Urban & Rural Transport

Cities are strongly affected by the negative consequences of growing both passenger and freight transport volumes. The often car-centric development of cities comes along with congestion, air pollution, carbon emissions, road accidents, noise and thus negative impacts to people’s health and a general deterioration of life quality. To make urban transport and mobility more sustainable and the cities more livable, human-centered city and mobility planning is needed. This includes the promotion of barrier-free public transport, walking, cycling and other forms of micro-mobility and the sustainable integration of new mobility services into the existing public transport networks. To ensure a just transition towards more sustainable mobility and to promote urban-rural integration, also the mobility needs of the rural population need to be strongly considered.

Facts & Figures

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million private passenger cars on Chinese roads in 2020
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thousand shared bicycles in the Chinese capital Beijing in 2020
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of the Chinese population lived in cities in 2020
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km of urban rail in Chinese cities in 2020

News & Articles

Comparative Study on Urban Logistics and Last Mile Delivery Processes in Germany and China

This study by the Bergische Universität Wuppertal (BUW) focusses on the comparison of the last mile delivery organisation and urban logistics in Berlin, Germany and Suzhou, China. It builds on two previous studies about the courier, express and parcels (CEP) markets in Germany and China. Furthermore, the study takes a look at Berlin’s and Suzhou’s city profiles in terms of economy, transport, and parcel delivery network. By comparing the cities’ structures and their approach to last mile deliveries, greenhouse gas emissions saving potentials for Berlin will be analysed and discussed.

Strategy Workshop for the SUMP Foshan: Finding a path for Foshan’s green mobility transition

As a milestone of the Foshan SUMP pilot implementation, the online workshop was held by CSTC and GIZ with participation of CATS and the Foshan Transport Bureau as well as other local stakeholders and experts. The workshop was aimed at finalising the core elements of the strategy for the SUMP: scenario selection, vision, and objectives. During the workshop, the participants discussed 3 future scenarios (by 2035): 1. Rail-dominated development; 2. Balanced bus & rail development; 3. Multi-modal development. Selecting the 3rd scenario further informed the discussion of the vision and objectives of the SUMP. Finally, 37 city-level measures corresponding with the SUMP vision (incl. integrated transport planning, stronger motor vehicle management, and creating a vibrant active mobility environment), were introduced to gather initial stakeholder feedback.

How will the new German government approach transport?

On December 8, 2021, a new German federal government was inaugurated. The new coalition of three parties consists of the Social Democrats, the Liberals and the Greens. The partners have developed a 177-page coalition agreement to define a programme for government work until 2025, which is focusing on the green and zero carbon transformation of the German economy.

LIGHT ELECTRIC VEHICLES FOR A GREEN TRANSPORT TRANSITION: REGULATORY APPROACHES, MANAGERIAL CHALLENGES AND MARKET POTENTIALS IN GERMANY AND CHINA

How can electric micro and light vehicles become drivers of an urban transport transition and unleash their potential, rather than congesting sidewalks and sparking municipal dissent? Individual transit below the category of cars relies on relatively low-cost, agile and oftentimes environmentally friendly vehicles with the potential to reduce inner-city car congestion and improve urban quality of life. 

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The MobiliseYourCity Partnership is a global and inclusive network of cities and countries as well as a sectorial umbrella of international cooperation particularly related to the field of sustainable urban mobility; the Partnership is strongly supported by the European Commission, the German Government, the French Government. Find further information at: www.MobiliseYourCity.net