September 21 & 22
Yichang BRT Corridor
Ride the city’s newest articulated buses along the BRT corridor on the main street that is helping regenerate Yichang’s downtown. The system is only the second in China to have stations with boarding on both sides with buses designed with doors on both sides. Building facades have been upgraded by Yichang Municipal Government along the corridor since the launch of the BRT. Before and after photos will be shown at the sites where half of the illegal parking and on-street parking spaces were removed from the BRT corridor to better organize the street. New separated cycle lanes and a for-hire bike share system dot the corridor. See new green landscaping along the way, including a pedestrian shade feature that takes inspiration from Singapore. Participants will go to the North side of the city to experience the BRT corridor design on narrower streets and see how the new system integrates with a regional bus terminal and upgraded public spaces.
About two dozen participants will get to see the latest cycling infrastructure implemented along the BRT corridor. The tour will reach the Yangtze river and continue along the new waterfront greenway. See how Yichang has designed its intersections to give cyclists priority through continuous street treatments and a signalization system inspired by Copenhagen.
Established as part of the Yangtze River Economic Belt which stretches from Hubei to Hunan Province, the Three Gorges Logistics Park is a regional logistics center based in Yichang and one of the largest such facilities in China. With over 2,000 freight companies doing business at the site, the facility accommodates both long distance and local freight needs. The coordination platform offered by the logistics park minimizes empty hauls of trucks and costs. Participants on the logistics park tour will see different distribution centers, warehousing areas, wholesale vendors, agricultural and pharmaceutical testing laboratories and the breadth of services offered at the facility. It will be a rare glimpse into an operational center meant to increase efficiency of goods transport in the region, decrease emissions and to help resolve last-mile deliveries to the city of Yichang.
WALKABILITY TOUR TO CANAL PARK
September 21 & 22
Canal Linear Park
Yichang’s Canal Linear Park was built more than 50 years ago and plays an important role in electricity generation, irrigation and water diversion. Until several years ago, it had become polluted and environmentally degraded, almost losing its function. Recent efforts by the Yichang Government have helped restore the Canal. With the Canal’s water quality and surrounding environment protected and restored, the linear park serves as an exciting collection of public spaces that integrate with other parts of the city center.