Wednesday, September 21
|08:00 - 09:00||Registration and Breakfast||Ramada Lobby and Restaurant|
|09:00 - 09:30||Welcome Remarks||Three Gorges Ballroom|
|09:30 - 11:00||Plenary: The Right Moment to Act- Leadership in Complex Urban Environments|
It is one thing to know the solutions, technologies, and policies that advance sustainable transport goals; it is another thing entirely to actually adopt and implement them in complex urban settings. Finding the "right" moment to act entails a deeper understanding of obstacles to any given transport policy. This plenary will focus on the role of political leadership and governance strategies in the successful implementation of path-breaking transportation policies to create more equitable, sustainable cities.
|Three Gorges Ballroom|
|11:00 - 11:15||BREAK|
|11:15 - 12:30||Break-out Sessions:|
I. Project Scale: One Size Does Not Fit All
Mega-projects promise to transform cities in one blunt stroke, while neighborhood interventions aim to ease the burden on communities with an incremental, small scale approach. The goal of implementing projects, whether big or small, is to find solutions to city challenges. This session will focus on real world examples of mega-projects, neighborhood-scale, and tactical interventions that have either fallen short of their stated benefits or helped to accelerate progress.
II. Walkability: Moving the Pedestrian from Underdog to Superhero
All trips begin and end with walking. Walking is the most fundamental building block of inclusive urban development, but is often overlooked in transport and land use planning. Walkable cities [promote social and economic equity, bring health benefits and contribute to personal safety. For many, walking is the primary way of getting around, comprising about 70% of urban trips in Africa and India and 50% in Latin America and China. Yet cities typically invest a majority of transport budgets into car infrastructure, and road safety numbers show that pedestrians are the most vulnerable street users. The session will address what constitutes walkability, what the latest research is showing, an what is happening in practice.
III. Mobility Plans for the Next Generation
Sustainable urban mobility plans are emerging as a way to direct public funds, guide growth, and measure project outcomes and performance. From national policies to local action, mobility plans are serving as a mechanism to finance and evaluate transit initiatives and determine whether cities are being inclusive and equitable. This session will focus on the role of mobility plans in incentivizing planning for increased rapid transit and other amenities to counter car-centric development.
|12:30 - 13:30||LUNCH||Three Gorges Ballroom|
|13:30 - 14:30||Plenary: Frequency is Freedom- Transit Service as Infrastructure|
As mid-size and smaller cities grow, they need transit systems that deliver high quality service --creating lifelong transit users improving equity throughout the city. Reliable, convenient service is the foundation for a city that is well connected, easily navigable, and highly accessible. This session will explore how public transit service can create a sense of permanence and dependability, focusing on all-purpose users and commuters.
|Three Gorges Ballroom|
|14:30 - 17:30||Site Visits:|
i. Transformed Corridor: Bus Rapid Transit & Intersection Design
ii. Cycle Yichang
iii. Walkability Tour to Canal Park
|Meet in Ramada Lobby|
|18:00 - 20:00||Dinner and Reception with the City of Yichang||Three Gorges Ballroom|