‚Transport as usual is not an option.‘

More than 80 Transport Practitioners engaged in TUMI-Conference on Urban Mobility Governance at the side of the International Transport Summit 2017

 

Whether in Addis Ababa, Leipzig or in Kaohsiung – sound transport governance plays a key role in improving the liveability of cities and mitigating climate change. More than 80 transport officials engaged in a conference run by the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) along the International Transport Summit 2017 in Leipzig, Germany for 2 days, highlighting the relevance and the potential of stronger collaboration on urban mobility governance in African Cities.

 

“Transport as usual is not an option” said Dr. Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk, Deputy Director General for Strategy and Policy Planning of BMZ, in her opening address. Inadequate infrastructure and services hinder economic development of cities and countries around the world every day. Africa alone loses 2% of its economic potential each year. While trying to enhance quality, safety and affordability of sustainable mobility options for their citizens, transport officials are often confronted with the need to think out of the box and create wide coalitions, even with initially opposing stakeholders.

 

During the conference the urban planners and creative minds from entire Sub-Saharan Africa explored municipal transport governance, brought contrary and joint views of challenges and solutions and findings from up-to-date research to one table. Along the TUT-POL framework (Transforming Urban Transport – The Role of Political Leadership) of Harvard University, the participants took the perspectives on urban development and mobility governance of fellow planners and won insights as well as entry points for their local mobility challenges.

 

Many ambitious mobility projects are in preparation in Sub-Saharan Cities – Addis Ababa, Daressalam and Cape Town have already proven the potential for urban transformation through bus rapid transit, light rail systems and non-motorised transport infrastructure. Many more exciting projects are at the drawer and wait for implementation. To succeed, mobility projects need to be well framed within local policies and citizen needs. They must include the right stakeholders and technical and political capacity for transport built up must be ensured. Thus, the need for strong political leadership and institutions was highlighted as key for sustainable infrastructure solutions during the conference.

 

The event took place under the umbrella of the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI). The ambitious initiative was launched at HABITAT-III in Quito in October 2016 with its partners the Asian Development Bank (ADB), C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), the BMZ, ICLEI, the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP), Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), UN-Habitat and the World Resources Institute (WRI). TUMI combines the expertise and knowledge of all its partners and supports cities in developing countries and emerging economies in implementing sustainable urban mobility projects.

 

More information can be found on transformative-mobility.org. Pictures of the event are available on our SUTP Flickr page!

 

Discover Leipzig is now available in French.

Just in time for the TUMI Practitioners’ Conference the Sustainable Urban Transport Guide Leipzig is available in French.

Discover Leipzig_FrenchIt features four tours that will let you discover the city using sustainable transport modes. In contains valuable information on the sights you will pass by and on Leipzig’s history and transport development.

The guide provides you with facts on mobility in Leipzig, e.g. bike-sharing and car-sharing as well as on the public transport network, regional and local transport companies, railway networks, ticketing and pricing.

On top, it features links to extensive informative material on general traveller’s information, sightseeing in Leipzig and bike trips.

Download the guide in EN and FR

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