Agenda: Day 1




Wednesday, September 21

08:00 - 09:00Registration and BreakfastRamada Lobby and Restaurant
09:00 - 09:30Welcome RemarksThree Gorges Ballroom
09:30 - 11:00Plenary: 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 - 11:15BREAK
11:15 - 12:30Break-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 - 13:30LUNCHThree Gorges Ballroom
13:30 - 14:30Plenary: 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 - 17:30Site Visits:
i. Transformed Corridor: Bus Rapid Transit & Intersection Design

ii. Cycle Yichang

iii. Walkability Tour to Canal Park
Meet in Ramada Lobby
18:00 - 20:00Dinner and Reception with the City of YichangThree Gorges Ballroom