The three finalists for the 2016 Sustainable Transport Award are leaders in the field of sustainable urban development. Through improvements to public transit, a focus on non-motorized transport, and programs to create a culture of sustainability, these cities are creating a better life for residents, and a stronger future for the world. The winner will be announced at ceremony in Washington D.C. in January, 2016.


Moscow, Russia

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With the new motto “Moscow is moving”, the city is making strides increasing speed and options for transport. In 2015, the city added hundreds of kilometers of bicycle lanes, expanded its bike sharing system, and improved parking management. Improvements to public transit, including newer buses, track repairs, and upgraded pedestrian access around stations, have led to soaring reports of satisfied users on surveys.

Rosario, Argentina

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Rosario, Argentina is using three main strategies to improve life in the city: improve mass transit, develop options for non-motorized transit, and deter private transport. With these ideas guiding programs, the city is seeing impressive results. Public transit with dedicated lanes and well integrated with traffic controls has improved travel times, a public bike share is helping to reduce congestion, and policy reforms around urban development are improving comfort and livability for city residents.

Yichang, China

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In 2015, Yichang launched a new bus rapid transit system, implemented parking improvements, renovated major public spaces, and introduced a new bike share system. The BRT is drawing hundreds of thousands of daily passengers, many of them from private vehicles. Along the corridor, many parking spaces have been eliminated, bike lanes have been added, and new landscaping is improving pedestrian facilities and street life throughout the city.



Albacete, Spain

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Using smart design and innovative uses of technology, Albacete has made dramatic improvements to the public transit system. Preferential treatment at traffic lights, real time information, and a smartphone app with a CO2 calculator are increasing ridership and earning the system recognition for the benefits it offers to health, safety, and the environment.

Indore, India

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The success of the iBus BRTS system has had a wide impact on transit in Indore. With improvements to accessibility and comfort, iBus has seen increasing ridership numbers, decreasing crashes, and fewer kilometers driven in private cars. In addition, the city has expanded options to rent a motorcycle, and opened a public cycle share.

Kigali, Rwanda

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The City of Kigali launched the first phase of a plan to pedestrianize the city center, including car free days and pedestrian plazas. By doing so, the Rwandan capital is one of the first cities in the region to  give back urban space to pedestrians. This measure is part of the transport master plan, published in 2013, that is helping make Kigali one of the cleanest cities in Africa.

Lima, Peru

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The +CIUDAD project, launched in the San Isidro district of Lima, is having a profound impact on the city, improving physical activity, sustainable transport options, and ‘green culture’ for the people of Lima. The city has added cycle lanes and expanded bicycle parking, built parklets and launched cultural activities to improve street life, and made public space and public transit more accessible.

Toluca, Mexico

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Toluca, Mexico has dramatically improved non-motorized transit throughout the city.  Using a comprehensive approach, the city added criteria for mobility into the urban development plan, technical standards, and municipal regulations. Traffic calming measures, improved signage, and expanded sidewalks are making the city safer for those on foot, and biking culture in the city is on the rise, thanks to programs including cycling workshops, Night Bike Rides, and World Car Free Day.