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Korean City Suwon’s car-free diet surpasses expectations

Suwon‘s month-long car-free experiment was a big hit – which city is next?

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2 October 2013, Suwon, South Korea -  Following the smashing success of Suwon‘s month-long car-free diet, residents are now prompted with the questions: should they reunite with cars or should they embrace the ecomobile lifestyle for good? Which next city is bold enough to follow Suwon’s ecomobility model?

September 2013 has been an unprecedented experience for the residents of Suwon‘s Haenggung-dong neighborhood. Through the EcoMobility World Festival, a mise-en-scene real-time experiment of ecomobile living, the unassuming residents in the ancient core of Suwon have learned through direct experience the challenges and the thrills of closing the doors of their community to cars for an entire month.

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Highlights

EcoMobility World Festival 2013 Report presents legacy of car-free neighborhood

10.12.2013

Can we imagine a life without cars? This call to action sets the tone of the newly released EcoMobility World Festival 2013 Report, now online.[more]

Category: Festival News, EcoMobility Blog

Urban food logistics and EcoMobility World Festival

28.11.2013

Food is an omnipresent element of our lives and it needs to be produced, processed, packaged and transported before it arrives in our kitchens. These processes have a huge impact on our urban environments. Streets in Suwon during...[more]

Category: Top Blog, EcoMobility Blog

Lessons from Suwon: Perspectives from a young urban planner

27.11.2013

Ms. Ratna Kusumaningrum, a winner of the UN-Habitat’s CCCI Youth Blogging and Social Media Competition, won an all-expenses paid trip to attend the EcoMobility World Festival and Congress and shares her lessons from Suwon. [more]

Category: Top Blog, EcoMobility Blog

Lessons from Suwon: Perspectives from a youth leader

27.11.2013

The winner of UN-Habitat’s CCCI Youth Blogging and Social Media Competition shares his lessons from EcoMobility World Festival in the perspective from a youth leader. [more]

Category: Top Blog, EcoMobility Blog

EcoMobility 2013 Congress Report is now available online!

18.11.2013

Held in the remarkable setting of Suwon's EcoMobility World Festival project, the Congress attracted 600 delegates.[more]

Category: Festival News, EcoMobility Congress Day 4, EcoMobility Blog

World Habitat Day highlights Urban Mobility following close of EcoMobility World Festival

07.10.2013

The annual celebration falls one week after the close of the inaugural EcoMobility World Festival in Suwon, South Korea.[more]

Category: Festival News, Top Blog, EcoMobility Blog

Working at the front line of the Festival

02.10.2013

As the Festival neighborhood lies on the fringes of one of Suwon’s most busy throughways, Suwon City enlisted the help of a team of Haenggung-dong residents who serve as traffic controllers manning each entrance to the Festival...[more]

Category: EcoMobility Blog, EcoMobility Festival Week 4, Top Blog

Korean City Suwon’s car-free diet surpasses expectations

02.10.2013

Suwon‘s month-long car-free experiment was a big hit – which city is next?[more]

Category: Festival News, EcoMobility Festival Week 4, Top Blog, EcoMobility Blog

Indonesia’s Bike Bandung travels to EcoMobility World Festival

02.10.2013

Representatives from Indonesia's first bike sharing program come to Suwon for ecomobile inspiration in the car-free neighborhood.[more]

Category: EcoMobility Festival Week 4, Festival News, EcoMobility Blog

Festival volunteers play an indispensable role in Haenggung-dong car-free success

02.10.2013

Over 4,700 volunteers were recruited including local residents, students, community groups and other green-minded Suwon citizens.[more]

Category: Festival News, EcoMobility Blog, EcoMobility Congress Day 4

Following in the footsteps of King Jeongjo

02.10.2013

Thousands of visitors decided to combine their visit to the car-free Festival with the 50th annual Hwaseong Cultural Festival.[more]

Category: Festival News, EcoMobility Blog, EcoMobility Festival Week 4, Top Blog

Haenggung-dong, Suwon, Korea - car free zone

30.09.2013

New Cities Foundation flew to South Korea to take part in the EcoMobility Suwon Congress held during EcoMobility World Festival.[more]

Category: Festival News, EcoMobility Festival, EcoMobility Festival Week 4, EcoMobility Blog

Haenggung-dong police segways into the future ecomobile city

25.09.2013

Is there an eco-friendly way of catching criminals? This September, the Haenggung-dong police force is putting on a daunting task: to chase down crooks without the aid of their shining – a la fast and furious – police cars....[more]

Category: Top Blog, EcoMobility Festival, EcoMobility Festival Week 3, EcoMobility Blog

One day in a life as a person with disability

24.09.2013

If the escalator leading from the metro station to the underground is out of order, how do you get to the subway platform? Walk down the stairs! [more]

