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MOBILIZE, International Sustainable Transport Summit organised by ITDP in collaboration with the VREF, in Yichang, China September 21-23, 2016

This September, ITDP, in cooperation with the City of Yichang and the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF), is offering their partners and invited guests a unique opportunity to visit and experience this emerging city. 2016 is the first annual Mobilize summit, made up of researchers, city transport and development practitioners, and international NGOs, in addition to attendees from the City of Yichang.

Over the last decade, Chinese cities have been making monumental progress in implementing sustainable transport projects in an attempt to keep pace with the hundreds of millions of Chinese people moving to cities. While much of the international attention has been focused on the megacities such as Beijing, the true scale of change in China can be better understood by focusing on the many smaller, but rapidly growing “mid-sized” cities, where markets, and development, are on the rise.

Yichang, China is one of more than 100 Chinese cities with a population of one million or more. With 1.5 million residents and growing, Yichang is a mid-sized, yet influential city in central China. Located on the Yangtze River, the site of the Three Gorges Dam, and a regional leader in sustainable transport and urban development.

Yichang won the 2016 Sustainable Transport Award for implementing a series of progressive transit projects over the last year: a high-quality bus rapid transit system, connecting the central Yiling Square to the neighborhoods north and south along a full 20 kilometers. The city has opened the first 30 kilometers of a planned 220 km cycling network, redesigned 29 pedestrian crossings for increased safety, opened a bike share system, and improved and beautified pedestrianized areas. In addition, the city has passed parking reform along the urban regeneration corridor, and is already showing impressive signs of mode shift, with an estimated 20 percent of BRT users having switched from taxis or private cars.

The agenda includes:

  • Site visits to see and experience Yichang’s new transport projects, led by the people who designed and implemented these systems.
  • Moderated discussions from world-renowned researchers on transit, infrastructure, and urban development.
  • Q&A with internationals experts on innovative ideas for implementing people-centered solutions in cities.
  • Welcome dinner and reception with the Mayor of Yichang.
  • Networking opportunities with city agency project managers, academics, and political decision makers.


Event: Conference organised by ITDP in collaboration with the VREF

When: September 21-23, 2016 in Yichang, China


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