EcoMobility 2013 Suwon congress

One neighborhood,
one month,
no cars

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

ICLEI is the world's leading association of cities and local governments dedicated to sustainable development. We are a powerful movement of 12 mega-cities, 100 super-cities and urban regions, 450 large cities as well as 450 medium-sized cities and towns in 84 countries.  We promote local action for global sustainability and supports cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource-efficient, biodiverse, low-carbon; to build a smart infrastructure; and to develop an inclusive, green urban economy with the ultimate aim to achieve healthy and happy communities.

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ICLEI and Ecomobility

Urban Mobility is a key area of focus for ICLEI as urban areas today face chronic demands for faster commutes, safer roads, more space, and cleaner air, and local governments face increasingly difficult decisions about mobility issues and land use policies in their communities. ICLEI addresses transport issues through its transport initiative, EcoMobility.

ICLEI's EcoMobility initiative is comprised of three major projects:

1. EcoMobility Alliance is a select group of ambitious cities that have achieved excellent results in certain dimensions of sustainable mobility, and that strive to reach similar results in other EcoMobility fields. 

2. EcoMobility World Festival featured a neighborhood in Suwon, South Korea, with residents temporarily adopting an ecomobile lifestyle to experience how EcoMobility could influence their lives positively. The four-week long Festival presented a real-life vision of car-free urban living in the future.

3. EcoMobility SHIFT is a project to develop a total quality management scheme - the SHIFT scheme - to be launched in April 2013. This scheme allows cities to assess their current EcoMobility performance and evaluate the effectiveness of their policies and actions to achieve a more sustainable transport system in terms of environment, accessibility, safety, and equity.


"EcoMobility means priority for walking, cycling, wheeling, 'passenging'. It describes a new paradigm for both our personal mobility choices and urban transport planning."

Konrad Otto Zimmermann, Chair, ICLEI Urban Agendas