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Five days of EcoMobility Dialogues in Johannesburg, South Africa

The City of Johannesburg will take a giant leap into the green space when it hosts the EcoMobility World Festival in October, becoming the second-ever city in the world to stage the high-profile event. During a whole month the city will close off the streets of a central business district and urge residents to use public transport, dedicated cycle and pedestrian lanes or other forms of non-motorised transport. It will be the only car-free central business district in all of Africa.

In the beginning of the festival month, more than 300 people are expected to participate in the five-day EcoMobility Dialogues 2015. These will include representatives of the City of Johannesburg’s leadership, business experts, thought leaders, practitioners and academics. They will gather to discuss new forms of mobility and urban planning to address the growing mobility needs in developing cities and to support behavioral change regarding transport and climate change.

The Dialogues will focus on topics including transport and climate change, transport demand management, clean bus fleets, behavioral change, and parking management. They will also foster exchange, discussion and debate.

Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Cllr. Mpho Parks Tau, described the Dialogues as the city’s way to demonstrate its commitment to involving all relevant stakeholders on decision-making about EcoMobility in the metropolitan area. “The Dialogues will also help stakeholders to communicate, celebrate and visualise a low-carbon future through the lens of EcoMobility,” Mayor Tau said.

Central Business District without cars? 1 from The Urban Idea GmbH on Vimeo.

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