Eco-Mobility Festival pilots new urbanism techniques on a large scale in order to promote the use of new transport solutions.
The Haenggung-dong neighborhood in Suwon City, South Korea hosted the first Eco-Mobility Festival in 2013, banning cars from the busy neighbourhood for one month and focusing on non-motorised transport. Bicycles were given to every household as well as the opportunity to try new eco-friendly transport inventions which were tested and then exhibited as part of the festival. Not only did the residents embrace the new transport methods, they actually found many positive outcomes from living without cars: the surplus road space was used for concerts and performances, and businesses found that trade had doubled. Only a few of the roads returned to car zones after the festival closed.
The next festival will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2016. Main streets in the busy financial districts will be closed off to motorised vehicles to promote positive and active change in mobility.
The festival is presented by ICLEI – the Global Green Cities Network – and The urban idea (a creative studio specialising in sustainable urban futures and strategy games) are determined to promote a worldwide discussion about the urgency of eco-mobility.