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.

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

Public Transport in Taipei

The last six days I was in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, for a city-trip. Beforehand I heard a lot of good things about public transport of Taipei and so I was very excited to use subway, bus and other modes of transport. This post is going to summarize my experience and from time to time I’ll compare it with Seoul. The following picture shows the most important historical figures for Taiwan Chiang Kai-shek and China Sun Yat-sen sitting in a train.

Chiang-Kai-shek

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How Good is Seoul’s BRT?

What do you combine with Curitiba in Brazil? Of course, the first thing that comes into mind, is the bus rapid transit system of that city. Curitiba could be described as the inventor of bus rapid transit and their accomplishments set the bar for other cities around the world. If you don’t know what I’m speaking about, let me introduce this special bus system for you: Bus rapid transit is abbreviated as “BRT” and a good definition is given by the New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Agency:

Bus Rapid Transit or BRT has been defined as “a flexible, integrated, high performance transit system with a quality image and a strong identity.” BRT combines the speed, reliability and amenities of rail-based rapid transit systems with the flexibility of buses.

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Seoul Operates Car-Sharing Service

The new year started with big waves in the car-sharing business as Avis bought Zipcar, which previously grew so much that it became a serious competition to traditional car rental services. Zipcar was one of the first car-sharing systems in the world and it’s very popular in the USA. Some days after this big news, I read in the Korean news that Seoul developed a car-sharing system, too. It officially started yesterday Wednesday, Feb 20th and I want to introduce some characteristics of a car-sharing system and what kind you’ll see in Seoul. Read more of this post

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