A global forum on ecomobility took place in Almada (Portugal) on Friday where delegates heard creative and innovative solutions that could enable cities around the world to successfully respond to the mobility issues facing them.
Speakers at the ‘Global EcoMobility Forum: Reinventing Urban Mobility’ on 16 September included Konrad Otto-Zimmermann, the creative director of the Urban Idea and former secretary general of ICLEI, and Gil Peñalosa, founder and chair of the board of 8 80 Cities.
The speakers talked about the need for a more equitable distribution of public space and promoted sustainable and eco-efficient transport modes that foster increased economic activity.
Other issues addressed included congestion, air and noise pollution, high energy consumption, CO2 emissions, excessive appropriation of public space by cars, road accidents and the consequent reduction of the attractiveness of cities as accessible spaces for socialisation and enjoyment.
The event was attended by participants from city councils; central government; transport operators; environment, energy and development agencies; NGOs; universities; students and interested members of the public.
For more information, visit ecomobility.org.