Category: EcoMobility Festival Week 3, EcoMobility Blog, Top Blog

Visitors try out innovative and practical ecomobile vehicles at EcoMobility World Festival

24.09.2013

What do you use for your everyday errands if not cars? The residents of the Haenggung-dong neighborhood in Suwon and visitors of the EcoMobility World Festival tell us that plenty of environmentally friendly alternatives are...[more]

Category: EcoMobility Blog, EcoMobility Festival Week 3, EcoMobility Festival, Top Blog, Festival News

Thinking about tomorrow: people can't wait a new EcoMobility Festival

20.09.2013

Question: Would you like to have another EcoMobility Festival next year? Why? Answer: “Yes, I would like to have another festival like this, but actually I wished that the festival would not end and the car-free environment...[more]

Category: EcoMobility Blog, Top Blog, EcoMobility Festival Week 4

Not just a Festival: Suwon citizens experience the EcoMobile lifestyle

17.09.2013

Question: Would you like to live in an ecomobile city? Why? Answer: “Yes, I would like to live in an ecomobile city. I think about my child first; it is much safer for children to walk and play in an ecomobile city.” Answer:...[more]

Category: Top Blog, EcoMobility Blog, EcoMobility Festival Week 3

Suwon residents move at full speed with an ecomobile lifestyle

15.09.2013

Halfway into the month-long EcoMobility World Festival, Suwon’s Haenggung-dong neighborhood is still 95% car-free. Latest statistics confirm that more than 310,000 visitors have set foot in the ecomobile neighborhood.[more]

Category: Festival News, EcoMobility Blog, EcoMobility Festival, EcoMobility Festival Week 2

ICLEI Deputy Secretary General reveals EcoMobility Festival facts

15.09.2013

In this blog post, ICLEI Deputy Secretary General Monika Zimmermann reveals some of the unknown facts, figures and impressions on EcoMobility World Festival. [more]

Category: EcoMobility Festival, EcoMobility Blog, Top Blog, EcoMobility Festival Week 2

EcoMobility Festival, an experience to share!

11.09.2013

What do you tell your friends about the festival? Answer: “I tell them about the many different vehicles that one can try at the festival, they are very exciting. Many of my friends in high school live in this area. We are all...[more]

Category: EcoMobility Festival Week 2, EcoMobility Blog, Top Blog

Blindfold tour opens new vision for public space

09.09.2013

On a sunny September day, a Korean volunteer from the EcoMobiltiy World Festival led me through the neighborhood of Suwon blindfolded.[more]

Category: EcoMobility Blog, Top Blog, EcoMobility Festival, EcoMobility Festival Week 1

The world needs more pedal power!

09.09.2013

At the Haenggung-dong neighborhood in Suwon, South Korea, where the EcoMobility World Festival 2013 is taking place, residents and visitors would need more than their vocal prowess to sing at karaokes – they need pedaling powers...[more]

Category: EcoMobility Blog, EcoMobility Festival Week 1

Festival coupon scheme - good for business and the environment

09.09.2013

102 neighborhood shops participating in coupon scheme representing €200,000 worth of local business during Festival[more]

Category: Festival News, EcoMobility Blog, EcoMobility Festival Week 2, EcoMobility Festival

Ecomobile life: challenges of the change process

09.09.2013

What do you think is the biggest hurdle in living an ecomobile life? Answer: “I think the problem is not the ecomobile lifestyle, but the process of change towards it; I mean we as residents experience this by ourselves right...[more]

Category: Top Blog, EcoMobility Blog, EcoMobility Festival Week 1

EcoMobility World Festival on Arirang TV

06.09.2013

See the interview with Creative Director of Festival broadcast on Korean channel Arirang TV.[more]

Category: Festival News, EcoMobility Blog, EcoMobility Festival Week 1

Post-Congress Press Release

05.09.2013

Returning public spaces to citizens and providing green, active and integrated ecomobile transport options are the main messages drawn from the EcoMobility 2013 Suwon Congress. [more]

Category: Festival News, EcoMobility Blog, EcoMobility Festival Week 1

Explore the alleys of Haenggung-dong with a guided tour!

05.09.2013

Available in English, Chinese and Japanese, the tours operate three times daily every Saturday and Sunday this September. [more]

Category: Festival News, EcoMobility Festival Week 1, EcoMobility Blog

Suwon Congress concludes with mayors’ commitment to greening and humanizing urban mobility

05.09.2013

Suwon, South Korea - Giving public spaces back to citizens and providing them with green, active and integrated ecomobile transport options are the main message drawn at the EcoMobility 2013 Suwon Congress.[more]

Category: Festival News, EcoMobility Festival Week 1, EcoMobility Congress Day 4, Vehicles, EcoMobility Blog

Residents actively engage in Festival activities

04.09.2013

The Festival will not be a success without the active participation of the Haenggungdong residents. ICLEI toured the neighborhood and surveyed the activities where residents take part in. [more]

Category: EcoMobility Blog, EcoMobility Congress Day 4, EcoMobility Festival Week 1, Top Blog

EcoMobility Youth Session: get inspired and engage!

