Seoul’s High Line Project

Seoul has torn down a lot of overpasses in the last ten years. Alone in this year two overpasses (Ahyeon overpass and Yaksu overpass) have been removed. The majority of elevated roads was built in the 1970s. Now they have very high maintenance costs and even though many people won’t believe it, they are very counterproductive for the  traffic flow because they mainly favor automobiles. That’s the reason why most of them are being removed. After destroying a lot of overpasses, Seoul is finally going to keep one and transform it to a green space for citizens. Read more of this post

Bicycle Paths on Jeju-Do

Korea is a great country for leisure cycling. This can be experienced first hand at the major rivers and on Jeju-do, the largest island of South Korea. I’ve traveled to Jeju-do and cycled along the shore for a week. The island is very special in many aspects. Here I want to take a closer look at the bike infrastructure because  Jeju-do offers certain types of bike lanes.

This was my route (each color represents a different day):

Jejubicycle

Please click here for an interactive Google Map! As usual for cycling tours around Jeju, the route was anti-clockwise. I recorded the trip with Strava and at the end it said that I cycled 283 km.  Read more of this post

Avoid, Shift and Improve Concept Applied to Korea

Just recently I heard about the Avoid-Shift-Improve approach for the first time. It’s an important part of sustainable transportation. I was doing research for university and I saw this great video about the A-S-I concept in Korea. It’s definitely worth to see the 12 min-clip:

There isn’t anything to add from my side about this topic. If you want to see more videos related to transport in Korea, please check out the playlist of my YouTube-account.

A Ride through the EcoMobility Festival Area

In my previous post with pictures of Haenggunk-dong after the EcoMobility World Festival, I promised to upload some videos. Here they are! They show a ride through this area along the main street and then through many side alleys before getting back on the main road. If the videos feel strange, then it’s because I used the Youtube stabilization feature. Here’s the first video, which ends with a funny surprise:

Then we got back on the main street and experienced various sorts of traffic on the streets:

‘World Cup Bridge’ Completion Date Moved to 2017

“World Cup Bridge” (월드컵대교) is the name of the 22nd bridge which is being constructed across the Han River between Mapo-gu and Yeongdeungpo-gu in order to relieve traffic congestion. This is not recent news by any means, construction on the bridge having started back in February 2010.

Nevertheless, many citizens of Seoul still seem unaware of this new road and pedestrian link which was originally planned to be  completed in the latter half of 2015. According to Financial News, that date has now been changed to 2017 due to reasons including difficulty procuring capital.

월드컵대교조감도

Plans for the World Cup Bridge – Image: Hjzzumnet (WIkicommons)

The exact location of the bridge runs from Yangpyeong-dong in Yeongdeungpo-gu to Sangam-dong, right next to the World Cup Stadium in Mapo-gu. It’s located between the Gayang and Seongsan Bridges, approximately only 650 metres west of the latter. Accordingly, the bridge’s other name used during planning has been the “2nd Seongsan Bridge”.

The 1.98km bridge which is cable stayed and six lanes wide will be built by Samsung C&T at a cost of 334.5 billion won. The southern part of the bridge will link up with Gonghang-ro and the Seobu Expressway, with the northern end meeting Jeungsan-ro and the Naebu Expressway. One good thing about the bridge is that it features dual  bicycle lanes which link up to other cycle lanes along the Han River parks. The bridge will be built so that up to 5000 ton cruise ships can pass below it after coming through the Gyeongin Waterway which officially started operations in May last year.

Read more about the bridge in Korean here or English here(old article).

Pictures of EcoMobility Festival Area in June

After the last post introduced the EcoMobility World Festival to readers, this time I want to show the current progress of the preparations. On Sunday, July 23rd, I visited the prospective festival area. If you want to transform a neighborhood to a car-free area, it takes much more than just removing cars. Long-term changes have to done in the built environment. Let’s start our tour at the beginning of the main street:

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EcoMobility Festival in Suwon

Can you imagine that a neighborhood in Korea removes all cars and uses many alternatives methods of transport for a whole month? For me, it’s hard to imagine but in September Suwon City and ICLEI are going to hold the “EcoMobility World Festival” (in Korean “수원 생태교통 2013″). The organizers promise a “unique ecomobile experience” and it’s the first festival of this kind in the world. The event’s brochure features the following image:

You can see a mix between public transport, bicycles, bike-taxis and so on. “One month. One Neighborhood. No Cars”, that’s one of the slogans. How can this equation work? Read more of this post

Vision of Transport in Seoul for 2030

Surprisingly, last week the Seoul Metropolitan Government published their vision for transport in 2030. This is going to lead the direction of transport planning in Seoul for almost two decades. The picture shows how the measures are divided: 1. people (red), 2. sharing (blue), 3. environment (green)

I’m going to introduce to you the most important ideas of each part and in the summary I’ll try to point out the most important problems which might hinder the realization of this vision. Read more of this post

Road Safety in Korea

Korea is constantly developing its infrastructure and realizing new rail or road projects. In my opinion, the quality of road infrastructure and public transport here is on a similar level with Germany, France and United Kingdom. However, if you take a look at the number of accidents and deaths caused by traffic, South Korea is far behind the majority of OECD countries. This post tries to look at the situation, reasons and possible solutions. Read more of this post

Bike Path Extension at Cheonggyecheon

Since the first time that I’ve heard that the whole Cheonggyecheon is going to be sidelined with bike paths, I waited for this day. I marked it in my calendar, too. Finally, today on this lovely Sunday was the first event and together with a lot of other people I cycled from the beginning to the stream on car-free roads and on separated bike lanes.
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