ITDP China works with city governments and agencies to provide technical support for sustainable transit projects and policies, and works through training, media, and strategic communications to spread the replication of these projects and promote international and domestic best practices.
By 2030, China will have more than 200 cities with populations over 1 million. How those cities are planned and built will have major implications for the globe, as well as for their local environments. Unfortunately, current trends are still strongly automobile-oriented, and the planning and design of new roads typically overlooks the needs of pedestrians, buses, and bicycles. Laws requiring drivers to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks are not enforced. Parking minimums are causing excessive off-street parking, and new gated “superblocks” present an impermeable, lifeless façade to the street. As motor vehicle fleets grow at rates of 20% or more in many cities, congestion, livability, and all types of pollution are worsening. The negative impacts are felt by all, and especially by lower income groups dependent upon buses, bicycles and walking for accessibility to jobs and opportunities.
ITDP China works to plan, design and implement projects that promote mass transit and non-motorized transportation. These projects and policies support smart growth that is accessible to all city residents and reduces the environmental costs of transit. Sustainable transportation and equitable transit oriented development are integral parts of the solution to China’s growing social and environmental concerns.
ITDP China provides technical support for urban transportation and urban development demonstration projects and policies in: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), complete streets & greenways, TOD, parking & TDM, bike sharing, communications & outreach, and the dissemination of best practices.
Learn more at www.itdp-china.org, and see individual city pages for more details on ITDP’s ongoing projects.