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Sustainable Urban Mobility in Asia (SUMA) News Digest Vol. 6 Issue 4 - 1 May 2009

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      Sustainable Urban Mobility in Asia (SUMA) News Digest Vol. 6 Issue 4 - 1 May 2009

      SUMA News Digest is a free monthly e-mail publication that features news, information, and events related to sustainable urban transportation in Asia.

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      SUMA PARTNERS ON THE MOVE!

      EMBARQ aids in Successful Bid for Indore City Buses

      The city of Indore secured Rs. 70 crores ($14 million) from the Indian government's stimulus package to purchase 170 new transit buses featuring low-entry platforms and air conditioning. The new fleet could double the city's total bus ridership, which is currently measured at about 110,000 passengers per day in April 2008.

      Read more: http://www.cstindia.org/node/65

      First National Stakeholders' Consultation on EST Strategy for the Philippines

      The National Stakeholders Conference for the Formulation of the National EST Strategy was conducted on April 22, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila, Ortigas Center.  The first draft of the National EST Strategy for the Philippines was discussed among the multi-stakeholders concerned with environmentally sustainable transport issues in the Philippines.  Read more on Philippines EST process at http://www.ncts.upd.edu.ph/est/?page_id=2

      Document on "Transportation Demand Management” and "Cycling-inclusive Policy Development”

      Transportation Demand Management (TDM) aims to maximize the efficiency of the urban transport system using a wide range of measures, including Congestion Pricing, Public Transport Improvement, Promoting Non-motorised Transport, Fuel Taxation and Parking Management. This document presents an overview on international practices, approaches and supports the design of a TDM strategy.

      GTZ SUTP and the Interface for Cycling Expertise (I-Ce) have joined efforts in the development of a training document entitled "Cycling-inclusive Policy Development: A Handbook". This handbook provides detailed information on how to develop cycling-friendly policies and facilities.

      The publications are also part of Sustainable Urban Mobility in Asia (SUMA) initiative. Read more @ http://www.sutp.org/

      Cleaning Up 2-Stroke Tricycles in Metro Manila

      On 2 March 2009, the Mayor of Mandaluyong City, the Partnership for Clean Air (PCA) (the Country Network of the CAI-Asia Center), Envirofit Philippines, the Mandaluyong Federation of Tricycle Associates, and the Rizal Technological University - Kawani Multi-purpose Cooperative signed a memorandum of agreement to retrofit 240 2-stroke tricycles with direct-injection technology this year. With the support of the Philippine Institute of Petroleum (PIP), PCA agreed to subsidize approximately PhP 2.6 M for the retrofitting of the 2-stroke tricycles in Mandaluyong City, while Envirofit will focus on ensuring the success of the project and demonstrate direct injection technology. Read more @ http://www.cleanairnet.org/caiasia/1412/propertyvalue-26873.html

      NEWSREPORTS

      HEADLINES

      ASEAN : ASEAN to set up transport infrastructure fund

      http://www.cleanairnet.org/caiasia/1412/article-73336.html

      South Korea : Public Transport for Physically Challenged

      http://www.cleanairnet.org/caiasia/1412/article-73348.html

      Singapore: Cleaner air for better health

      http://www.cleanairnet.org/caiasia/1412/article-73347.html

      Malaysia : Time to revamp KL transport system

      http://www.cleanairnet.org/caiasia/1412/article-73346.html

      Vietnam: Drunk drivers involved in 10% of traffic crashes: experts

      http://www.cleanairnet.org/caiasia/1412/article-73340.html

      Vietnam: Dust hazard threatens southern metro: experts

      http://www.cleanairnet.org/caiasia/1412/article-73339.html

      Bangladesh : Bluebooks proposed for rickshaws, carts

      http://www.cleanairnet.org/caiasia/1412/article-73341.html

      Pakistan : Rapid Mass Transit System: Cabinet committee amends TOR to launch survey

      http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009\05\01\story_1-5-2009_pg11_4

      Global : Urban planning: How to deal with too many people in too little space

      http://www.cleanairnet.org/caiasia/1412/article-73335.html

      India : A bus to nowhere

      http://www.cleanairnet.org/caiasia/1412/article-73338.html

      Asia : The Economics of Climate Change in Southeast Asia: A Regional Review

      http://www.adb.org/Documents/Speeches/2009/ms2009026.asp

      Indonesia : Paratransit network still stuck at slow lane

      http://www.cleanairnet.org/caiasia/1412/article-73345.html

      China : Drive to discard polluting vehicles

      http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2009-04/21/content_7697326.htm

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      INTERESTING FINDS/SEMINARS

      Future Urban Transport conference

      The Future Urban Transport conference took place in Göteborg, Sweden on April 19-21, 2009. It was organized by the City of Göteborg, Volvo and the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations, VREF. The presentations are uploaded @ http://www.fut.se/conferences/fut/conferenceprogramme.4.5e87830d11d3f17e30680007636.html

      What Policies are Effective at Reducing Carbon Emissions from Surface Passenger Transport?

