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.

Haenggunk Neighborhood After the EcoMobility Festival

After EcoMobility (7)On Friday, October 25, I revisited Haengkung-dong in Suwon. This neighborhood was the showcase for the first EcoMobility World Festival. I wrote about it several times in the last few months. Almost one month ago the sustainable transport-experiment finished and the area opened again for cars. This was my first visit since the end of the festival. I didn’t have any high expectations and actually, I thought that the situation would be bad (a pedestrian-unfriendly area) but I was positively surprised. Come with me on a virtual walk through Haengkung-dong!

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Sustainable Transportation in Korea

UN-HABITAT published some weeks ago the GRHS 2013 (Global Report on Human Settlements) with a focus on sustainable human transport. Even though the report sometimes mentions Korea/Seoul and it contains an info-box about the bike sharing system in Changwon (p. 137),  a background study about sustainable transport in East Asia was more interesting for me. This report analyzed the condition of transport in China, Japan, Korea (South AND North), Mongolia and Taiwan. The authors seem to be great experts about mainland China and Shanghai but not so much about other regions. Nevertheless, it gives a nice context about sustainability in the transport sector of Korea. This post is going to summarize their main findings related to Korea without going too deep into the topic.

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Opening of EcoMobility Festival

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 the result of months of constructions and planning. Someone told me that the last construction sites finished in the night. There was still a smell of fresh asphalt in the air.

The main road outside the neighborhood is also partially closed. Only buses and taxis are allowed to drive on the lane towards south, the other lane was open was all traffic and the rest was kept free of traffic. I’m not sure if it’s going to be the whole month like this because it is a very important street in Suwon with a lot of traffic.

EcoMobility

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Overview of Seoul’s Car-Sharing Services

Earlier this year, we wrote about Seoul Metropolitan Government‘s car-sharing service which started two months ago. Actually that wasn’t the first car-sharing service in Korea’s capital and also some more followed soon after it. So this post tries to put up an overview of all the services. Read more of this post

Namsan E-Bus, First Commercial Electric Bus Worldwide

Last summer I went to the N-Tower at the mountain Namsan in Seoul. On the way up the mountain I used the convenient cable car and the view from the tower was great. From the top I’ve saw the following thing:

Electric Bus at Namsan in Seoul

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