04.09.2013

Over 200 delegates facilitated by international experts to present a Youth Declaration on EcoMobility[more]

Category: EcoMobility Congress Day 3, EcoMobility Blog, Top Blog, EcoMobility Congress Day 4

Walking became more enjoyable in Haenggung-dong

03.09.2013

The Haenggung-dong neighborhood has undergone major street transformations over the course of two years. ICLEI asked the residents what further improvements they would like to see in the future.[more]

Category: EcoMobility Congress Day 3, Top Blog, EcoMobility Blog, EcoMobility Festival Week 1

Mayors highlight challenges of ecomobility in cities

03.09.2013

Mayors from diverse regions are now in Suwon to explore the possibilities and challenges of implementing a truly ecomobile city. [more]

Category: Festival News, EcoMobility Congress Day 3, EcoMobility Blog

EcoMobility: moving back to the basics?

03.09.2013

While sustainability advocates struggle to market the idea of ecomobility to cities, transport experts and engineers on the ground said what urban planners are missing is often the basic question of “whose mobility”. [more]

Category: Festival News, EcoMobility Blog, EcoMobility Festival Week 1, EcoMobility Congress Day 3

“Suwon 2013 EcoMobility Impulse” attracts attention

02.09.2013

The Suwon 2013 EcoMobility Impulse - a key document capturing the visions and essence of EcoMobility developed by ICLEI, attracts wide interest and is well received by ecomobile experts and pioneers. [more]

Category: Festival News, EcoMobility Congress Day 2, EcoMobility Blog, EcoMobility Festival Week 1

Focus to shift from stages and pavilions to the everyday spaces of Festival neighborhood

02.09.2013

Yesterday, the newly paved streets of Haenggung-dong were debuted in style. Today a host of around 500 international congress participants pack the pavilion as they assembled for the Opening Plenary session. [more]

Category: Festival News, EcoMobility Festival Week 1, EcoMobility Blog, EcoMobility Congress Day 2

Opening of EcoMobility Festival

02.09.2013

Today on September 1 was the opening of EcoMobility World Festival in Suwon. When I arrived there at 5 pm, the festival was already in full swing. There was a large stage in front of the Haenggung Palace. It was so amazing to see...[more]

Category: EcoMobility Blog, Top Blog

EcoMobility Festival sparks off ecomobile lifestyle in motion

01.09.2013

September 1, 2013, Suwon, South Korea - Today, residents of Haenggungdong in Suwon, South Korea woke up to a new neighborhood: car-less and people-friendly. [more]

Category: Top Blog, EcoMobility Congress Day 1, EcoMobility Blog, EcoMobility Festival, EcoMobility Festival Week 1, Festival News

Suwon citizens say EcoMobility is more than riding a bike

aaa 01.09.2013

Engaging 4,300 residents to swap some 1,500 cars for ecomobile vehicles and adopt an ecomobile lifestyle, the City of Suwon is setting an example to cities worldwide that travelling by eco-friendly means of transport is possible...[more]

Category: Festival News, EcoMobility Festival, EcoMobility Congress Day 1, EcoMobility Festival Week 1, EcoMobility Blog, Top Blog

What the youth wants..

31.08.2013

One month, one neighborhood, no cars. Just a day before the Festival kicks off, the youth met in Suwon, South Korea to talk about their visions and impressions of the kind of city they would like to live in.

Category: EcoMobility Blog

Update on Preparations of EcoMobility Festival

27.08.2013

On Tuesday, August 20th, I was again at the festival area of the EcoMobility Festival. I wanted to see how far the preparations proceeded. You remember that the festival starts in September, 11 days after I took the pictures (and...[more]

Category: EcoMobility Blog, Top Blog

What does EcoMobility mean?

13.08.2013

EcoMobility is an integrated form of environmentally sustainable mobility that combines the use of non motorized means of transport with the use of public transport to allow people to move in their local environments without...[more]

Category: EcoMobility Blog

The bike as a catalyst for nature conservation

07.08.2013

Fast, efficient and individualistic, the bicycle is no ordinary mode of transport. It’s a church, a gym, a community creator, a cash printer, a protest placard, a dopamine generator, a mechanical expression of self-determination,...[more]

Category: Top Blog, EcoMobility Blog

Nordic Cab Story

05.08.2013

Today Nordic Cab is a professional product that can be used by the families for lifetime.[more]

Category: EcoMobility Blog