carga

Este webinar busca demostrar la importancia de la eficiencia energética en el sector de transporte de carga carretero. Con base en las experiencias del NAMA de Transporte de carga carretero en México, explicará las acciones principales de mitigación tales como la implementación y seguimiento de tecnologías de ahorro de combustible y los cursos de conducción eco-eficiente (racional). Además de esto, las barreras principales y áreas de oportunidad para reducir consumo de combustible en el sector serán resaltadas. 2014_08_27 Presentación Webinar Eficiencia en Transporte de Carga

2. Urban Development and Transport Linkages

The webinar will deepen the understanding of urban development, of the consequences and implications for urban transport and on how to achieve integrated and more effective sustainable urban mobility planning in developing cities. Good and bad practice examples will be shown, and key concepts for integrating urban planning and urban transport will be outlined. Please download the presentation here: SUTP-Webinar_Landuse and Transport Linkages_2014_07_29


1. Promoting Sustainable Urban Mobility

This webinar will discuss the tools and means for disseminating the idea of Sustainable Urban Mobility to the general public. In the webinar we will also focus on the essential elements for changing the perception of mass transit in people’s minds. Various examples from different cities will be used as a means for expressing the idea across. Please download the presentation here: Presentation-MKT.