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Sustainable Urban Mobility in Asia (SUMA) News Digest Vol. 6 Issue 7 - 11 September 200

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  • Eric Britton
    Sustainable Urban Mobility in Asia (SUMA) News Digest Vol. 6 Issue 7 - 11 September 2009 SUMA News Digest is a free monthly e-mail publication that features
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      Sustainable Urban Mobility in Asia (SUMA) News Digest Vol. 6 Issue 7 -
      11 September 2009

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

      *** VISIT THE SUMA PAGES: http://www.cleanairnet.org/suma ***


      Fourth City Workshop of CAI-Asia China Network: Advancing Vehicle
      Emission Management (VEM): Emission Standards, Fuel Quality and Fuel
      Efficiency4-5 August 2009, Qingdao, China

      The Fourth City Workshop of the CAI-Asia China Network: "Advancing
      Vehicle Emission Management (VEM): Emission Standards, Fuel Quality
      and Fuel Efficiency" was recently concluded in Qingdao, Shandong
      Province on 4-5 August 2009 at the Huanghai Hotel Qingdao. It was
      attended by 11 CAI-Asia member cities plus Beijing; officials and
      staff from Qingdao Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB), Vehicle
      Emissions Control Center (VECC), Tsinghua University, Ministry of
      Environmental Protection (MEP), Asian Development Bank (ADB), CAI-Asia
      Center offices in Manila and Beijing, and the expert from US
      Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). The workshop was a great
      opportunity for cities to exchange experiences in AQM, provide
      feedback on the new AQ and SUT policies and measures planned for
      implementation, learn new and innovative ways to address air
      pollution, and communicate with CAI-Asia their AQ priorities and needs
      in the next few years. During the workshop, CAI-Asia also updated the
      participants with the activities under the Air Quality and Transport
      Programs (SUMA Program).

      To read the presentations at the workshop, please visit

      Ahmedabad BRTS - The new Janmarg BRT system, in the process of being
      completed in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, meets most of the highest standards
      applied internationally. It is already a "best practice" of BRT in
      South Asia, in sharp contrast to the bus corridors in operation in
      Delhi and Pune, which are off to a good start but still have much room
      for improvement.

      To read more, visit



      China: Higher polluting vehicles face higher taxes

      Singapore: Towards a pedestrian-friendly nation

      Viet Nam: HCMC considers Singapore way to get rid of chaos

      Brunei: How 'Green' is Brunei's future?

      Indonesia: New govt urged to fix public transportation services

      India: India to make fuel efficiency mandatory from 2011

      Bangladesh: Bangladesh Launches Special Drive To Ease Traffic Jam

      Bhutan: Traffic ethics non-existent

      Philippines: P3-B ethanol plant is Southeast Asia's 1st

      Thailand: Green fuels to make up 20%

      Thailand: Thailand to propose B2bn road to Tavoy

      Viet Nam: City's traffic situation seen worsening in next 10 years

      Viet Nam: Ha Noi deal signed for VN's first elevated metro

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      Urban Transport Policy as if People and the Environment Mattered:
      Pedestrian Accessibility the First Step

      The rapid growth in motor vehicle ownership and activity in India is
      causing a wide range of serious health, environmental, socio-economic,
      and resource use impacts, even as it provides mobility to millions,
      and contributes to employment and the economy. The loss of
      accessibility for pedestrians is one of the most important of these
      negative impacts, which remains neglected by policy. Urban transport
      planning is fundamentally about moral and political choices - about
      what kind of cities we want for ourselves and our future generations,
      whether urban space is primarily for people or motor vehicles, and
      what we owe each other. While motor vehicles play a vitally important
      role, as do planning and infrastructure for them, and technological
      measures to mitigate their impacts, an urban transport policy that
      focuses on these measures to the exclusion of infrastructure for
      walking and other non-motorised modes is likely to prove futile, even
      counter-productive. There is, therefore, an urgent need for an
      integrated approach that addresses multiple impacts, caters to
      multiple modes and road users, and is sensitive to the needs,
      capabilities and constraints in the Indian context.