      This report by the UK Energy Research Centre reviews a set of interventions to encourage behavioural and technological change. The report has the following objectives:

      • Review the evidence for CO2 emission reduction potential and cost-effectiveness across policies that target car technology/choice and those that target wider travel choices
      • Identify the key issues and problems associated with each policy type
      • Identify whether and where policies are complementary or synergistic
      • Identify evidence gaps and highlight future research needs
      • Draw conclusions relevant to current UK policy

      Read more @ http://www.ukerc.ac.uk/Downloads/PDF/T/TPA_transport_final.pdf

      Urban Passenger Transport: How People Move About in Australian Cities

      The Australian Government has released a report that examines passenger transport in Australia's eight capital cities over the period 1977 to 2008. In the sixty years since the end of the Second World War, Australian cities have been transformed from fairly tightly knit core-and-spoke configurations, to sprawling suburban low-density configurations. The implications are huge…. Read more @ http://www.bitre.gov.au/publications/05/Files/IS31.pdf

       

      Trends in older people’s travel patterns

      Land Transport New Zealand has released a report that explores trends in older people’s travel patterns using data collected in a 1997-1998 survey and comparing it to data collected from 2004 to 2007. Read more @ http://www.landtransport.govt.nz/research/reports/369.pdf

      McKinsey Report - Roads toward a low carbon future (Mar 2009)

      The report is based on an 18-month joint effort of McKinsey & Company's Automotive & Assembly Practice and Climate Change Special Initiative. The report finds that meaningful, cost-effective reductions in carbon emissions from passenger vehicles will entail an integrated approach involving a broad range of measures. These measure could include vehicle upgrades for greater fuel efficiency, broad use of biofuels, swift improvements to road and traffic infrastructure, greater use of publci transportation, and driver education to capture the benefits of more fuel-efficient eco-driving.  Review it @ http://www.mckinsey.com/clientservice/ccsi/pdf/roads_toward_low_carbon_future.pdf

      EU Transport GHG: Routes to 2050?

      The first stakeholder event of the EU Transport GHG: Routes to 2050?  project was held at the Borschette conference centre in Brussels on 27 March, which was attended by around 100 people. The aim of the event was to inform stakeholders about the project, its objectives and timescales. Additionally, there were presentations on the findings of the two aspects of the work that have been undertaken to date, as well as presentations from a number of stakeholders. The documents are uploaded @ http://www.eutransportghg2050.eu/cms/first-stakeholder/

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      MARK YOUR CALENDARS
      Sustainable Development 2009, Cyprus, 13 - 15 May 2009
      http://www.wessex.ac.uk/09-conferences/sustainable-development-2009.html

      Transport for a Global Economy -Challenges & Opportunities in the Downturn -Leipzig Congress Centre
      26-29 May 2009

      http://www.internationaltransportforum.org/2009/Forum2009.html

      eceee 2009 Summer Study, Côte d'Azur, France, 1-6 June 2009
      http://www.eceee.org/summer_study/

      Urban Transport 2009, Bologna, Italy, 22-24 June 2009
      http://www2.wessex.ac.uk/09-conferences/urban-transport-2009.html

      * * * CONTRIBUTE * * *

      To contribute articles, news items, or event announcements for the next issue, send an email with the complete details and URL source to suma-news-owner@... with subject "FOR SUMA NEWS".  Past
      issues from March and April 2008 are found at  http://groups.google.com/group/suma-news

      * * * ABOUT SUMA * * *

      The Sustainable Urban Mobility in Asia (SUMA) program is supported by the Asian Development Bank through a grant from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. SUMA is implemented by the Clean Air
      Initiative for Asian Cities Center (www.cleanairnet.org/caiasia), in partnership with EMBARQ - the World Resources Institute Center for Sustainable Transport (http://embarq.wri.org), GTZ Sustainable Urban Transport Project ( www.sutp.org), Interface for Cycling Expertise (www.cycling.nl), Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (www.itdp.org), and United Nations Center for Regional Development (www.uncrd.or.jp/est)

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