MOBILIZE brings together urban transport and development practitioners alongside world-class researchers to accelerate implementation of sustainable transport projects. Using research to fill knowledge gaps, activities around MOBILIZE harness the availability of international solutions and draw on the lessons of a local case city used as a learning laboratory. Interaction between researchers and practitioners foster greater global resource allocation toward the goals of making streets, transport systems, and cities the best possible places for people.
Yichang, host of the first annual MOBILIZE summit, has shown that a mid-size city can put great ideas into action and produce projects that inspire other cities. Many of today’s midsize cities, which are greater in number than mega-cities, will be the big metropolises of the future. The way these cities plan for and manage growth can provide particular lessons. Participants to this invitation-only summit have a unique opportunity to experience this model emerging city, as mid-size Chinese cities plan for intensive growth over the next decade.
MOBILIZE Yichang brought together 175 invite-only participants, including some of the most notable thinkers and doers in the urban planning field, representing 40 cities, 20 countries, and 5 continents. Blending the ITDP and VREF networks with support from the City of Yichang elevated the quality of discussions to a high level and helped create a memorable and productive 3 days. The city unveiled new sections of the greenway as part of an 1800 km plan in time for the summit and refurbished their waterfront pedestrian and biking infrastructure.
The pilot summit would not be possible without the full support of ITDP China, who worked alongside the Mobilize team in NY on logistics and programming. The summit garnered a lot of interest from print, TV and online Chinese media. Presentations from MOBILIZE can be here and photos here 。Thank you all who were able to join the immersive learning opportunity.！
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