      Read more @ http://www.cleanairnet.org/caiasia/1412/article-73551.html
      and http://www.cleanairnet.org/caiasia/1412/article-73581.html

      Driving and the Built Environment: The Effects of Compact Development
      on Motorized Travel, Energy Use, and CO2 Emissions -- Special Report

      TRB Special Report 298: Driving and the Built Environment: Effects of
      Compact Development on Motorized Travel, Energy Use, and CO2 Emissions
      examines the relationship between land development patterns and
      vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the United States to assess whether
      petroleum use, and by extension greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, could
      be reduced by changes in the design of development patterns. The
      report estimates the contributions that changes in residential and
      mixed-use development patterns and transit investments could make in
      reducing VMT by 2030 and 2050, and the impact this could have in
      meeting future transportation-related GHG reduction goals.

      Read Report Summary @

      For the full report, please visit http://www.nap.edu/topics.php?topic=294

      Policy Research Working Paper 5017-Lock-in Effects of Road Expansion
      on CO2 Emissions: Results from a Core-Periphery Model of Beijing

      In the urban planning literature, it is frequently explicitly asserted
      or strongly implied that ongoing urban sprawl and decentralization can
      lead to development patterns that are unsustainable in the long run.
      One manifestation of such an outcome is that if extensive road
      investments occur, urban sprawl and decentralization are advanced and
      locked-in, making subsequent investments in public transit less
      effective in reducing vehicle kilometers traveled by car, gasoline use
      and carbon dioxide emissions. Using a simple core-periphery model of
      Beijing, the authors numerically assess this effect. The analysis
      confirms that improving the transit travel time in Beijing's core
      would reduce the city's overall carbon dioxide emissions, whereas the
      opposite would be the case if peripheral road capacity were expanded.
      This effect is robust to perturbations in the model's calibrated
      parameters. In particular, the effect persists for a wide range of
      assumptions about how location choice depends on travel time and a
      wide range of assumptions about other aspects of consumer

      Read the full paper @

      Cities and Social Equity: Inequality, Territory and Urban Form

      Cities and Social Equity is a report by the Urban Age research team
      with commissioned pieces from Ipsos MORI, United Nations Institute for
      the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (ILANUD), the
      Centre for Metropolitan Studies (CEM), Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV)
      and the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the Mackenzie
      Presbyterian University. In 2008, the Urban Age undertook and
      commissioned research on the five largest cities in South America (São
      Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Bogotá and Lima). With a combined
      population of nearly 60 million and dramatic growth in recent decades,
      these five cities are places of mix, change and extreme polarization
      which can be destabilizing, inhumane and wasteful of resources. Cities
      and Social Equity assesses the impact of inequality in an urban
      context with comparative research and data collection in the five
      cities (including innovative mapping of inequality to identify the
      pockets of privilege and deprivation in each city). While the research
      work commissioned in the report has a specific focus on the problems
      facing São Paulo, the region's pre-eminent city, their findings have
      wider resonance for cities throughout the world.

      Read more @ http://www.urban-age.net//publications/reports/southAmerica/

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      5th International Marketing Conference - Successfully marketing
      public transport, 7-9 October 2009, Lisbon, Portugal

      8th International Conference of EASTS, 19-October, 2009, Surabaya

      Accident Prevention: Road Safety Measures 4th IRF Regional Conference
      on Road Safety, 23 October 2009, New Delhi, India

      2nd MENA Public Transport Congress and Showcase , 25-27 October 2009,
      Doha, Qatar

      TRAINING PROGRAMME, 8th Training Programme for Public Transport
      Managers, 16-18 November 2009, Belfast

      Urban Mobility India - 2009, 3-December 2009, New Delhi

      TRB 89th Annual Meeting, 10 January, 2010, Washington DC

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      * * * 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
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