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Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport

STUDY ON ACTIVE MOBILITY FRIENDLY Cities Assessment Indicators and National Active Mobility Strategy

Background and objective

China has set ambitious goal to reach carbon neutrality before the year 2060 and to reach its carbon dioxide emission peak before the year 2030. Emitting about 11% of China’s total CO2, the transportation sector plays a significant role in achieving China’s climate goals. To reduce emissions, the promotion of an integrated, low-carbon, innovative, and technology driven transport sector is set in various top-level policies, such as China’s strong transport nation outline issued in 2019. Besides electro-mobility, public transport, and shared mobility, active mobility (walking and cycling), as a healthy and most low carbon transport mode, is also high on the agenda of Chinese policymakers.

In collaboration with the implementing partners SinoCarbon and China Academy of Transport Science, the city of Beijing, Chengdu, Foshan, and Xiamen are selected as case cities. The project team will work jointly with local institutions to test the Active Mobility Indicator System and provide targeted recommendations for the cities. Being engaged throughout the projects, the case cities will also provide valuable inputs for the National Active Mobility Strategy.

The aim of the study is to

  • Propose a National Active Mobility Strategy for the policymakers to systematically guide municipal governments.
  • Develop a comprehensive indicator system to measure and assess the active mobility friendliness and readiness at city level. On one hand, the indicator system will serve as a tool to examine the progress made by cities and the remaining challenges. On the other hand, the feedbacks from cities will be important inputs to further improve the indicator system.

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Implemented by



Yiyang Chenzi

Sino-German Cooperation on Low Carbon Transport
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH