7/7/2020 - Mark your calendar: Daring Cities Online
7/7/2020 - MOBILIZE Virtual 2020
7/7/2020 - The Bicycle as a Vehicle of Protest
7/7/2020 - How micromobility can support a green economic recovery
6/7/2020 - Abstracts Due 8 July for CTBUH Live-Streaming, Three-City Conference
6/7/2020 - Save the date: Global Public Transport Summit 2021
6/7/2020 - How Cities Are Trying to Avert Gridlock
6/7/2020 - Masks and AI: the new mobility reality
2/7/2020 - CTBUH Launches Live-Streamed, Three-City Conference
2/7/2020 - EFUS Conference postponed to spring 2021
2/7/2020 - Cities Ponder Policy Changes to Reduce Traffic
2/7/2020 - 3 Ways U.S. Cities Are Investing in Clean Energy for Resilience
1/7/2020 - TOD Retrofitting Suburbia webinar
1/7/2020 - 56th ISOCARP World Planning Congress
1/7/2020 - Covid-19: a springboard for more food solidarity?
1/7/2020 - Uppsala Climate Protocol – an inclusive approach to climate neutrality
Mark your calendar: Daring Cities Online
7 - 28 October 2020 In light of the ongoing developments around the COVID-19 pandemic, ICLEI and the Federal City of Bonn are transforming Daring Cities 2020 into a virtual, global forum on climate change for urban leaders tackling the climate emergency, especially in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Daring Cities 2020 will run from 7-28 October 2020, offering an online array of high level and visionary speaking sessions and a series of informative workshops. We are developing an exciting sustainable mobility track at the forum. Stay tuned!
MOBILIZE Virtual 2020
26, 28, 30 October 2020 Online MOBILIZE will be going virtual this year, convening up to 500 sustainable transport experts. The theme, Building Collective Action for the Next Decade, will underscore the plenaries, breakouts, and workshops, with the goal of each of us committing to taking action.
The Bicycle as a Vehicle of Protest
A week ago, on Wednesday night, the third night of a citywide curfew in New York, police officers were seen confiscating bicycles. Posts on social media described N.Y.P.D. officers violently seizing bikes from peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators, who were continuing to march in defiance of the 8 p.m.. lockdown. In one widely shared video clip, a jittery camera captured a cop wheeling an apparently commandeered bike; a woman can be heard screaming at police, asking why bikes are being taken, and how protesters are supposed to travel home. Another piece of viral footage, retweeted by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, among others, shows three policemen clubbing a cyclist with batons on a Manhattan street. It’s unclear whether the man was arrested, or what became of his bicycle.
How micromobility can support a green economic recovery
Maurice Henderson, Director of Government Partnerships at micromobility firm Bird, explains how micromobility operators can help cities keep moving during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, and why these services are key to the coming environmentally-friendly economic recovery.
Abstracts Due 8 July for CTBUH Live-Streaming, Three-City Conference
On 17 November 2020, the Council will convene a global event on the theme of The Post-Crisis City: Rethinking Sustainable Vertical Urbanism. Across three global cities—Singapore, London, and Chicago—and streaming worldwide, over the course of 24 hours, the Conference will bring the most inspiring thoughts and profound visions to attendees. Submit an abstract to be considered for a speaking role in one of the three cities, or in a virtual capacity. CTBUH Members of all disciplines are encouraged to submit an abstract, which must relate directly to the conference theme. The deadline to submit a proposal is 8 July. Competition will be high, so be sure to submit your abstract today to be considered for a speaking role.
Save the date: Global Public Transport Summit 2021
With a proud history spanning 135 years, The UITP Global Public Transport Summit is the world’s major platform for public transport professionals. The next UITP Summit is coming to Melbourne, Australia from 6-9 June 2021, bringing together the greatest minds in mobility to champion a more sustainable future. As we look ahead to the next edition of our Summit, UITP has been addressing the developments the public transport sector has faced during the coronavirus pandemic.
How Cities Are Trying to Avert Gridlock
Officials are trying to prevent a return to urban gridlock and pollution as residents begin to travel again. As coronavirus lockdowns loosen around the world, city leaders are scrambling to address a new problem: the prospect of gridlock worse than before the pandemic. From Shenzhen to Milan to Austin, officials are trying to coax people back onto buses and subways and reclaim road space for cyclists and pedestrians.
Masks and AI: the new mobility reality
French authorities are using artificial intelligence to track face covering compliance In common with other countries, the French government has declared face masks as essential, and has made wearing them compulsory on public transport and in secondary schools. This mandate came on the heels of France opening up the economy after a lockdown that, according to French prime minister Edouard Philippe, likely saved more than 60,000 lives.
CTBUH Launches Live-Streamed, Three-City Conference
Recognizing the changed circumstances in which much of the world finds itself, the CTBUH Conference scheduled to take place in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur this October has been put back one year, thus rescheduled for fall 2021.
Instead, on 17 November 2020, the Council will convene a global event on the theme of The Post-Crisis City: Rethinking Sustainable Vertical Urbanism. Across three global cities—Singapore, London, and Chicago—and streaming worldwide online, over the course of 24 hours, the Conference will bring the most inspiring thoughts and profound visions to attendees. Join us online or in one of the three local physical gatherings (COVID-19 guidelines allowing), and discover how cities can be more responsive and anticipatory, and less reactionary, in the face of what is certain to be even more rapid change and disruption than we have recently experienced.
EFUS Conference postponed to spring 2021
Given the evolution of the sanitary crisis and lingering uncertainties about travel restrictions, we have decided to postpone our “Security, Democracy & Cities” international conference, initially scheduled on 25, 26 and 27 November 2020. In
order to receive you in the best conditions and ensure seamless European and international attendance, we invite you to join us in the spring of 2021. We will inform you of the dates as soon as possible.
Cities Ponder Policy Changes to Reduce Traffic
A new examination of 100 U.S. metros during the nationwide stay-at-home orders shows that small changes to societal norms, like daily commutes, could have significant impacts for air quality.
3 Ways U.S. Cities Are Investing in Clean Energy for Resilience
By 2030, more than 145 million people across the world will be impacted by flooding each year – many of whom live in coastal areas of the United States. Wildfires are growing rapidly in areas of the U.S. where they once were rare, burning more than twice as much land area per year from 2000-2018 than in the previous 15 years. The outbreak of disease, as evidenced by the current COVID-19 pandemic, is placing newfound shocks and stresses on U.S. cities. As unforeseen and dramatic events like these become more common, cities must increase their abilities to endure and respond to conditions that can turn communities upside down.
TOD Retrofitting Suburbia webinar
Webinar: July 9 - 1pm EDT
Learn important principles and best practices of regional planning and transforming existing suburban areas into great walkable, mixed-use places. A practical webinar for urban designers, planners, architects, developers, environmentalists, and
community leaders showing how to initiate the needed transformations of outdated suburban projects and car-dominated places into desirable, urban & sustainable places.
56th ISOCARP World Planning Congress
'Post-Oil City: Planning for an Urban Green Deal'
Doha, Qatar, November 8-12, 2020
Looking at the calendar of similar planning events, we would not be alone with our initial common goal of organising the 56th World Planning Congress as planned.
However, we remain vigilant and aware of our responsibilities and are actively working with our local partner to monitor the situation closely and ensure that appropriate precautions are planned to protect the health of our participants and
that all necessary contingency plans are prepared and can be put in place if the situation after the summer holidays so requires.
Covid-19: a springboard for more food solidarity?
Cities have shown how agile they can be in addressing increased needs of their local population in terms of access to (healthy) food. As the economic crisis unfolds and hits the most vulnerable first, it is important to think about what cities can do to sustain and transfer such good practices and what support they need at national and European levels.
Uppsala Climate Protocol – an inclusive approach to climate neutrality
In the Covenant City of Uppsala, local government is working with public and private organisations to design climate goals and the way to reach them together. The Climate Protocol is an inclusive co-design model that has resulted in a concrete climate strategy.
The Climate Protocol is a group of organisations (private companies, universities, public authorities and civil associations) working with the local government to tackle climate change. It was launched in 2010, with 16 organisations signing up to contribute to the city’s goal of a 30% reduction in emissions by 2020. After 10 successful years of engagement, the membership and the goals have adjusted: the partnership now has 40 member organisations, and the city has updated its ambitions to achieve a fossil free and renewable Uppsala by 2030 and a climate positive Uppsala by 2050.
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