The Chinese city of Yichang has won the 2016 Sustainable Transport Award for its innovative and sustainable transport projects.
The second-largest city in the Hubei Province was recognised for launching a successful bus rapid transit system (BRT), implementing parking improvements and introducing a new bike-sharing scheme.
Yichang beat-off stiff competition from finalists Moscow (Russia) and Rosario (Argentina).
The vice-mayor of Yichang, Chuanqiang Mao, was presented with the award at a ceremony in Washington, DC.
‘Our policy is that green transportation and sustainable development is a key solution to solving traffic problems. We are encouraging non-motorised transport in the form of improving our BRT system and building our bike-sharing systems and prioritising buses,’ Mao told Cities Today.
Moscow’s work in improving parking management, adding hundreds of kilometres of bicycle lanes and expanding its bike-sharing system earned it an honourable mention at the awards.
Argentina’s third largest city, Rosario, was praised for improving the integration and accessibility of public transport across the city, investing in cycling infrastructure and extending dedicated bus lanes.