| Upcoming events
5 to 9 Oct 2015, Bordeaux, France
The ITS Congress and Exhibition is the world’s largest event in intelligent transport systems and services. Through the main theme “Towards Intelligent Mobility – Better Use of Space”, the Bordeaux Congress will focus not only on how achieving intelligent mobility will change our lives but also on the benefits space can bring to ITS applications.
7 to 9 Oct 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa
The EcoMobility Congress will take a new format and title for its third edition in Johannesburg (South Africa). The EcoMobility Congress will be called the EcoMobility Dialogues and will be held from the 7 – 9 October 2015, concurrent with the second EcoMobility World Festival.
The EcoMobility Dialogues will attract thought leaders, experts, practitioners, academia and city leaders to discuss specific challenges, obstacles and ways out of the urban mobility crisis cities around the world face. It will form an integral part of the EcoMobility World Festival – a unique month long demonstration of an urban car-free lifestyle.
During the Dialogues, attention will be placed on the transport and climate change debate. Supported by expert groups from the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and the Bridging the Gap (BtG) initiative, the outcomes of these dialogues will form an input for further discussions at the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP21) to be held on 30 November to 11 December in Paris, France.
The 2nd EcoMobility Congress, held in Suwon in September 2013, attracted over 600 participants of whom 145 hailed from developing countries and from over 50 local governments.
20 to 23 Oct 2015, Vienna, Austria
The conference uses the motto “stepping ahead” to promote activities and innovations towards the future of more resilient cities and healthy living environments.
Walk21 champions the development of healthy, sustainable and efficient communities where people choose to walk. Through the conference series and the International Charter for Walking, Walk21 are realising a vision to create communities where people want to and are able to walk as a way to travel, to be healthy and to relax.
The Walk21 international network seeks to support and inspire professionals, politicians and the community to evolve the best policies and implement the best initiatives that create and promote environments where people choose to walk.
The Walk21 conference series provides a global forum to:
•Highlight and promote the importance of walking at political, policy and community levels to gain international impetus for and commitment to walking
•Disseminate new research, good practice and successful promotion measures for walking as part of everyday life
•Showcase city success stories and support the host city, the local business community, and stakeholders in taking bigger steps towards a more walkable future
•Illustrate how to prioritise and integrate walking across all relevant policy areas including traffic, spatial planning, health, public space, tourism, recreation, art and community engagement
•Celebrate the global momentum for more walkable, sustainable communities, the daily joys of walking and achievements around the world
•Identify emerging ideas, the need for future research and opportunities for funding.
International delegates attending a Walk21 conference have the opportunity to explore these themes in action through walking tours and visits arranged in the host city.
Vienna is one of the most liveable cities in the world and host city of Walk21 2015. Together with experts from around the globe we will share insights and expertise on how to step ahead in urban development and on how to be a walkable city.
The four main conference themes for the Vienna conference are:
•Walking towards new public spaces
•Walking towards resilient cities
•Walking towards safety and health
30 Nov to 11 Dec 2015, Paris, France
The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC and 11th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP) to the Kyoto Protocol will take place in Paris, France.
27 Feb to 1 Mar 2016, Taipeh, Taiwan
Conference Theme - Evolution of Cycling
- Urban Transitions:
The scale of urban growth hinges on transportation. Cities have grown in size as humans gain mobility overtime from foot and wagons to automobiles and trains. Again, multiple transport modalities and combinations that include bicycles are transforming modern cities. As bicycles are added to the transport portfolio and even become the mainstream choice, how will cites metamorphose in response? How do bicycles help build the livable cities we anticipate?
- Moving Lifestyles:
Cycling slows down the hastiness of urban life. It is the cushion for cities’ hustle and bustle. Pedaling around their neighborhoods, into the lanes and alleys, people rebuild connections with others. With that, they are able to savor the lovely moments in life, once again. Now that bicycles have become an integral part of people’s life, what are the new lifestyles they have introduced?
- Sustainable Economies:
Automobiles give rise to suburban malls. Trains and subways propel shopping centers at stations. Each different transport modality nourishes a unique business ecosystem. The use of bicycles can create jobs and contribute to economic growth, according to an ECF report in 2014. The increasing number of cyclists directly boosts tourism, retailing, manufacturing, repair and maintenance, etc. On top of that, what else local economic activities can they facilitate? What are the potential business types and models for the growing cyclist population?
- Sharing Societies:
The concept of sharing vehicles has evolved. People begin to share public transport and then automobiles, followed by bicycles, to conserve the environment and reduce transportation costs. In terms of usage, the concept has morphed from individual ownership to shared vehicles; in terms of right of way, from car-oriented to green transport oriented. Sharing has become a way of establishing sustainable mobility systems. How does bike-sharing affect people’s idea of vehicles and roads? How should policies address such shared benefits? What are other innovations of sharing?
- Design in Motion:
A defining momentum behind growth and innovation, design thinking is a powerful tool to systematically analyze and tackle with problems, especially for urban development challenges. Velo-city Global 2016 will feature a series of interactive sessions for bicycle manufacturers, city planners, and policy makers to learn from intensive brainstorming and discussions. Such mind-blowing meetings are the best way to inspire meaningful exchanges among international experts.
19 to 21 Oct 2016, Singapore
The second edition of LTA-UITP Singapore International Transport Congress and Exhibition (SITCE) will happen here in Singapore on 19-21 October 2016.
Themed “Innovating Transport for Liveable Cities”, SITCE 2016 will focus on innovative solutions for urban transport systems. Bringing together authorities, policy-makers, urban planners, transport operators as well as solution providers, the event will set the stage for a meaningful discussion of innovative solutions for issues and challenges faced by all in the business of urban transport.
Comprising of a trade exhibition, a congress, technical visits and various networking opportunities, SITCE 2016 promises a week of in-depth dialogues and forums, exchange of ideas as well as opportunities to expand your business networks.