EcoMobility Alliance updates May 2019
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Dear colleagues,
Happy World Environment Day! 

In this month’s newsletter you can learn how the EcoMobility SHIFT+ tool helps cities to assess urban mobility systems in Uganda and China, and check out the latest EcoLogistics Country Profiles featuring freight transport in Argentina, Colombia and India. In our upcoming webinars, you can deepen your knowledge on low carbon freight and electrification in public transport. 

Finally, the "EcoLogistics: freight transport in urban resilience" session will take place on 28 June at ICLEI Resilient Cities Congress 2019. We look forward to welcoming you in Bonn!
Kind regards,
ICLEI EcoMobility team

[News] 2019 TUMI Global Urban Mobility Challenge winners announced

The ten winners of the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) Global Mobility Challenge 2019 were announced at the TUMIVolt Conference in Leipzig, Germany. Jinja, Uganda, one of our CitiesSHIFT project cities, will upgrade the flow of people and goods in and around their central market area by implementing infrastructure that supports non-motorized and eco-friendly transport. 

[Blog] Urban freight and supply chain connectivity in a changing global economy

Increasing globalization and consumerism have changed the way goods are transported, and cities are at the front-lines of managing the logistics of freight. At the International Transport Forum 2019, ICLEI shared city strategies and private sector innovations that aim to mitigate the environmental impact of urban freight. 

[Blog] Exploring informal sustainable mobility for East African cities

Motorcycle taxis, known as boda-bodas, are a common sight in East Africa. While they pose safety concerns and management challenges, new ideas and technologies have the potential to make boda-bodas a part of sustainable mobility systems. 

[News] Entebbe and Jinja, pioneering cities for EcoMobility SHIFT+ in Africa

When rapid urbanization in African cities is not met with adequate public transportation infrastructure, mobility becomes a challenge. Traffic gridlock plagues Ugandan cities although the motorization rate is still low, making investing in walking and cycling infrastructure urgent. 

[News] EcoMobility SHIFT+ Tool helps cities to assess urban mobility system pioneered in China

To curb air pollution, Kaili and Foshan in China have invested significantly in improving urban mobility systems, particularly leveraging smart solutions and clean technology to electrify public busses. 

[Blog] For Development Pilots, Bigger Cities Aren't Always Better (Devex)

As some development groups begin to laud the benefits of holding pilot projects in so-called “secondary cities,” the growing city of Singra, Bangladesh is now home to three development pilots.

[Blog] Bogotá’s Fight for Gender Equality and Safe Public Transport (Impakter)

In a 2017 study, an overwhelming 90 percent of female respondents stated that they felt unsafe on public streets, and 86 percent stated that they felt unsafe while using public transportation. Here's how Bogotá is tackling the issue.

[Action] ICLEI joins 35 signatories in the Call for Zero Emission Freight Vehicles

ICLEI joins 35 signatories in the call to action to accelerate the transition towards zero emission logistics. 


EcoLogistics Country Profiles 

The country profiles explore the quantitative urban mobility information about Argentina, Colombia and India, featuring freight transport.

To learn more about the EcoLogistics: Low carbon freight for sustainable cities project, visit
How can African cities be better designed for people instead of cars?
This short video introduces the TUMI Network of High Ambition Leaders and what it offers members. It includes footage from the kick-off workshop organized by ICLEI and GIZ in 2018. To find out more about TUMI Network, please visit
On-demand webinars

[Upcoming] EcoLogistics webinar #2: Good practices for low carbon freight in Latin American cities (in Spanish)

Thursday 13 June 2019, 11:00-12:00 (COT)  | 13:00-14:00 (ART)  | 18:00-19:00 (CEST)

This webinar will discuss different ways for cities to reduce GHG emissions, air pollution and other negative externalities within their urban areas while continuing to deliver urban freight effectively. Register here 

[Upcoming] CitiesSHIFT webinar #2: Accelerating electrification in public transport: policy and financing framework

Thursday 4 July 2019, 10:00-11:00 (CEST) 

This webinar will present global case studies and compare the enabling policies, infrastructure, financing mechanisms and business models in the European and Chinese contexts that accelerated electrification and the uptake of renewables in the public transport sector. Register here

[Recording] CitiesSHIFT webinar #1: Stakeholder participation in sustainable mobility planning

This recorded webinar explores effective stakeholder participation strategies and tools to build socially-inclusive cities. You can download the speaker’s presentations and view a full recording of the webinar.

More about the CitiesSHIFT project, please visit

Mark your calendar
MOBILIZE Fortaleza 2019

24-26 June 2019
Fortaleza, Brazil

MOBILIZE is ITDP’s annual sustainable transport summit, which brings together practitioners and researchers to celebrate best practices and accelerate implementation of sustainable transport projects. This year it will take place in Fortaleza, the winning city of the 2019 Sustainable Transport Award.

ICLEI Resilient Cities 2019

10th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation

26-28 June 2019
Bonn, Germany

Join this special 10th anniversary edition of the Resilient Cities Congress and contribute to the discussion on important topics in urban resilience and adaptation to climate change. Check out the Resilient Cities 2019 full program overview or download it here

EcoLogistics – Freight transport in urban resilience (J2 session) at ICLEI Resilient Cities 2019

Friday, 28 June 2019, 13:30-15:00

This panel will look into the challenges in urban freight from social, economic, technological, and institutional perspectives, and explore the measures and practices from leading cities and the industry. 

Autonomy & The Urban Mobility Summit 2019

16-17 October 2019
Paris, France

Autonomy & The Urban Mobility Summit is an annual event that brings innovators and policy makers together to change the way we move in cities. We are developing an exciting mobility track at the Summit. Stay tuned! 

To see all sustainable mobility upcoming events in 2019, click here.
Photo credits
News: ©SUTP ©Tsu-Jui Cheng ©Beatrice Ch'ng ©Rakibul Islam ©Secretaria Distrital de la Mujer, Bogotá
Mark your calendar: ©Siemens ©Fortaleza City Hall ©Autonomy

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